Health officials remind women to make health a priority during National Women's Health Week

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each Mother's Day marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week.

The West Central Health District is using this week to remind women to make their health a top priority. The nationwide initiative encourages women to take steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.

"It starts every year after Mother's Day. It's a week set aside so women can remember how important they are to everybody and to remember their health," says Pamela Kirkland, public relations and information coordinator for West Central Health District Georgia.

For better health, women are encouraged to do the following:

Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings

Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day

Eat a nutritious diet

Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking, heavy drinking, distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt

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