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For important info on the Affordable Care Act health plan coverage, which can be found on the National Women's Law Center website.

Click here to find out if and when your Health Plan will begin covering Women's Preventive Services with No Co-Pay.

  

  

National Women's Health
Featured Health Observance

Regular physical activity can lower your risk of many conditions, including heart disease,
stroke, type II diabetes, colon and breast cancers and depression. These health benefits
are gained by doing the following each week:

* 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity OR
* 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity OR
* A combination of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity AND
* Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days

You can gain even more benefits by boosting activity to 5 hours of moderate intensity or
2 hours and 30 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity each week
.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness
Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
Screening tests such as mammography look for the breast cancer before there are any symptoms.
These tests can help find cancer early, when it may be easier to treat.  Be sure to schedule your
mammogram or check-up, and remind the women in your life to do the same.

* Starting in your 20's, women should have a clinical breast exam every 3 years until age 39.
* Women ages 40 and older should have a clinical breast exam every year.
* Starting at age 40, women should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.

Some women will need different tests at different ages.  Ask your doctor which screening plan is
right for you.

Cervical Health Awareness
Your cervical health is important to your overall health.  There are many ways to help protect
your cervical health.

* Women up to age 26 can get vaccinated against the types of genital human papilloma virus
(HPV) that cause most cases of cervical and genital warts.  Ask your doctor about the vaccine.
* Make sure to have a pelvic exam once a year.
* Have a pap test to screen for cervical cancer.  Ask your doctor how often you need it.
* Dodn't smoke.  Smoking can raise your risk of cervical cancer.
* Be faithful to just one partner.

Use a condom every time you have sex.  Condoms don't alwaysprotect you from HPV, but they
may reduce your risk.

 Signs of a Stroke
A stroke happens fast.  The most common signs of a stroke are sudden:

* Numbness or weakness of the face and leg, especially on one side of the body.
* Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
* Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
* Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding.
* Severe headache with no known cause.

If you have any of these symptoms or see anyone with these symptoms call 911 right away.
Every minute counts!

 Signs of a Heart Attack
The most common sign of a heart attack is a mild or strong pain or discomfort in the center
of the chest.  It can last more than a few minutes, or it can go away and come back.  Other
common
 signs of a heart attack include:

* Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
* Shortness of breath (feeling like you can't get enough air).
* Nausea or vomiting.
* Feeling faint or woozy.
* Breaking out in a cold sweat.

Warning:  Some wome may feel very tired, sometimes for days or weeks before a heart attack
occurs.  Women may also have heartburn, a cought, heart flutters or lose their appetite.

 

Lowering Stress
* Find your favorite ways to relax
* Make time for yourself
* Try to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night
* Talk to friends about your stress
* Get help from a professional therapist
* Compromise - give in once in a while to avoid stressful arguing
* Write down your thoughts
* Help others
* Get a hobby
* Set limits with yourself and other
* Don't deal with stress in unhealthy ways

AS WOMEN WE MUST TAKE CHARGE OF OUR HEALTH!

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