National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is this month! The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated through May 14, 2016 (womenshealth.gov).
What steps can I take to better my health?
- Visit a doctor or nurse for a checkup and preventive screening. Women should start having annual exams at the age of 21 or when they become sexually active. Annual exams consist of a pelvic exam and a breast exam. To make an appointment, please call the Student Health Clinic at 404-413-1930.
- Get active. Regular physical activity can improve your overall health by lowering your risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, breast cancer and depression. Recreational Services offers fitness classes free of charge to all students. Class size is limited by space and equipment availability. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis for each class.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help protect yourself from these health problems. The Counseling and Testing Center offers nutritional counseling, as well as individual counseling for those dealing with eating disorders free of charge to all currently enrolled students.
- Pay attention to your mental health. Many people do not put their mental health as a high priority. Over 43.6 million adults in the United States deal with mental illness, and over 40% of them failed to seek help in the past year (National Institute of Mental Health). If you, or someone you know, is experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or any other mental illness, encourage them to get help today.
The Counseling and Testing Center offers free and confidential counseling to all Georgia State University students. For more information on how to make an appointment, call 404-413-1640.