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10 Tips to Improve Women’s Health

In the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, your health might not always be top of mind. That’s why our women’s health specialists at Lehigh Valley Health Network put together 10 simple things you can do to live longer, live better and live happier.

  1. Get informed. Know your family health history and ask your health care provider for specific information regarding your needs.

  2. Be good to your bones. Get plenty of calcium every day by eating foods such as milk and other dairy products, tofu, leafy green vegetables, canned salmon or sardines, and calcium-fortified juices or breads. Speak with your health care provider about calcium supplements.

  3. Avoid alcohol. For women, moderate drinking stops at one drink a day. That’s one 5-ounce glass of wine, one 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits. Remember that the alcohol content of each type of drink can vary widely.

  4. Take medicine wisely. Read the labels, follow the instructions carefully and remind your health care provider or pharmacist about any other medicines or supplements you might be taking that could interact with your medicines. If you have any questions about possible side effects, call your health care provider or pharmacist.

  5. Play it safe. Buckle up. Wear a bike helmet. Use smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Wear sunscreen and UV protected sunglasses. Practice safe sex by using condoms to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

  6. Don’t smoke. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the country.

  7. Eat smart. Fill your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

  8. Get moving. Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day can improve the way you look and feel, both physically and mentally.

  9. Take time for yourself. Get connected with family, friends and your community. Do things you enjoy.

  10. Get checked. Get regular checkups, preventive exams and immunizations. And at health exams, speak with your provider about important cancer screenings, such as when you should have a Pap test, mammogram or other cancer screening.

Set aside some time to take care of you by making an appointment with your primary care provider.

  • If you already have an LVPG primary care provider, make your appointment on MyLVHN or on your MyLVHN app.
  • To find a new doctor or advanced practice clinician, visit LVHN.org/Findadoc or call 888-402-LVHN (5846) to speak with one of our professional staff who can help you schedule a visit that fits your calendar.