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8 Easy Ways You Can Take Action for National Women’s Health Week

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So, I’m a female health writer and it's National Women’s Health Week. It’s Monday, May 9, 2016, and I’m in bed canoodling with my laptop. Still “jammified” as we say in our family, i.e., in pajamas, with a cup of coffee and a glass of water on the nightstand.

This year, National Women’s Health Week lasts from May 8 – 14, 2016. It was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, with the intention of empowering women to prioritize their health. (1)

Allow me to empower you from my bed.

A Tale of 8 Healthy Habits in a Perfectly Normal Life

After a good eight hours sleep, I did manage to leave the bed this morning. I made coffee, prepared toast with avocado spread and red pepper strips on the side for my vegan daughter.

I kissed my husband goodbye as he left with some whole-milk, plain yogurt to eat at work. I ate a piece of sprouted bread with avocado. I poured whole milk in my coffee, no sugar.

Despite hating the phone, hating doctors and hating appointments, I’m going for a follow-up eye exam later today.

Tomorrow I’m playing tennis, twice — once in the morning with fierce opponents, and once at night, in a couples league composed of tennis players and their coerced, non-tennis spouses. I’ll play two more times later in the week.

Can you find the positive health habits buried in my routine?

1) Get enough sleep.

Adequate sleep is linked to clearer thinking, more energy, improved mood, cardiovascular health, a stronger immune system and lower weight. Read more about what sleep does for your body here.

2) Eat a plant-based diet.

Vegan diets consist of plant foods exclusively: fruits, grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes. Vegetarian diets are low in animal products and exclude meat.

Most studies show vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk of numerous health problems, including obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.(3)

1) NWHW. WomensHealth.gov. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

2) 10 Reasons to Turn In Early: The Benefits of Sleep. EmpowHer.com Retrieved May 9, 2016.

3) Vegetarian Diets. heart.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

4) Full-fat Dairy May Reduce Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity. EmpowHer.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

5) Breaks in Sedentary Time: Beneficial associations with metabolic risk. care.diabetesjournals.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

6) Sugar and Heart Disease. GoRedForWomen.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

7)  Water, Hydration and Health. NIH.gov. Retrieved May 9, 2016.

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EmpowHER Guest

Love how you said you crawled back into your office. That is SO me. Your tip about getting up every hour and moving around.. whether it's in a bricks and mortar setting.. or from your home office (my bed) is a great idea. Thanks for the helpful tips.

May 12, 2016 - 5:02pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for reading. I feel myself turning to jello when I don't get up regularly....

May 13, 2016 - 8:06am
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