Morgan Ellis is a current undergraduate student at Spelman College who is pursing an English degree with the plans of becoming a physician. She is passionate about, enhancing the accessibility to healthcare, through writing, research and mentoring. This led her to join Emory University’s Health Career Collaborative where she mentored high school students, who have interest in the healthcare fields, by fostering their interest in medicine, science and public health. Over the summer, she was a part of - MGH Youth Neurology Research Program, where she worked with cutting edge technology, through interactive learning sessions in neurology. As a Senior Coordinator at Today's Patient Morgan strives to write, about medicine and medical issues and ensure that they get factual information to help them navigate the healthcare system
Living Our Best Lives: Celebrating Women’s Health Month
May marks Women’s Health Month, which is a time dedicated to the health and wellness of women around the world. The observation starts every year with National Women’s Health Week. The goal of this observance is to ensure that women make their health a priority. It also tries to epuip women with the knowledge to help them improve their health journeys. It is very important for women and girls especially those who have underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular problems and obesity to take care of their health. This article is going to list a couple of ways that women can prioritize their health this month and make them into healthy habits!
Screenings and Check Ups
Regular check-ups are important, it is good to talk to a healthcare provider to find out what screenings and exams are needed and when. If something does not feel right or it is considered concerning then try and use telemedicine if available or make an in-person appointment, or communicate with a doctor or nurse by phone or email.
Healthy Balanced Diet
Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle here are some basics of a healthier eating habit:
Healthy Eating Plan: A Healthy eating plan has vegetables, whole grains, fat freee and low-fat milk and other dair products. It also contains lean meats and low in salt, saturated and trans fats and added sugars.
Folic Acid: Folic acid is a B vitamin that our bodies need to make new cells. It is known for preventing birth defects.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions and lead to chronic diseases.
Physical activity is one of the best thing that can be done for your health and has many benefits including lowering heart disease
Adults should do at least two hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic exercises and should do strengthening activities 2 days a week and include all the major muscle group.
Studies have shown that mental health is directly related to overall health and well-being.
Make time to Unwind: Do some of the activities that you enjoy
Connect with others: Talk with people you trust about your feelings
Find local support groups: Support groups are great because they provide a safe place for people to find comfort
Recognize when you need more help: If stress is prevents your from doing your daily activities for several days in a row or you are thinking about suicide please talk to a pyschologist, social worker or a professional counselor.
Practice Healthy Behaviors
Getting Enough Sleep: Adults need at least 7 hours of sleep every night and Children adn adolescence should be getting 8 to 12 hours.
Be smoke free: Smoking harms every organ in the body and overall health. If you are ready to quit please call (1-800-784-6889).