Women are widely known as the caregivers in a family, most often putting the care of others above themselves.  During National Women's Health Week, women are urged to make their health a priority.

“As women, we often put the comfort and well-being of others before ourselves," said Dr. Laura Maple, OB/GYN at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  "It is important to remember to take time to set new goals and work towards a healthier lifestyle.”

May 12 - 18, 2019 is National Women’s Health Week.  Every year during this time,  millions of women take steps to improve their health and build positive healthy habits for life.

Each year women should check off several tests and screenings to ensure their good health - including a visit with their primary care physician.  “Having an annual health visit is a great opportunity to take charge of your health," says Dr. Maple. “If issues are found early they will be easier to treat and will be more likely to lead to successful outcomes.”

Other things women can do to live healthier lifestyles are to get active and eat healthy.  Good nutrition is especially important for older adults, so it is important to pay attention to serving sizes and how to eat better for heart health.  Being active doesn’t necessarily require going to a gym, there are many other options to help you stay fit and strong.

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