Building Health Awareness for Women

Dr. Dana Scott with patient
Dr. Dana Scott with a patient in the UConn Health Women's Center (Photo by Kristin Wallace)

Did you know that Women’s Health Awareness Month is observed in May? It is important to recognize that maintaining good health is more than just highlights during a month of heightened awareness; it is a lifelong journey. It is a good reminder for women to continually look for opportunities to further build and enhance a healthy lifestyle.

These tips will help you move toward better health:

    • See your health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings, and vaccines.
    • Get active.
      • Move your body for 20 to 30 minutes daily.
      • Find something that works for you.
    • Eat healthy.
      • Stop dieting, and change your mindset toward food.
      • Eat a sensible diet daily that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, smart carbs, and fiber.
      • Drink plenty of water.
    • Pay attention to your mental health.
      • Manage stress.
      • Get enough sleep.
    • Practice safe behaviors.
      • Quit smoking.
      • Don’t text while driving.
      • Protect yourself from sexually-transmitted diseases.

“I recommend that women schedule annual appointments with their health care providers,” says Dr. Ramzi Alkass, director of the UConn Health Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “At these appointments, we typically discuss pertinent topics including contraception management as well as any specific patient concerns. We also perform health screenings such as mammograms and pap smears when appropriate.”

Making simple adjustments can help you live a longer and healthier life.