The Edmond Sun

State News

May 24, 2012

Women encouraged to put health first

EDMOND —  It’s an unfortunate fact that more than 60 percent of Oklahoma women are overweight and obese, which contributes to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages women to make their health a top priority and take the time to engage in simple steps that can reap big improvements in their health and lower risks of certain diseases. These steps include the following:

• Get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

• Engage in muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days of the week.

• Eat a nutritious diet.

• Avoid smoking.

To highlight the importance of women’s health, the OSDH recognized National Women’s Health Week, from May 13-19. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the health observance.

For women of childbearing age, making time for health improvement is critical. Being healthy before and between pregnancies greatly increases a woman’s chances of having a healthy baby. A statewide initiative, “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” promotes healthy lifestyle choices, which improve the likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. It is also vital for spouses, partners, family and friends to support a woman’s healthy choices. For more information and resources, visit http://iio.health.ok.gov.

The observance of National Women’s Health Week also provides an opportunity for all Oklahomans to learn about the “Shape Your Future” campaign, which challenges individuals, schools, and communities to get involved in improving Oklahoma’s health outcomes. Learn more at www.shapeyourfutureok.

com.

To learn more about how the OSDH supports women’s health, visit www.health.ok.gov or check with your local county health department.

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