Women – set healthy goals

Today is a great opportunity for women to take time out to focus on their own health and wellness. Are you ready to commit to some healthier goals this year? Here are some strategies for committing to better health.

Have a physical
A yearly physical, including a well woman exam, is the foundation of good health. During a physical, your physician can get a clear view of your overall health, determine if you could be suffering from any undiagnosed medical conditions, and evaluate how well your current medical treatments are working.

A physical is also a good time to ask questions about your health and address any concerns you have about symptoms or your risk factors for certain diseases. By having a physical each year, your physician can track and identify changes in your health that need further attention.

Stop smoking
Smoking has a tremendous impact on your health. It can do everything from increase your risk of heart attack and stroke to cause mouth and lung cancer. The longer you smoke, the more damage you will do to your body, but when you stop, your body begins to recover immediately.

Quitting smoking is challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your physician can help you find resources that work for you, from support groups in your area or online to medications that reduce cravings, so you can succeed in quitting, even if you’ve tried before.

Learn your numbers
There are certain numbers that mean a lot to your health, and knowing them helps you make smart decisions about your wellness. Make sure you know these numbers:

  • Weight
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood glucose

If you don’t like some of your numbers, ask your doctor about changes you can make to get them in a healthier range.

At Riverside Community Hospital, your health is our priority. If you don’t have a physician, contact us at (951) 788-3463 and ask for a referral to a primary care physician or OBGYN in Riverside .

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