Here are some free resources for women from the Library’s Health and Wellness Resource Center:
Women have unique health needs, but the good news is that there is plenty of great information out there to aid us in our quest to live healthy lives. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health provides many helpful suggestions for women who are looking to be proactive about health.
Among the steps the office advocates are:
- Pursuing at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week, one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity or a combination of both
- Eating a nutritious diet that limits sodium, trans and saturated fats, cholesterol and added sugars and is rich in fruits, vegetables and grains
- Visiting a healthcare professional on a regular basis to pursue preventive screenings
- Avoiding risky behaviors like smoking
The Women’s Health web site provides links to myriad health resources on specific diseases and conditions. It also includes helpful tools to assist women in taking the first steps to live healthier. Included among those tools are the following:
- Body Mass Index Calculator
- Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-Year Risk of Having a Heart Attack
- Screening Tests and Immunization Guidelines for Women
Additional resources on women’s health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its website with women’s health information including a “Hot Topics” section, which addresses common health topics affecting women, among them women and diabetes, pregnancy, heart health for women, menopause and more. The FDA website also has a section dedicated to ongoing research being conducted in areas of women’s health.
The website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also contains helpful women’s health information and statistics including a page dedicated to healthy living tips and an RSS feed of women’s health-related news.