Healthy Women = Healthy Families

A personal note from ACOG President James T. Breeden, MD: This week, I became the 63rd president of ACOG. I am looking forward to the year ahead and to the opportunity, through this blog, to address key health issues for women and the ob-gyn specialty. 

In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, many people (myself included) are busy buying flowers, gifts, cards, and candy for the special women in our lives. During this time, I also like to remind my patients that the best gift they can give to their families and friends is a healthy self.

“Take care of yourself first” may be advice that you’ve heard before, but it bears repeating. So often, women juggle schedules, home life, and work for everyone in their household. In the midst of keeping others on track, their own needs get sidelined. The family calendar may include soccer games, birthday parties, business dinners, and school projects, but what about a spa treatment, time for regular exercise, and a yearly well-woman doctor’s visit?

Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week. This year’s theme, “It’s Your Time,” encourages women to take time every day to do something healthy. Try incorporating good habits, such as being more active each day, making smarter food choices, getting a full night’s sleep, or finding a new way to keep stress under control. If you haven’t had your annual exam, now’s a good time to schedule your appointment.

Starting now and throughout the entire year, remember to make self-health a top priority.

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