National Women's Health Week

May 13–19, 2018

Your 50s

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You're in your 50s! What can you do to live a healthier life?

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Be healthier with one, or all, of the steps below! Get the conversation started at your next well-woman visit with this list.

A well-woman visit is a yearly preventive checkup with your doctor. It's a time to check in on how you're doing, how you'd like to be doing, and what changes you can make to reach your health goals.

In addition to talking with your doctor or nurse about your health, you may also need certain vaccines (shots) and medical tests. You do not need every test every year!

A yearly well-woman visit won't cost you anything extra if you already have health insurance. Most private health plans cover certain preventive care benefits, including a yearly well-woman visit, without charging a copay or coinsurance or making you meet your deductible. If you don't have insurance, you can still see a doctor or nurse for free or low-cost at a health center near you.
It's easy to say you're going to eat healthy, quit smoking, or start exercising, but it's much harder to actually do it! Get started with the personalized recommendations at myhealthfinder.

To live a healthy life:

Every day I will try to:
  • Eat healthy — go to to get started
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Get help to quit or don't start smoking
  • Limit alcohol use to one drink or less
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike and wear protective gear for sports
  • Wear a seatbelt in cars and not text and drive
  • Not use illegal drugs or misuse prescription drugs
Talk to my doctor at least once a year about:
  • Menopause symptoms
  • My weight, diet, and physical activity level
  • My tobacco and alcohol use
  • Any violence in my life
  • Depression and any other mental health concerns
  • My family health history, especially my cancer risk
Ask if I need these tests, medicines, or vaccines this year:
  • Low-dose aspirin
  • Blood pressure
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholesterol
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis B and hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Lung cancer (55 and older*)
  • Mammogram
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Pap and HPV
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, or whooping cough
  • Tuberculosis

* The decision to get any medical test or procedure is a personal one between you and your doctor, at any age. These age ranges are suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and may not apply to every person.

These guidelines are based on recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.