National Women's Health Week

May 13–19, 2018


Quiz: What's your health score?

 

How much do you know about healthy living? Choose the healthiest option within these eight scenarios to find out.


Soooo hungry (maybe even #hangry). You're making dinner after work. How much of your plate is made up of fruits and vegetables?

Smart choice!

Fruits and vegetables are a key part of healthy eating. Experts recommend that half your plate be fruits or vegetables at each meal. Try making vegetables the main dish or have two vegetable sides. Fruit can be dessert!

Make room for more.

Fruits and vegetables are a key part of healthy eating. Experts recommend that half your plate be fruits or vegetables at each meal. Try making vegetables the main dish or have two vegetable sides. Fruit can be dessert!

It's happy hour! You said you wanted to cut back on drinking. How many drinks can you have with your friends tonight?

You got it!

When it comes to drinking, the key is moderation. If you choose to drink, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than one drink a day for women. Having four drinks in about 2 hours is considered binge drinking. Heavy drinking is more than eight drinks per week for women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking alcohol increases your risk of breast cancer and heart disease. So, if you do not drink, you shouldn't start.

Not quite…

When it comes to drinking, the key is moderation. If you choose to drink, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than one drink a day for women. Having four drinks in about 2 hours is considered binge drinking. Heavy drinking is more than eight drinks per week for women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking alcohol increases your risk of breast cancer and heart disease. So, if you do not drink, you shouldn't start.

Making time for sleep. It's been a busy week, and you've been going to bed late every night. How many hours of sleep do you really need anyway?

High five!

Experts recommend that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep helps reduce stress, improves your mood, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and more. Try to maintain your good sleep habits now to make sleep easier and better for you when you're older.

More matters.

Experts recommend that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep helps reduce stress, improves your mood, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and more. If you're not getting enough sleep, take small steps to help yourself fall asleep faster or make more time for your sleep routine. Put your phone away earlier in the night. Prevent middle-of-the-night bathroom visits by limiting drinks after dinner. Keep a notebook by your bed to write down any worries that keep you awake. Try to build and maintain good sleep habits now; it will only make your future sleep that much easier and better!

Hustle for the muscle. You're committed to upping your workout game, so how many hours are you carving out for exercise this week?

That's the way to work it!

Women need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderately intense exercise, such as brisk walking, to maintain good health. This works out to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Or you can opt for 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, such as cycling. Women also need muscle-strengthening activities — like yoga or pushups — two or more days a week.

Up the hustle.

Women need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderately intense exercise, such as brisk walking, to maintain good health. This works out to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Or you can opt for 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, such as cycling. Women also need muscle-strengthening activities — like yoga or pushups — two or more days a week.

Doctor's orders. After a few days of taking antibiotics for your strep throat, you're feeling better. What do you do with the rest of your antibiotics?

That's right!

It's important to take all medicines exactly as directed by your doctor. If you stop taking your antibiotics too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you. That's why it's so important to finish treatment, even if you feel better.

Warning!

It's important to take all medicines exactly as directed by your doctor. If you stop taking your antibiotics too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect you. That's why it's so important to finish treatment, even if you feel better.

Sweet tooth! Most of us like our treats, but you know that there's way too much ice cream in your freezer. How much added sugar should you really have each day?

Smart thinking.

Added sugars should make up less than 10% of your total daily calories. For example, in a 2,000-calorie diet, no more than 200 calories should come from added sugars. Natural sugars, like what you'd find in fruit, aren't added sugars, so you don't have to count those! Added sugar is in obvious places like cookies and cake, but it's also in less obvious foods like spaghetti sauce and granola bars. Check the food label to see how much sugar is in your favorites!

If you are diabetic, please consult with your doctor or nurse about your sugar intake. Read more about diabetes.

Here's the deal…

Added sugars should make up less than 10% of your total daily calories. For example, in a 2,000-calorie diet, no more than 200 calories should come from added sugars. Natural sugars, like what you'd find in fruit, aren't added sugars, so you don't have to count those! Added sugar is in obvious places like cookies and cake, but it's also in less obvious foods like spaghetti sauce and granola bars. Check the food label to see how much sugar is in your favorites!

If you are diabetic, please consult with your doctor or nurse about your sugar intake. Read more about diabetes.

Fun in the sun. You're going for a walk outside, but it's pretty cloudy. Do you apply sunscreen?

You're so sun-smart!

The sun's ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even if it's cloudy or cool.

Actually…

The sun's ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even if it's cloudy or cool.

Feeling overwhelmed. About to break into tears. You constantly feel sad, and it's starting to get in the way of your day-to-day activities. What do you do?

You're taking mental health seriously.

Crying a lot, not being able to get out of bed, or feeling emotionally numb is not healthy. If any of this sounds like you, you're not alone and may be depressed. Each year, about 1 in 5 U.S. women experiences some type of mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Exercise and healthy eating can help you feel better, but you might also need to talk to your doctor or another health care professional about counseling or medicines. Ask a friend to help if it all seems overwhelming. If you are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

It's OK to ask for help.

Crying a lot, not being able to get out of bed, or feeling emotionally numb is not healthy. If any of this sounds like you, you're not alone and may be depressed. Each year, about 1 in 5 U.S. women experiences some type of mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Exercise and healthy eating can help you feel better, but you might also need to talk to your doctor or another health care professional about counseling or medicines. Ask a friend to help if it all seems overwhelming. If you are in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

You got out of 8 correct.