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Stress : Have a Healthy Mother's Day

May is all about celebrating mothers! Being a mom means caring for others, but it's important for mothers to make their own health a priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that moms of every age take steps to live a healthier life.

Eat healthy. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables help reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fresh fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other health-promoting substances. They're also naturally low in fat and calories.

Move more. Physical activity can help control your weight; reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers; strengthen bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood, and increase your chances of living longer. Walk, run, dance, bike, or do anything else to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

Sleep well. Too little sleep is linked to a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression. How you feel and perform during the day depends on how well you slept the night before. To determine how much sleep is enough, check out the CDC's sleep guidelines.

Manage stress. Sometimes stress can be helpful -- it can help us develop the skills to cope with and adapt to new situations. But overwhelming stress can take a toll on your health and your ability to take care of yourself and your family. The best ways to manage stress are through self-care. Find support, connect socially, and stay active.

Share history. Know and pass on your family health history, which is a written record of the diseases and health conditions in your family. Family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments that may influence their risk of chronic disease.

Check yourself. Many women experience depression, including pregnant women, postpartum women, and those who are not pregnant. If you're worried about the way you've been feeling, it's important to tell someone. Talk to your health care practitioner.

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