Health Experts urge women to make health a priority

By: Megan Lowry Email
By: Megan Lowry Email

It’s no secret that moms are busy. From making lunch to driving kids to band and sports, it’s hard for moms to find time for themselves.

As part of National Women's Health Week the Department of Health and Human Services is pushing for women to remember to get a wellness check.

According to the CDC in the last 10 years 60 percent more women have died from heart disease or stroke. Doctors say both of those can be preventable if women are getting their yearly check-ups

"If I don't take care of myself I can't take care of them," said Ashley Drexel.

The mother or two says she keeps up with her toddler and preschooler by staying healthy.

"I think it's important that you have to take care of all the little things otherwise they become a big I usually call a friend whose a nurse or my mom to see if there is something I need to check up on,” said Drexel.

Learning to balance taking care of family and taking care of you is something experts say women have to work at.

"We see a lot of problems where women aren't sleeping well or eating well and not exercising and when that goes on for several years it create some long term health issues," said Nurse Practitioner Linda Poirier.

Poirier who runs Willow Creek Women's Clinic in Eau Claire says since the medical guidelines switched for telling women to get a pap smear every year to every few years more and more women have also skipped their wellness checkup.

"A pap-smear is really just a small, small part of the annual exam. The importance is looking at everything in your life. I've had women come in with new onset of hypertension and high cholesterol that have gone unchecked for years,” said Poirier.

Poirier says often times getting a checkup will prevent health concerns from getting serious

For mom Anna Sandberg making sure she's staying healthy just takes a little extra planning.

"I try to make mine a priority as much as I can because i keep in mind that I want to be healthy for my kids,” said Sandberg.


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