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It's National Women's Health Week - What screenings should you have at your age?

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National Women's Health Week is coming up starting this Mother's Day weekend.

I glanced at the recommended healthcare screenings for someone in her 40's (a group I will be joining later this year). I was shocked at how much changes in this decade of life. Being a woman takes quite a bit of maintenance work!

Several Minnesota events are being held, including a Women's Midlife Program sponsored by hospitals across the United States, next week at Ridgeview Medical Center in Chaska.

Many women, especially those with children, often put themselves last in line. They often bypass exercise, appropriate nutrition, healthcare screenings and time for themselves to relax because they are "too busy." (I am guilty of this!)

This week, while it coincides with Mother's Day, is meant for all women. Free clinics, access to women's health professionals and additional resources are conveniently available across the Twin Cities this week to start a discussion about your body as it ages, the impact of stress in your life and what preventative care is appropriate for your situation.

I haven't spent a lot of time lately thinking about my own care but I think I'll take a closer look.

If you're "too busy" this next week to check out these events, celebrate this week to make one healthcare screening appropriate for your age. See this chart and "make the pledge" to care for yourself!





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