February 14th is right around the corner, and for some this means racing to buy those last minute chocolates, flowers, and paper hearts. Whether you are celebrating with a special someone or on your own, share the following tips and spread the gift of health this Valentine’s Day.
Give your heart some love! February is American Heart Month, but it is never too early to take action towards being heart-healthy.
- Go for a jog, take a hike, or treat yourself to a new fitness class! The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly to stay fit and active.
- Actively prevent and control diabetes, high cholesterol, and blood pressure through a healthy lifestyle.
- Avoid smoking and environments where you will be exposed to second-hand smoke Quit-Smoking 2016.
Take care of your sexual health by preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.
- Getting tested for STIs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.
- Using condoms during sexual activity can lower the risk for contracting an STI, and an unintended pregnancy.
- Talk to your physician or health care provider about birth control options that are safe for you.
- Having a long-term monogamous relationship with a safe, uninfected partner lowers the risk of contracting STI.
Pass on the pink pill! Leave the sex drugs out of the bedroom
- Flibanserin (brand name Addyi) is dubbed the “female Viagra”, but the two drugs are very different.
- With poor to nonexistent results, it also leaves women susceptible to dangerous side effects such as low blood pressure, dizziness, or loss of consciousness.
- Valentine’s Day may leave you wanting to try something adventurous, but choose safety and health over the pink pill. Get all the facts on our website!
Safety first! No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, remember to take necessary precautions.
- Trying a new, potentially dangerous activity? Gear up with appropriate safety items such as seat belts, helmets, and life vests to prevent harm or injury.
- Candlelit dinner or fireplace? Remember not to leave fires unattended.
- BE AWARE: Women have a higher chance of being victims of sexual violence or intimate partner violence. Risk factors can include being under the influence, using drugs, and a lack of control over the situation. Always be aware of surroundings and communicate openly.
The most important person to love this Valentine’s Day is you! Practice self-care and self-love!
- If you don’t have someone to spend the day with, celebrate yourself! Go out for dinner, watch a movie, or spend time with friends and family.
- Pamper yourself! Treat yourself to chocolate, wine, or a hot bath.
- Find your happy place and destress: today and everyday should be about you!
The National Women’s Health Network wishes you a happy, healthy Valentine’s Day!