Q: How can a woman in her late teens and early 20s establish lifelong healthy habits?
Marla Ahlgrimm: One of the most important things you can do is begin a routine of having an annual well-woman visit. Most health insurance plans cover this visit 100% so, chances are, you won’t be anything out-of-pocket. Maintain a balanced diet and make sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Don’t forget about your sleep, women at this stage need seven to eight hours of sleep every night for optimum health benefits.
Q: How is self-care different between your 20s and 40s?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Women in their 20s and 40s have similar health care needs, with the exception of those entering to menopause. These women may need to speak with their doctor about ways to mitigate the negative effects of waning hormones. This could include dietary changes or hormone therapy.