This year, celebrate mom by also honoring her health. There are a number of ways you can do so from food to fitness to ensuring she is in good health.
- Plan a healthy meal for mom. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all of them!), serve mom a nutritious and delicious meal. Make sure her plate is one-half fruits and veggies, one-quarter whole grains, and one-quarter healthy proteins. Serve a lovely fruit-infused water to keep her hydrated. If you are eating out, watch portion sizes.
- Get mom moving. Plan an outing that gets mom moving for at least 30 minutes. It could be a nice walk in a garden or historic site, a fitness class you take together, or you could really impress her by hosting a family 5k in her honor. Is your mom already very active? Get her some new fitness apparel to keep her motivated.
- Help mom de-stress. Send her to the spa, or create a home spa experience for her: Turn the bathroom into a spa with bath salts, aromatherapy items, a facial mask or new body scrub, candles, relaxing music, and a personalized manicure or pedicure kit.
- Give her a clean bill of health. Create a “health checklist” card for mom.
- Moms of all ages should take a heart health assessment like “Life’s Simple 7” to evaluate their risk of cardiovascular disease. As Frederike Keating, MD, cardiologist explains, women’s heart health is unique and mom should watch out for the two subtle differences in symptoms of heart attack, too.
- Moms of all ages should also evaluate their risk for different types of cancers, including but not limited to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Moms ages 20-39 years old should do an annual clinical breast exam, while moms 40 years and older should get an annual mammogram. Sally Herschorn, MD, medical director of breast imaging at the UVM Medical Center, explains new advances in mammograms.
- Ask mom to share her family history so you can all understand the diseases and health conditions present in your family. Genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments together may influence your family’s health and risk of chronic disease.
- Check to see if mom had her primary care annual visit, or if she scheduled it!
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