Here are seven ways all women can maintain their wellbeing for a long, healthy life:

  1. Get regular check-ups. Ask your doctor how often you should be seen for a routine checkup and make sure you to address any health concerns or questions you may have.
  2. Break a sweat. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day can lower your risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, depression, breast cancer and colon cancer.
  3. Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Knowing these numbers will give you a baseline and important information about your heart health.
  4. Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat food low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar and sodium.Try to fill at least half your plate with vegetables and fruits and aim for low sodium options.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese also raises your chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, stroke and some kinds of cancer.
  6. Stay connected. You can protect yourself from isolation and depression by interacting with others. Depression, anxiety, and anger have all been shown to increase your chances of developing heart disease.
  7. No smoking. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.