Did you know that AUGUST 1st IS NATIONAL GIRLFRIEND’S DAY? Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control about how to be a good girlfriend and encourage one another to stay healthy.
1. Eat healthy when hanging out. Whether you’re gathered at home, book club, a birthday celebration or a girl’s night out, make healthy choices in what you eat and drink. Eat less junk food and foods high in calories, saturated fat, or added sugars or salt. Don’t crash diet. Choose drinks with no calories such as water or unsweetened iced tea. A
healthy weight contributes to good health now and as you age.
2. Be active while having fun. Exercising with friends is fun and important for good health. Adults should have at least 2 1/2 hours a week. Kids and teens should be active for at least 1 hour a day. Talk and enjoy each other’s company while you walk, bowl swim, dance, play tennis and more. If your fun activity is outdoors, don’t forget to
protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
3. Help your girlfriends though hard times. A friend with a chronic illness, abusive relationship, mental illness or care-giving issue may lead a complicated life for a period of time. Do what you can to be supportive and encouraging and recognize it may be challenging for you and your friend. Be informed about how these issues affect your friendship. Advocate for her when appropriate but don’t forget to maintain your own mental and physical health.
4. Empower each other to take control. If your girlfriend is not taking care of her or her family’s health, is being careless, or is putting herself or others at risk, let her know or tell someone who can help. Realize that she may need professional help. Don’t try to be something your not. Help her get the help she needs when appropriate.
5. Don’t let alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs come between you. Binge drinking results in around 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year. For women, binge drinking is 4 or more drinks on one occasion. Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem among women as 18 women die everyday of overdoses in the U.S. Drinking excessive alcohol, smoking and abusing prescription drugs are bad for your health and can be
6. Be a great role model. Get exams and screenings, vaccinations and other health care you need. Manage stress from work, children, marriage, commuting and life! Get enough sleep. Lower your risk for injury and disease. Take steps to live a healthier life.
“TO HAVE A FRIEND AND TO BE A FRIEND IS WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTHWHILE” (ANONYMOUS)