Health Matters: Keeping Women Healthy
Offering education, support, and empowerment, it’s what Lee Health OB/GYN Dr. Cherrie Morris says she hopes to accomplish with every patient. “I’m thinking about what their specific needs are before I even see them. I look to see if the patient has been doing all the preventive screening things that are appropriate for their age group.”
In addition to annual health screenings, Dr. Morris also encourages patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle. “There have been many studies that have shown that if your physicians talk to you about smoking cessation, for example, or weight loss, or increasing exercise, that that is very effective. The earlier you can adopt good, healthy, habits the better,” she said.
Which is why she talks to patients about maintaining a healthy diet and regular physical activity. “To prevent cardiovascular disease, to prevent breast cancer, and a multitude of other medical conditions, maintaining a healthy weight is probably the most important thing anyone can do to improve their longevity and improve their health status,” said Dr. Morris.
She encourages women to be in tune with their bodies and know their family history. “Watching your weight so that you can maintain a healthy weight, doing breast exams on a monthly basis, looking over and making sure there are no skin lesions,” she said.
From nutrition to exercise to routine checkups, doctors say it all plays a role in protecting women’s health.
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