FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 16, 2013) -- Lyster Army Health Clinic will celebrate National Women's Health Week now through May 18 by helping women make health their top priority.

Army Medicine values all of our patients throughout the year, but recognizes the magnitude and impact of women's health across the lifespan, and hopes to empower women to make their health a top priority and lower their risks of certain diseases.

"As an Army Family, it is our responsibility to support the women in our lives and do everything we can to help them achieve longer, healthier and safer lives," said Col. James Laterza, commander of LAHC.

The health of female Soldiers and Family members plays a vital role in overall Army readiness. In order for women to be fully integrated and effective members of the team, we must ensure their unique health needs are being considered and met, Laterza said.

"Women often put needs of their spouses, children and others before their own," Laterza said. "It is crucial that women make their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health a priority."

LAHC is helping women take proactive measures that influence their life space by increasing their activity by offering yoga classes, monitoring their nutrition by helping them learn about smart shopping and preparing healthy foods through the Nutrition Care Clinic, and promoting strategies to improve sleep. These three elements are key components of the Surgeon General's Performance Triad, an Army program designed to help improve the lives of Soldiers, Family members and civilians. When all three of Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho's system for health align, patients are better able to build and sustain health.

The LAHC staff encourages women to keep up with regular check-ups and preventive screenings to aid in avoiding onset of disease and stopping health issues before they start.

LAHC offers regular health screenings for women such as annual pelvic exams and mammograms.

Patients should check with their primary care provider to ensure they are on the right track to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

To make an appointment with your primary care manager or with a specialty clinic, call 255-7000.

Page last updated Thu May 16th, 2013 at 13:42