What We’re Doing Right!
We’re healthier than you think! Here are the real numbers on what the 59,000 women in the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) are doing to cut their health risks across the board.
Getting to the Doctor
- Nearly 100 percent get their blood pressure checked.
- 80 percent of 40-49 year olds, and 85 percent of black women ages 50 and older are getting annual mammograms.
- 80 percent have gotten their annual Pap smears.
- 77 percent get their eye exams.
- 62 percent test their blood sugar.
- 50 percent of women 50 and older (the recommended age) have had their first colonoscopy.
Creating Healthy Habits
- The number of BWHS participants who smoke has dropped 37.5 percent since 1995. Now, only 10 percent light up.
- The number of BWHS participants who walk at least three hours a week has increased 24 percent since 1995, and women 40 and older are exercising more.
- 69 percent are eating a healthier diet.
- 45 percent exercise.
- 25 percent practice stress reduction such as meditation or yoga.
- 25 percent get the proper amount of sleep (important for immune health, weight maintenance and energy).
- 23 percent are drinking more water.
- 13 percent engage in spiritual practices.