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May 13 – 19 is National Women’s Health Week- Your Health Takes Priority. Take Time to Be a Healthier and Happier You

Women across the country are stretched thin.  They’re often multi-tasking and trying to balance their home and work lives, which means putting their health on the back burner. May 13 – 19 is National Women’s Health Week, a national effort created by the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health.  Herbalife Nutrition’s registered dietitian Susan Bowerman offers helpful tips and links to resources to help you be a healthier and happier version of you.

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Eat healthy — Looking for a simple, easy and effective meal plan? The Daily Nutrition Meal Plans (available to download), created by Susan Bowerman, have built-in calorie counts and are designed to provide you with the protein your body needs every day to function at its best. All you need to do is select the plan that fits your needs. Then, create daily menus that include healthy and balanced meals, protein snacks, and shakes (such as Formula 1 Roasted Peanut flavor by Herbalife Nutrition).

Get moving — You should aim for 30 minutes of daily exercise to reduce your risk of common chronic diseases. If you can’t do your exercise all at once, the good news is that it’s still effective if your workout is broken down into short bursts of activity throughout the day, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. And yes, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking briskly (at least 3 miles per hour), and finding a parking space furthest from the store all count towards your daily activity. Additionally, for many, stepping away from your desk is not always possible, but you can still get some exercise in with this “5 Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk” video.

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Be sure to catch your ZZZ’s. Adequate rest is critical to your health, and it is especially true if you have a busy, demanding schedule. Insufficient sleep can sabotage even the most disciplined health plan because tiredness and everyday fatigue may cause you to skip your activity, or you may turn to food to ‘perk you up.’ On the other hand, a regular exercise routine can help you achieve deeper, more restful and restorative sleep.

As a mom, I understand firsthand how easy it is to focus entirely on the family, but it’s also important to realize we need to make time to care for ourselves by making sure we are eating correctly, exercising and getting enough sleep so we can be healthier and happier for our family.

For more tips on nutrition and fitness visit Discover Good Nutrition.

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Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition

Susan Bowerman is the director of nutrition training at Herbalife Nutrition , where she is responsible for the development of nutrition education and training materials, and is one of the primary authors of the Herbalife sponsored blog, Discover Good Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Susan graduated with distinction in biology from the University of Colorado, and received her master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. Susan has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition. Prior to her role at Herbalife, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and as lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Susan was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons, and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health Section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.