We called more than 70 top authorities on health and wellness, and asked each of them the same question: What are the most important things a woman can do to stay healthy?
After weeks of taking notes and poring over research, we’re passing the information on to you: a list of the 76 smartest tips, from the tried and true to the brand spanking new. Your strategy: Pick five this week. Implement. Next week, five more. The week after that–well, you get the idea. KNOW THYSELF
Know your body composition. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that 25 to 30 percent of young women with a normal BMI (19 to 25) still carry excessive body fat. The easiest way to check your body composition is with bioelectric impedance analysis, available in many gyms and doctors’ offices.
Know your family’s health history. Quiz the hell out of relatives, then down- load everything you learn to your M.D. Need help coming up with a list of questions? The U.S. Surgeon General’s Family Health Portrait offers easy instructions.
Know your cancer risk. The American Cancer Society’s Great American Health Check asks a few questions about your personal and family health history and then generates a list of recommended screening tests, plus tips on how to reduce your health risks. (We were told to nix the second margarita at happy hour and cut out the Cadburys.)
Want to read more? You can print the entire list to tape to your bathroom mirror!