Poughkeepsie… As the nation celebrates Mother’s Day this weekend, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) reminds residents of the importance of women’s health and the need for women to remain up-to-date on their health check-ups.
“Chronic disease prevention is a vital part of women’s wellness. Nearly 40 percent of women suffer from one or more chronic diseases during their life span,” DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH, said. “Heart disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease are the three leading causes of death for women in our country. There are, however, many activities families can engage in to prevent chronic disease.”
Dr. Vaidian reminds women healthy lifestyles, including eating nutritiously, keeping active, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol, will help prevent chronic disease. Visiting a physician and dentist regularly, staying up-to-date on screenings and exams, are key to keeping our mothers healthy and well, he said; and healthy lifestyle activities may also decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Residents looking for recreational opportunities on Mother’s Day – or any day – can enjoy any of Dutchess County’s award-winning parks, including Bowdoin Park, Wilcox Park, Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail and the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.
The Department also reminds women to keep their minds and bodies healthy, by seeking the care they need, as well as prioritizing mental health needs. Women are encouraged to learn healthy ways to cope with stress and be aware of the early symptoms of depression. Help is available in Dutchess County for anyone who may be dealing with substance abuse, mental health issues, or thoughts of suicide, by calling or texting the County’s HELPLINE 24/7 at 845-485-9700, or walking in anytime to Dutchess County’s Stabilization Center, located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie.
Many women are also veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the Dutchess County Division of Veterans’ Services works to ensure local veterans are entitled to every benefit they’ve earned through their service.
“The United States Department of Veterans Administration provides a full continuum of healthcare services for these commendable women, including primary, specialty, mental health, disease prevention, screenings and emergency care,” said Veterans’ Services Director Marc Coviello.
Veterans who have emergent mental health needs can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 to receive confidential 24/7 support; additional information is available through the Division of Veterans’ Services by calling 845-486-2060 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.