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Women's Health Week: Top Five Ways to Stay Healthy

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Many a woman has relied, at one point in her life, on the big blue P's: Planned Parenthood. That's why we turned to their Medical Director in Los Angeles, Dr. Mary Gatter, for tips on how to stay healthy in the New Year. We approached her wondering exclusively about our nether regions (and yours), but she was quick to remind us that our bodies work as a whole. "One cannot divorce reproductive health from regular health," she said.

Dr. Gatter helped us compile this list of the top five things every woman should do to protect her health this year:

1. Maintain a proper weight and cholesterol level, and exercise regularly. If you've been under a rock, or just don't read LAist every day (weird), maybe you don't know that we've been providing exercise suggestions regularly - for the rich, the poor, and the two of you who are still middle class. Pick one, and get started.

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2. Put yourself on a long-acting, reversible, highly-effective contraceptive if you do not want to become pregnant. Gone are the days when the pill or a diaphragm were a modern girl's only options. Check out Planned Parenthood's website for an extensive list of birth control options - some old, some new, some that you probably don't even know about!