This is the first in a series discussing women's health issues. We'll be talking to health care professionals and women of all ages about the changes our bodies endure over time and hot to prevent and deal with women's biggest health concerns.
Each night this week, we will be speaking with women through the decades; we begin with women in their 20s.
It's a time when you seem to have endless energy, new found independence and feel like you can take on the world...the only trick is figuring out how to do it all on your own.
"When I went to college I was still working out but it wasn't the workouts you got in high school at all," said 23-year-old KSFY news reporter Bridget Bennett.
"Well in college, Oreos got introduced to me so I really didn't work out for the 1st year, did the whole freshman 15, but then got right back into it," said recent college graduate Samantha Christiansen.
Getting started on an exercise routine and healthy eating habits early on will make life easier down the road.
Just to get them to start thinking about overall good lifestyle habits that they can continue through the decades," said Dr. Janel Powell with Avera Medical Group Women's Internal Medicine.
That also includes lifestyle choices like not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and starting healthy relationships.
"I educate them on sexually transmitted diseases, talk to them about safe sex practice, how they can contact sexually transmitted diseases and really stress to them the importance that they need to be tested," said Dr. Powell.
New guidelines show twenty somethings only need a pap smear every three years, but that doesn't mean you can skip the doctor's office.
"A woman in her 20s should come to her OBGYN or her primary care provider for a well woman exam every year," said Dr. Jodi Scott with Avera Medical Obstetrics & Gynecology.
It's a time to talk with your doctor about your physical and mental health, determine your family history and risk factors and realize what you do today will affect you tomorrow.
"A lot of young people think they're invincible and cannot develop cancer," said Dr. Addison Tolentino, Oncologist with Avera Medical Group Oncology and Hematology.
But things like cervical cancer and skin cancer can develop at this age.
This decade is a good time to get out, be active and get a jump start on a healthy life.
Tune in Tuesday at 5:00pm for our segment about women in their 30s. If you're a new mom struggling with small children or are experiencing pregnancy and all of the changes it brings, you won't want to miss our next segment of Women through the Decades.