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A Look Back at 2012

The 13th Annual Spring Gala was held in May at the Madison Capital.

Annual Gala

 

Our 6th Annual Dialogue: Obesity in Women: The Generational Impact, was held this year on September 12th.

Dialogue

Panel: Michael J. O’Grady, PhD; Chanel Tyler, MD; Susan Latton; Michelle Rimer, MS, MPH, RD, LDN; Laurel Rice, MD

 

The Gathering, an annual statewide networking conference, in Marshfield, brought together women from all over Wisconsin.

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Women who have participated in WWHF programs and attended The Gathering

 

The Research Luncheon was held in Milwaukee on November 15th.

Research Luncheon

Gui Su, PhD; Sue Ann Thompson; Marc Gillinov, MD; Roberta Strigel, MS, MD / award recipients Gui Su, PhD, and Roberta Strigel, MS, MD

 

We also visited Keshena for their Women’s Health Fair,  where we took bone density scans, and met lots of wonderful people.

keshena

 

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Every 4.5 minutes a child in the U.S. is born with a birth defect.

Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies every year and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths. Although some birth defects can be diagnosed before birth, many are not found right away, prenatal care and screenings are important for early diagnosis.

Some birth defects can be prevented:

  • Have regular medical checkups, before and during pregnancy
  • Address specific health issues including weight control, control of diabetes, and any medications taken.
  • Take 400mcg of folic acid daily from the beginning of menstruation through menopause
  • Get necessary vaccinations
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and aim for a healthy weight
  • Do not use cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs.
  • Stop using tobacco products and avoid second-hand smoke, for more information visted our First Breath page
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol prior to pregnancy or as early in pregnancy as possible, visit our

    My Baby & Me page for more information

  • Do not take illegal drugs

Other Resources:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Prenatal Care Coordination
The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care

 

Quick Tips

Quick tips to help maintain a long, happy, and healthy life:

  • Catch some Rays: At least 15 minutes a day of sunshine provides your dose of Vitamin D for the day.
  • Laugh Therapy: Laughing 15 minutes a day can increase the blood flowing to the heart by up to 50% which can potentially decrease the risk of heart disease
  • Floss for Life: Oral health is vitally important because bacteria that thrive in the mouth can cause gum disease and negatively impact the rest of the body by contributing to the risk heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Know your Numbers: Staying up-to-date on health screenings is a beneficial in assessing your health status.  For women especially cholesterol, blood pressure, pap smears and diabetes are important annual tests.

Happy Friday!

Resolutions

With the new year many people have made resolutions, and chances are they involve being healthier.

Set yourself up for success:

• Make a plan
• Remember your reasons for making your resolution
• Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up
• Surround yourself with supportive people
• Be patient

 

Thank you for everything in 2012, and Happy New Year!

 

It’s 2014!

NewYearsEveAll of us here at the Foundation would like to wish YOU a happy new year!

We have all decided to work on ourselves in 2014. These are some of the resolutions being talked about at WWHF this year:

Kristin (who does “to-dos” rather than resolutions):

  • Teach my 6 year old son to ski
  • Take up piano again (after a 20 year hiatus)
  • Re-do the downstairs bathroom

Amanda V.:

  • Read at least 5 books (I’m not a reader)
  • Find/commit to a volunteer job
  • Write more letters to friends and family – who doesn’t love a handwritten letter?
  • Drink more water

Marilyn:

  • Do more craft work, particularly working with fabric to make patchwork wall hangings, baby quilts and table runners. It is so relaxing to focus on a project and watch it take shape. 2014 is the year to get my creative juices flowing!

Janet:

  • Stop hitting the snooze button each morning

McKaye

  • To learn to knit
  • To take my dog, Oliver, on 2 walks every day
  • To eat out only once a week
  • Read this link once a month

Chelsea:

  • Live more in the present, have faith that the future will work out as intended
  • Continue to live a lifestyle that promotes health and happiness
  • Increase communication between family/friends near and far

Amanda B:

  • Give more of my time to others in the form of volunteering at my church and other local charities

 

Happy Holidays from the WWHF

From everyone at the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

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Ingredient substitutions to make this season (and anytime!)

We all know that low fat or reduced fat is better for us, but there are other clever substitutions we can make to have a healthier holiday this year.

This for That:

Plain yogurt for sour cream
Try combining plain yogurt with equal parts low-fat cottage cheese in a blender for use in dips and salad dressings.

Whole wheat flour for white flour
Whole wheat flour has more fiber, which aids in digestion and can even lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. For every cup of white flour, substitute 7/8 cup of whole-wheat.

Unsweetened applesauce for sugar
One cup of unsweetened applesauce contains about 100 calories, while a cup of sugar can have around 770 calories. (Tip: You can substitute apple sauce for sugar in a 1:1 ratio, but for every cup of applesauce you use, reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup.)

Meringue or Marshmallow Fluff for frosting
Both are a still a sweet alternative, but much better for you!

Graham crackers for cookies in pie crusts
Reduced-fat graham crackers have the same consistency and flavor with about half the calories.

Mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes
Mashed cauliflower has only a fraction of the calories of potatoes. Try mixing half potato, half cauliflower, or even adding Rutabaga.

Also consider:

  • Cutting back on sugar in your recipes and instead, increasing the amount of vanilla
  • Using cooking sprays instead of butter to keep your food from sticking
  • Including more herbs and spices in place of salt

 

Do you have a creative idea for a healthy substitution? Leave us a comment and share! We would love to hear from you.

 

Holiday Gift Guide from the WWHF

For the Hard-to-Buy-For:

Make a donation in recognition of someone and receive a certificate in their name!

A donation will help us:

  • Provide programs and conduct educational forums that directly address the greatest threats to women’s health.
  • Produce and distribute the most up-to-date educational and resource materials regarding women’s health.
  • Award grants to women’s health researchers and related community non-profits.

Click here to download the donation form

For the Women in Your Life:

The Healthy Connections Bracelet is the perfect present.

The special part of this gift is knowing that part of the proceeds will go to towards promoting women’s health. The bracelets are created by Wisconsin-based jewelry designer, Susie Engwall.  They’re made of imported sterling silver beads and Swarovski crystals, and include a WWHF logo charm.

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For pictures of all available designs please visit our website!

 

Champions in Women’s Health

Do you know someone who has made a difference in women’s health in your community?

We are currently seeking nominations for the Champions in Women’s Health award!

Nominees may include: consumer advocates, volunteers, health care professionals, non-profit employees, or individuals who have overcome a significant health issue and inspired other women to become advocates for their own health.

Every year at our Annual Gala we present the Champions in Women’s Health award to those who have shown exemplary leadership and devotion to women’s health in Wisconsin.

Last year’s Champions included:

 

Barbra Beckert– Milwaukee Office Director, Disability Rights Wisconsin; Former Assistant Director, Milwaukee Jewish Council for Community Relations; Co-founder, Chair, Make It Work Milwaukee, Milwaukee

Barbra was driven to address the injustices of those with disabilities after the premature birth of her son. She has been a leader in advocating for the legal and human rights of people with disabilities. One of her many endeavors has been working to reform the mental health system in Milwaukee, including improving services and safety for women at the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex.

 

 

Karen Brewer, BSN, RN– Public Health Nurse, Wood County Department of Human Services; Chair, Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Implementation Team, Wisconsin Rapids

Karen has been a nurse with the Wood County Health Department for more than 20 years. Through her passion to care for those with mental health issues she became the chairperson of the Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Implementation Team. Her leadership has brought together a diverse group of consumers and professionals to create new programs and educational opportunities.

 

To nominate a Champion, fill out the 2013 Champions Nomination Application. Nominations are due next Friday December 21st.

For more information on the Champion in Women’s Health Award, contact McKaye Whiteside, Public Relations Coordinator.

 

First Breath Training

Today we held a First Breath New Provider Training in Madison. Those who attended were given the tools and resources they need to provide the First Breath smoking cessation intervention at their prenatal clinics and health department. Thank you to everyone who attended!

To learn about becoming a First Breath Provider, or if you are someone thinking about quitting smoking, please visit our website for more information and resources.