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Blogiversary

It’s officially our blogiversary. One year ago today we began this blog. We’ve come a long way and can’t wait to continue to grow and share women’s health information with you.

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Thanks for keeping us company along the way!

Sincerely,

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation

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From All of Us to You…

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Support Our Mission

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As the holiday season approaches, we are all looking for ways to give back to our community. As you consider options for getting involved, don’t forget about WWHF. Help us on our journey to help Wisconsin women and their families reach their healthiest potential.

The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation relies on the help of many volunteers to carry out events and prepare for programs. We need helping hands, ranging from filing papers and typing in a database to planning fundraisers and assembling incentive gifts. If you would like to become involved with the work we do at WWHF, call 1-800-448-5148, ext. 111 or download the Volunteer Sign up Form and mail, fax, or email it back to us and we will contact you.

Mail: Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation 2503 Todd Drive Madison, WI 53713

Fax: (608) 251-4136

Email: wwhf@wwhf.org

 

Who to Marry?

There is an Irish proverb that says, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” We can’t make sure you get a long sleep, but hopefully this gives you a good laugh.

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For more information or to register for this event, please email mwhiteside@wwhf.org with your full name, title, and employer.

Breast Cancer Deadline: 2020

“In 1961, President Kennedy challenged this country to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and the Apollo program was born. The seemingly impossible challenge President Kennedy issued became breathtaking reality only 98 months later. It is time to reawaken this impulse to do great things and to honor our heritage by committing to a goal no less ambitious or achievable than the moon landing seemed half a century ago. Let’s figure out how to end breast cancer by 2020. Together, we can do it.” 

This quote is from the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s description of their effort called: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.

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By referring to the ambitious effort to put a man on the moon, the Coalition hopes to inspire us all to think about reaching a goal that may actually seem impossible. But, the goal to reach the moon seemed like science fiction to many, too. We have been to the moon many times since 1969.

We now have manned international space stations positioned in outer space and a rover exploring Mars. We have come a very, very long way in our space program.

 

Can we accomplish the seemingly impossible task of ending breast cancer?

“When we set a deadline to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020, we knew it would be controversial. We knew some would scoff. We knew we couldn’t do it alone. We knew we needed many stakeholders and, most importantly, our leaders in all arenas that play a role in breast cancer to be a part of the deadline.”

In 2013, more than 425,000 women worldwide will die of breast cancer. In the United States alone 39,620 women and 410 men will die of breast cancer. So many lives would be saved if there was no breast cancer.

How can this goal be accomplished? Through plenty of research — research into a preventive vaccine to prevent tumor growth for one thing.

Another area of research will be into the role of viruses in the development and spread of breast cancer. The role of lifestyle and external exposures in the initiation and progression of breast cancer are also topics that are slated for future research. Of course, research costs lots of money…so raising needed funds is a priority for Breast Cancer Deadline 2020.

It will take lots of people, energy, dollars, ideas and voices to meet the 2020 goal. And, we have got to start by believing that, with the right amount of passion, leadership and funding, this goal is achievable. Will you dare to believe it? This could be that one giant step for (wo)mankind!

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For more information on the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 project, visit: www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org

October 21-25: National Health Education Week

There is a classic parable in the Health Education world that is often used to demonstrate the importance of prevention.  There are several variations on the story, but essentially it boils down to this:

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The other day, I was enjoying a walk along a beautiful river.  Suddenly, I heard a panicked shout for help.  Looking into the swiftly moving water of the river, I saw a man, drowning.  I leapt into action, diving into the cold water, struggling against the current to reach the man.  I fought hard and was able to pull the man to the shore.  I began delivering rescue breaths, and after a minute or two, the man came to.  Shivering and soaking wet, I began to help the man into a sitting position, when I heard another cry for help from the river.  Feeling fatigued, I dove back into the water and rescued this next person, fighting the current once again to get her to shore, where I was able to revive her as well.  Once again, as soon as she was revived, I heard another two cries for help from the river.  Near exhaustion now, it occurred to me that I was so busy jumping in the river and saving these people, I didn’t have any time to see who was upstream pushing them all in.

The parable demonstrates the importance and benefits of prevention work like health education.  In today’s world, we have greater access to health information than ever before.  Despite all this access to information, our healthcare costs are still skyrocketing, particularly around preventable conditions and diseases.  Health education is important, because it is more than simply having access to this information, it is putting information into practice.

For more information about National Health Education Week, please visit: https://www.sophe.org/nhew.cfm

For more information about disease prevention, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov/safety/

 

 

Happy Friday!

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October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a serious crime and health issue that we don’t often talk about. The secrecy that surrounds domestic violence is one of the reasons why is still persists. To help change that, every October we celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity, as individuals, families, and communities, to reflect on the impact of domestic violence and to create a dialogue about ways to prevent it as well ways to support those who are affected by it.

Domestic violence, which can include emotional abuse, isolation, and threats, as well as physical violence, by one person in an intimate relationship to the other, affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in her and his lifetime (CDC, 2011). This cycle of abuse takes a tremendous toll on the victim or survivor, inflicting fear and trauma that can last a long time. It can also affect the family of loved ones who experience domestic violence, including children. For this, we know that the impact spills into the community, affecting schools, workplaces, and faith communities.

To address domestic violence, then, a community response is needed. Everyone can play a role in preventing domestic violence and creating a culture in which survivors are supported. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, you can do a lot to support them by listening nonjudgmentally, telling them that the abuse is not their fault, and kindly encouraging them to seek resources that may be able to help. In a relationship with domestic violence, the survivor is often controlled and coerced by the perpetrator, so in helping to empower the survivor to make a decision that is right for them about the relationship, you will restore some of the power and control that has been stripped away from them.

While shedding light on domestic violence in October is an important step to ending the violence, you can take steps all year long to raise awareness and change the culture around domestic violence. For more information about what domestic violence looks like, what resources are available in your community, and what you can do to be part of the solution, visit End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at wcadv.org.

The Gathering – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 12th Annual Gathering held last week at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Despite the dense fog advisory covering most of the state, several attendees made the trip from as far away as Green Bay, Madison, Menomonie, Milwaukee, Sparta and St. Germain.

Christine Maghrak, Advance Practice Consultation Liaison Nurse from Ministry kicked off the event welcoming over 120 women to the annual conference which focused on getting back to the basics in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and stress management.

Sue Ann Thompson, Founder and President of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation spoke about being an advocate for your own health and well-being. Being a former teacher, she was in her element when she had all the attendees stand up and proceeded to give them a nutrition quiz asking them to sit down when they answered incorrectly.  Only two individuals answered all 8 questions correctly so we were off to a good start teaching individuals something they didn’t know.

The speakers were very knowledgeable and passionate about their topics. Future blogs will look more in depth at the presentations from the event and provide more information on the topics/initiatives. Currently, all of the speaker presentations can be found on our Slideshare page. The frequently requested Smart Meal Restaurant Guide for Wood County is also now available.

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Click here for more information about WWHF events.