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Summer Stings
     
Volume #19
  June 2017
   

We are just weeks away from the first day of summer and most of us already have flower gardens in full bloom. Our gardens are not only blooming with bright lilies and succulent hosta’s but the buzzing of bees. Bees are necessary due to being the largest pollinators we have that assists with our food crops. They work off of the wildflowers, shrubs and perennials we plant to admire while we sit on our porches with a glass of lemonade on a hot afternoon. 

Most generally, bees are not aggressive and even try to avoid us. The honey bees will live in a crevice of an older tree and avoid us where yellow jackets do not always have to be provoked to initiate an attack. Yellow jackets can live either in trees or in the ground. A simple act of mowing our lawns can cause even the most unfit of us to take off running when we have hit a hive. Wasps tend to make the “paper” material hives most often hanging off an eave or tree limb. 

There are step we can take to reduce the chance of being stung.  Do not wear brightly colored clothing or perfumes. Always wear shoes when walking outside, particularly on grass. Wear pants, long-sleeved shirts, gloves, close-toed shoes, when working outdoors. Use caution when working around bushes, shrubs, and trees. Always check your drink containers when outside as well. 

If we do become stung, most often, the allergic reaction to the sting can be treated with home remedies and can avoid a trip to the local emergency room. Many of our grandmothers have treated us with a home “concoction” right after the sting. To treat the sting, the stinger must be removed immediately. Any insect bites or stings should be washed with warm water and mild soap. Ironically enough, one of the home remedies is to treat the area with honey, leaving it on the sting for 10 minutes. The other common relief is part baking soda, warm water and vinegar made into a paste and placed over the sting area for approximately 30 minutes. To reduce the swelling and to numb the area, ice can always be applied. 

More often than not, the stings are not fatal and can be treated. However, 40 people die from bee attacks each year in the United States due to anaphylaxis reaction. If you have been stung and begin to have shortness of breath, a metallic taste in your mouth and/or severe swelling in the sting area, always go to your first care for treatment. Those who have been diagnosed to be allergic and potentially life threatening if stung should have access to epinephrine auto-injectors especially when outdoors. 

Do not permit the buzzing to keep you from enjoying your great outdoors, just know that your gardens are the bees – knees. Have a super summer!

  
Submitted,
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
   
 

Women's Health Issues
   
Volume #18
April 2017

When we look back on movie stars from the 40’s, we see that smoking was glorified, glamorous and in just about every scene. Today, the smoking scenes are carefully placed into the scripts and the commercials show the possible results of smoking tobacco. Oral cancer when it rears its ugly head, can be damaging to the most beautiful of people.

Oral cancer develops in the tissues within the throat, mouth and lips. There are 45 thousand individuals being diagnosed each year. Smoking and chewing tobacco puts an individual at risk and increases with excessive use of alcohol. Failing to protect our lips from the sun also puts us at risk for painful surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. If the cancer makes its way to the lymph nodes, it can be necessary to remove skin and pieces of the cheek or tongue. Let us think about not just the pain associated with the cancer, or the treatments but the mental anguish that is associated with having bones removed from your face. The reconstruction surgery is just as harsh to the survivors at times as the actual surgery to remove the cancerous tissue.

Oral cancer can be detected fairly early if proper checks are completed by both you, your physician and/or your dentist. Many symptoms can be but not limited to, loose teeth, growths throughout your mouth, a lump in your neck, difficulty or pain in swallowing, bleeding, sore on your lip that just does not want to heal, severe weight loss and an earache that will not go away. You could suffer from neck and facial numbness and show white patches under your tongue.

If you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, seek medical care either from your family physician or schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. They can do a complete exam and order tests to determine if the C word has shown itself and what proper treatment is necessary to kill the cancer and not you. 

The best way to protect yourself from being an oral cancer victim is to never start smoking. If you are smoking right now, put the tobacco down. Make sure to eat a nutritional diet which should include vegetables and fruits. Make sure no matter what season it is, to wear sunscreen including on your face, neck and lips. Drink alcohol in moderations and make sure to do self-checks monthly. In performing your self-check, feel your lips and front of your gums, check the roof of your mouth. Check your cheeks and your tongue making sure to move from side to side checking for white patches, sores, and discolorations. Feel for lumps, checking your neck and under your lower jaw. Even though I am one of those cowardly folks who like to hold off on heading to the dentist, I know that it is just as important to head to the dentist for my yearly routine as it is for my mammogram.

In the 1940’s, 43 % of individuals were using tobacco. In 2010, the number had declined to 21%. Even though the numbers are declining for tobacco users, of that number 11% were diagnosed with oral cancer. Make sure to quit, or do not start, moderate and protect your skin.

What used to be glamorous has turned out to be pretty ugly.

Respecfully submitted,
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
Women’s Health Issues
 

Why Can I Not Sleep Well?
     
Volume #17
  July 2016
   

Many of us have had the nights where we were exhausted, headed to bed thinking this is going to be a great night’s sleep only to lie there for hours on end attempting to count the sheep that truly do not exist. Getting proper hours of sleep is just as important as eating healthy and exercising. If we are sleep deprived, it affects are daily activity and productivity. Sleep disorders wreak havoc on our lives and many come without cures, only possible treatments so that we can simply exist. There are numerous types of sleep disorders with the top three (3) being, sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. There could be solid arguments which one is the most dangerous or affects individuals the most, but those of us who suffer from one or more, know they are all difficult to deal with.

Insomnia is the most common of the sleep disorders family. There is much discussion on what brings on the failed attempt to fall asleep or stay asleep. Stress, anxiety, daily pressures of everyday life and depression can be associated with insomnia. Medical conditions, unhealthy sleeping habits, and specific substances. Antidepressant drugs monitored by your physician is a common treatment. Many individuals self-diagnose and render their own treatment with over the counter medications. There can be many side effects such as day time drowsiness, memory fog and difficulty focusing associated with these cures. Another disorder is narcolepsy which has no cure and can be considered the most dangerous to deal with for someone. An individual can literally fall asleep while operating a motor vehicle. The most effective control for this disease is to schedule 3-4 short naps daily with setting a specific bedtime each night. Ritalin is the drug of choice for controlling this sleep disorder but can have strong side effects such as headaches, restlessness, insomnia and irregular heart beats. Another form of sleep disorders is sleep apnea in which you can have one or more pauses in breathing while you sleep. This is potentially serious due to your breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The most common reasons for this disorder is being overweight or have excessive tissue in the throat. With this treatment, you wear a mask over your nose while you sleep. A machine gently blows air through your nasal passages to prevent your throat from collapsing during sleep. The device must be worn every night to be effective.

Lifestyle changes can certainly aid us in getting that much needed rest we yearn for. Limiting caffeine consumption, managing stress, identifying underlying medical or psychological problems can assist with getting the rest we require. Make sure to eat a healthy diet and exercise at least one hour a day. Get your body on a schedule to head to bed every evening at the same time. Leave the cell phones, lap tops and televisions turned off one hour prior to sleeping. Avoid alcohol a few hours before bedtime and quit smoking.

Following simple suggestions may not get us the eight (8) hours that they recommend; however it may just get us what we need so that we can go on with our busy lives.

 I am heading to bed. Sweet dreams everyone !

  
Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
   
 

Spider or Varicose Veins
   
Volume #16
June 2016


Most likely, we have all seen the commercial where the darling little girl is sitting on the couch beside the very woman who gave birth to her and asks the question “Mom, what is that”?,  pointing to her mother’s leg. The dreaded look on her mother’s face is that same look many of us make when we see the new pesky little spider or varicose veins that have joined us.

What exactly is a vein and what are their purposes one may ask. Our hearts pump blood which is filled with ingredients and oxygen that travel throughout our arteries. They carry the blood from all over the body back to our hearts. The blood is going through the lower body against the flow of gravity heading back to our hearts. There are valves that act as one way flaps to prevent the blood flowing backwards as it moves up our legs. If the flaps fail, we have what is called varicose or spider veins. They appear due to weak or damaged valves in the veins.

The varicose veins are normally red or blue in color and can be raised above the surface of the skin which looks like it is bulging. They can be found on the legs, thighs or on the back of the calves. Spider veins are very much like the varicose but appear smaller. They are closer to the surface of the skin and normally have “spider-web”  like appearances. They too can be found in the leg region however, it is very common to have them appear on the face.

Our age works against us in avoiding the vein issue. Hormonal changes may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins. We also can blame our family members for this condition as it is highly hereditary. Those of us who have had to work on our feet or standing for a long period of time can force our veins to work harder to pump the blood to our heart. Many do not know that those of us who have had a career sitting at a desk for long hours can also cause this same condition. Being overweight or being labeled as obese puts extra pressure on the veins causing or leading to varicose veins. Those who do not properly utilize sun screen or a wide brimmed hat can be the individual who gains spiders veins on the cheeks and nose due to sun exposure.

Aching pain with cramping or throbbing that includes an itchy rash, swelling, or restless legs are an indicator of varicose or spiders veins. If you come across any of these indicators including an area that is warm to the touch, there is a rash near the ankle or calf area and changes colors or the vein(s) begins to bleed, contact your physician for a wellness checkup. For various reasons, we let this condition go until at times it causes discomfort and/or interferes with our daily living. There may not always be pain other than a dull ache, do not hesitate to make that phone call for a visit.
 
Our faces always cringe when mom says “wear the compression stockings when you’re flying or standing/sitting for long periods of time”. Go to our physicians and they sound just like mom. Your doctor may also ask that you change some of your lifestyle; making sure to include movement or light daily exercises, lose or manage your weight and eat healthy. All of these recommendations can help a great deal with the vein issues that we have and prevent future pop ups. If you are suffering from this condition, know that you have options. Contact your physician today to make that appointment, your legs are counting on you.
 

Respectively submitted,
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
Women’s Health Issues
Muskingum County
Great State of Ohio  
 

May - Mental Health
Awareness Month

     
Volume #15
  May 2016
   
                                     
Everyone of us can recall a day that we woke up and felt like this was not our day. We felt a little low in our mood or had a loss of interest in any errands or activities. The majority of us were able to shake it off and we got through the day. However, many of us may feel this way each and everyday and are not able to shake the feeling off and move on.  One in ten people suffer from depression and sit in silence due to the stigma attached to mental illness. Depression or anxiety affects 40 million individuals across the United States with 80 % not being recognized due to not speaking out. Many fear possible repercussions such as being isolated from others, being excluded from social circles, facing discrimination from future advancement with their employment. Many keep their secret from their spouse or partner in fear that they will not understand and leave them.

Mental illness such as anxiety and depression is financially the most costly disease in the world due to causing other health issues and often goes untreated. Someone suffering from depression may have noticed that they were dealing with abuse, personal problems, conflicts with family or friends or may find it is genetic. Some of the prescriptions that our very own physicans has prescribed may be causing our depression. Our bodies may ache with pain from just walking out to get the mail or getting up from a chair. Many may notice that they are having difficulty with their nails or hair loss. May be suffereing from lack of sleep or poor concentration.

Many of us may sit in silence, hoping that noone knows the pain that plaques us in our daily activities and lives. There are signs that someone we know may be suffering from depression. Someone who is generally active suddenly becomes inclusive. If suddenly they do not want to associate with others. The individual may become short tempered and have no tolerence for others. These are all signs someone just may be suffering and are embarrassed to speak up. Be there for them, offer a hand or ear. Let them know that they should not be ashamed of this time in their lives. Advise them to speak to their physician and to be honest with how they are feeling.

 Know that if we do not reach out to someone who is suffering from mental health illness, they may become the statistic of the 40,000 who attempt to commit suicide. We have a duty not only to our families or friends but also to ourselves to help others. Be that one individual who takes the time to listen and not judge.
   
  
Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
   
 

National Poison Prevention Week
March 15-21, 2016
   
Volume #14
March 2016
 
Medication is given to us to make us feel better when we are sick. If we do not follow the directions for taking the medication, it can hurt us or worse, can cause death. Many deaths today are caused by accidental overdoses. The individual taking the medication may not have wanted to end their life but due to how the medication was taken and with other substances can cause that horrific unexpected outcome.

It is extremely important to follow your doctor’s orders on taking your medication as it was prescribed. When we are sitting in the doctor’s office and not feeling well, the last thing we want to do is answer a bunch of what we believe to be redundant questions. There is actually a good reason our doctors do this before diagnosing and prescribing the proper medication for the ailment. If the prescription is followed as ordered, it lowers the chance of unwanted or unexpected side effects. There are times there may be mild side effects such as dizzy or stomach upset. If these side effects or others are persistent, you will need to contact your doctor for consultation
 
To avoid sickening or deadly mistakes, make sure to follow the directions carefully. If you do not understand the medication, make sure to ask the pharmacist before you leave. Communication is key with your doctor. Let them know if you are taking any other medications including over the counter (OTC). This includes vitamins, allergy or supplements you may be taking. Inform your doctor if you may be pregnant or are breast feeding. Let your doctor know if you have had an allergic reaction to the medication before. These are all things that we each assume because we are visiting a physician that they are going to know our bodies as we do. That is not possible and to avoid any complications, make sure to share the information.

There are two types of medications, prescribed from a physician or doctor and over the counter (OTC). Both medication types should always be taken with caution and care. If directions are not followed properly, it can cause further complications including liver damage. Ask questions on how the medication may affect you and your daily activities. Many medications state not to operate a motor vehicle or heavy machinery. If the medication is taken with alcohol, it could change the results and further complicate things.

Simple steps can be taken to avoid further sickness or damage to you. Make sure to read and follow the directions carefully that come with the medication(s). If you do not understand, make sure to ask for clarification. If no questions are asked, the pharmacist and doctor assumes that you understand fully. Make sure to always have with you a copy or list of the medications including OTC with the date prescribed and dosage amounts.

 Never share a medication that has been prescribed for you. Each of us are different and even if the other individual shows signs of the same ailment, it may not be the medication a professional would prescribe. Store medications in a cool dry location that is not accessible to children and/or pets.

Proper disposal of medication both prescribed or OTC is as key to taking it. Many individuals simply throw away the medication in the trash or flush down the toilet. Neither of these practices are recommended. Our garbage enters into landfills where others can have access and the pills can come into the wrong hands. Flushing the medication puts it out into our streams and water ways and can cause damage to others and mostly to our animals and pets. In the past 5-6 years many communities have begun what is known as “take back” our community. It is generally a drive up tent area where officials are waiting to take your medications both prescription or OTC drugs and discard of them properly. There are no questions or paper work to be completed. Another item that is discarded during this time is hypodermic needles that have been used for insulin and this keeps that dirty needle off the streets.

When we become ill, the last thing we want to think about is how to take the medication, store the medication and dispose of the medication. But by following the easy steps above, it can stop one of the most common types of poisoning in the United State today. Please copy down this phone number, 1-800-222-1222 and place in your phone, in your purse and on your refrigerator in case you believe someone is poisoned. Hoping you never need to call that hotline, but know that they are there for you.

Respectively submitted,
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
Women’s Health Issues
Muskingum County
Great State of Ohio  
 

February - Heart Month
     
Volume #13
  February 2016
   
“She has a great heart”. How many times have we heard someone say this? The question is “how great is her heart”. Heart disease is not a man’s only disease, numbers show woman suffer in larger numbers. A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States. That is the time it takes to stop a plane coming in for a landing from your far away destination.

Many times, a heart attack is mistaken as a bad case of indigestion. Know the symptoms and react quickly, it can save your life and prevent permanent damage to your heart muscle. Some symptoms can be dizziness or light-headedness, feeling sick to your stomach or actual vomiting, fatigue, cold sweats, sharp upper body pain in the neck, jaw and back, shortness of breath and heavy pressure on the chest.

The factors that may increase your chances of getting heart disease can be the use of tobacco or excessive alcohol. The way we maintain our diets can be a factor. Be mindful of a diet that is high in saturated fats and cholesterol which can cause obesity and diabetes. The lack of physical activity plays a part in our overall health. One factor that many of us cannot change or avoid is family history of heart disease. Many times, we are granted this disease by blood relatives.

Women’s symptoms may occur when they are sleeping or resting. One of the main triggers of heart attack symptoms is mental stress. Everyday life can cause health issues. Do not downplay them. Take the warning signs of these symptoms. If you are experiencing the symptoms, do not drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911, remain calm and control your breathing.

We have control of our own lives and can make changes to reduce our risk of heart disease. Get up and get walking just 30 – 60 minutes a day. If there is a need to lose weight, increase the minutes to 60-90 each day. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to our health in general. Quit smoking, this includes the electronic cigarette and all tobacco. Make sure to take your prescriptions as prescribed. Visit your physician every year and make sure to have all your health screenings.

Have a beautiful valentine’s day and take the option of flowers instead of candy. Your heart and table will thank you for it. The next time you hear someone say “she has a great heart”, ask if she takes care of her heart…..
   
  
Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
   
 

January 2016
Healthy Lifestyle
   
Volume #12

The tree is down, the gift cards are being used at our favorite establishments and the only signs left of the holidays are the tighter waist bands on some of our britches. Statistics show that an average of ten pounds are gained during the holidays and if we do not work to shed those additional pounds, they build to at times “obese” portions.

Having a healthy lifestyle takes dedication and a great deal of work. It is important to be able to not only balance our scales but our lifestyles as well. A healthy lifestyle begins will eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and proteins with proper proportion sizes. Fresh fruits are the desired, however, when our favorite fresh fruits are not in season, consuming canned, frozen (in their own juices or water) is perfectly acceptable along with dried. All fresh, frozen, dried or canned fruits are great, healthy choices. This practice is the same for vegetables. Many times we get into trouble with the added “flavoring” such as salts, sauces and butters. Try grilling or broiling, if you still have that desire to fry, try using an olive oil. You may find you like the taste a bit better.

Another part of beginning that healthy lifestyle is the fluids we take in. Consuming water is more important to our bodies than going to the gym every day. When we consume the recommended daily intake of 72 fluid ounces for woman and 104 for men, the professionals say it aids in better living. It not only improves our complexions but also in weight loss if consumed at the proper times. It is recommended that water be consumed 20 minutes prior to a meal. This tells our appetites that we are much fuller before we even begin consuming food. Many of us have difficulty choking down that tap water, it can be improved just by adding a splash of lemon for flavor.

In addition to a healthy eating plan, an active lifestyle will help us lose and maintain our weight. By choosing to add more physical activity to our day, we will increase the amount of calories our body burns. Get up to change the channel instead of using that remote. Park the car far away from the front door of our favorite store so you can walk and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Many have been told “no pain~no gain” and that we must be at the local gym 6 days a week. It has been proven to be an inaccurate rule. Get out and walk just 20 minutes a day to keep that heart pumping. As we lose weight, our body will let you know when you can step up the activity.

Some of us can try to tell ourselves that we want to lose weight so we look better in our clothing but a majority will admit “I just want to be healthier”. If many of us continue on the road we are on, we may experience some if not many of the diseases or issues of being overweight or obese. We could be looking at high blood pressure (Hypertension), high LDL cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea and body pain. One of the most missed diagnoses associated with obesity is mental illness such as depression.

In order to have a sound mind, we must have a sound body. We need to make necessary adjustments in order to obtain and then maintain that healthy mind and body. Keep in mind that the extra pounds we are carrying today did not attach to us overnight. Be patient, plan your meals, drink your water and get moving. This time next year, you will be focusing on purchasing smaller clothing with those holiday gift cards instead of wearing the sweats you started the year in. Good luck and I will check in on you January 1, 2017.

Respectively submitted,
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

Women’s Health Issues
Great State of Ohio
Muskingum County
 
 

Fighting the Beast; Breast Cander
     
Volume #12
  October 2015
 
The second most common kind of cancer today is breast cancer with 1 in 8 women being effected. The good news is that many individuals can survive if it is found and treated early in the stages. Prevention and testing is key to staying ahead of this cancer. Bringing awareness is first step to not only fighting breast cancer but in educating our mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors.

Prevention plays the biggest role in controlling and conquering breast cancer. In today’s world, we all have terribly busy schedules. We work crazy and long hours, some are involved in higher education, the ever challenging kid’s activities and working through the everyday grind. Gender, physical condition, diet, age and genetics play a large role in challenging breast cancer. Breast cancer increases as we age with the most invasive cancer being found in women 52-57. Heredity could also play a roll in breast cancer with 5% to 10% cases, meaning that they result directly from gene defects (called mutations) inherited from a parent. Women are the most effected by breast cancer, but it should be noted, there are men who suffer from this disease as well. Due to men lacking estrogen, they are not a target as women are.

Woman most often do not take the time to go to the gym, to purchase healthy foods for themselves or visit their physicians for yearly exams. According to the National Breast Cancer Association there are four actions we can utilize in our everyday life to fight this life changing disease. Being obese raises the risk of breast cancer and most often right after menopause when we are most at risk. No time to stop for a bowl of fresh green salad, instead we take the quickest and easiest, the dreaded drive-thru.  In order to maintain the healthy weight, we have to take the time to shop for the fresh vegetables, whole grains and fruits. Choose lean protein in meats such as chicken and fish.  Avoid fatty foods, red meat, refined carbohydrates and drinks with high sugars. Move around and stay physically active. This could be accomplished with taking a brisk 30 minute walk just five days a week. Social events today usually come with an adult beverage. This causes increased risk for breast cancer and as woman, we should limit alcohol to one drink a day. Monthly self-exams play one of the biggest preventative measures in breast cancer. This can be done while in the shower. Contact your physician to get your yearly mammogram and to be educated on the proper procedure of self-examinations.

This cancer is very devastating to women, not only due to the risk of illness and even death, but that it changes the body that GOD granted us. Make that appointment today with your OBGYN or physician and get on the road to a healthier you so that you can save the Tata’s…
 
 
Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
 
 
Visit "Beyond the Shock" for some comprehensive iformation about breast cancer - as well as Q & A and stories from survivors.

  
 

July 2015 
Mosquitos: Their bite and the disease
   
Volume #11
 
You hear a buzzing noise in your ear and a nip at your ankle as the summer heats up. As you go to swat at this little thing that has you puzzled how something so small can hurt so badly, you notice not everyone around you is getting bitten. One in ten individuals actually are bitten by the little flying insect that carries a very powerful punch. There are several factors that come into play on whichvictim the mosquito will chose for their feast.

The mosquitoes come in over 170 species in every shape and size. The females are the caltrops who bite, not the males. When the female does bite, it feels like they have titanium for teeth. They need the human blood to develop fertile eggs. Larger individuals give off more carbon dioxide than a smaller person and that is why most generally, younger children are not affected.  Those who have a high concentration of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface also have a higher attraction. Those who have certain acids such as uric trigger the female mosquito’s sense of smell up to 50 meters.

Some factors in controlling the mosquitos is making sure that accumulated rain water is not lying stagnant. It can be a simple thing as a plastic bucket or bird bath on your property. Someone has discarded a plastic pop bottle or old tire and it has filled with rain water. They look at these locations as we do the beaches; sunny, delightful and inviting. Being active with movement and sweating is another draw for the female mosquitos.

Wearing a chemical repellant such as DEET is effective up to 5 hours to ward off this pesky insect. A very popular spray is from Cutter Advanced which contains picaridin which is odorless and leaves a light, clean feeling. If you do not want to go with the chemical application, there are skin patches and hanging strips that contain oil of eucalyptus.  When you know that you are going to be outside for a large number of hours, you may want to go the route of the clothing that is gaining popularity. The clothing, which comes in various designs and colors is infused with the chemical insecticide permethrin.
Most generally, when bitten by this so called lady, the worst that comes out of it is a rise in the skin with itching. More than itching, there are two diseases that can come from being bitten. The West Niles virus which has symptoms such as; fever, headaches, skin rash, body aches, vomiting and swollen lymph glands. More severe symptoms such as stiff neck, sleepiness and disorientation can be associated with Malaria. If you have any of these symptoms, make contact with your physician if after using over the counter fever reducer does not correct it within a few hours. Of those bitten, 70-80% do not develop any symptoms other than the normal itch.

Now, head out into your yards, clean your bird baths and hope it is enough to the keep the little lady with the really powerful bite away from your ankles. Good luck…

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
 

June is National Safety Month
Please Click HERE for a Summer Safety Home Checklist. Just how safe is your home?
   
Volume #10
 
Summer is not just a time to plant the petunias, plan the family vacation and have that picnic. It is most importantly, the time to clean out the medicine cabinet, install sufficient lighting and repair worn rugs and broken steps. June is National Safety month and being prepared and taking preventative measures saves you injuries and gives you the time to enjoy the summer.

Accidental overdoses are leading in unintentional deaths among adults ages 25-64. It can be ever so innocent in accepting that prescription pain killer from your best friend or relative for that throbbing head ache. The issue is not so much in the prescription but your body. Our bodies are unique and the prescription was prescribed for a particular individual for a specific reason. We have to take into consideration possible allergies, dosages and there may be a conflict with a current prescription that you may be prescribed yourself. There are certain prescriptions that can be fatal if mixed. Not only is accepting a prescription from someone else dangerous but also illegal in the State of Ohio. Seek the advice from your physician for any ailments that you may suffer from. In cleaning out your own medicine cabinet for expired prescriptions, can assure you and your family’s safety. Many of us remember family members who may have “flushed” those expired pills. That is not a good practice for many reasons. It can cause issues on your septic system and most importantly, be in the water system that our animals may drink. Most of us have a “prescription drop” in our communities such as a mental health facility or police department that have proper disposals available.

Just a few steps to take to assure that you are secure in walking in your home is quick and easy. A simple hit of a tack securing carpet can make walking safer. Frayed carpeting should be removed immediately from the area and destroyed. Falls and slips can be avoided in the home when taking necessary precautions. Simply just putting down a throw rug over damaged areas can create an even larger safety concern. Throw rugs can be just as dangerous, especially those that have age to them and the corners have “rolled up”. They make a double sided tape that can be applied so the rug adheres to the other carpeting or floor. When placing a throw rug on wood or vinyl flooring, make sure to place a non-skid product under it.  Slip resistance is the key to provide for secure footing when walking onto it. Make sure to repair any broken or weak boards on steps is also preventative measures to assure your footing to avoid falls or spills. Another pretty inexpensive addition to the steps or landings is lighting. Being able to see where you are walking can assist with secure footing and avoidance of injury. Make sure to carry down those extra toys or books to the basement instead of leaving on the top step for later. Clutter on your steps is just as uninviting as clutter on your counters.

Simple steps can be taken in the beginning of your summer to assure you’re still able to take steps when the four letter word~snow arrives. 
 
Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

April 2015 
National Stress Awareness Month

   
Volume #9
 
Two years ago, my physician informed me that if I did not make changes in my life, I would be another statistic and would not be around for my 50th birthday. I asked the question that most of us ask when we visit our doctors and are not feeling up to par, “what is going on with me”? She looked at me with a tilt of her head and half smile on her face and wearing the crisp white lab coat that I had become accustomed to and replied “stress my dear”.

I had no idea that lack of stress management could cause so many health issues including the possibility of death. I had high blood pressure that in turn was causing severe headaches. I was feeling drained and exhausted due to only having 2-3 hours of sleep each night. I was losing my hair is large quantities. I was unable to stay focused and my short term memory was… well let me just say, I could not remember why I was at the store and where I parked. Chronic stress can cause communication and performance issues for us in our daily activities and lives. Being in overload affects our attitudes, relationships and health. Stress can be brought on by uncertainties such as the present and the future including economics, family and career. Stress is an unavoidable part of life, it is how we deal with it that makes it unhealthy and lacking will power to make the necessary changes.

Having emotional support in place is an important factor in dealing with life’s difficulties. Talking over problems with a neighbor who has children about the same age as you can ease the stress levels. It could be a coworker to discuss issues at work or your career endeavors. Each of us benefit from social and emotional support. This support can assist us to cope with problems on our own by improving our self-esteem. We must choose people we can trust and count on, to avoid disappointing interactions that can make us feel even worse.


Social skills do not always come naturally to some people. They may have complications or anxiety making social connections. Many individuals lose their established connections due to life changes such as relocation, death of a loved or something as joyful as retirement. Often, we expect others to reach out to us and when that does not come through, we feel rejected. We must make every effort to stay connected with our friends and family. Reach out to lend a hand or call to just hello.

I make the suggestion to get involved in something you like to do such as playing a sport, singing at your local church or worship center. Go for a walk, hike or get involved in your local politics. Most importantly, you doing this will connect you with people who have the same interests and you will feel that social connection that we need.  If you’re dealing with a specific stressful situation, such as caring for a family member or dealing with a chronic illness, consider joining a support group to meet others who are dealing with similar challenges.

Today, make contact with that social support that you have built.  We will not be able to get rid of all of the stress we deal with on a daily basis, however, what we can do is change our ways so that we or a loved one is not the next statistic. I have to tell you, I had the best 50th birthday.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

March is National Nutrition Month
   
Volume #8
 
We survived a very long and brutal winter, but not before we added on a few extra pounds. We learned to keep all vital areas such as our fingers, nose and ears covered to avoid frostbite. We had education on the dangers of gases within our homes such as carbon dioxide. We made sure to shovel our driveways properly with our legs and not our backs so we would not slip on the ice.  What we most likely did slip on was what we were putting into our bodies and the lack of physical activities. 

The winter months are harsh on our minds, bodies and waist lines. It is important to eat foods from the 5 basic food groups which consist of, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy products. Smart choices from these foods group result in low amounts of solid fats and additional sugars. Decreasing your portion sizes and stop eating when you’re satisfied plays a big key in eating healthier. Using a smaller plate, glass and bowl helps to control the sizes that we have become so accustomed to works in our favor.

Whether eating out or cooking at home, avoid fried or sautéed foods. Ordering or preparing grilled, broiled or steamed dishes are healthier choices. If the foods have the following words, buttered, battered, creamy or breaded it indicates the food is higher in calories.  When using dressings or sauces, it is best to order them on the side so you can have control of the portion.

Physical activities are just as important as controlling what we put into our bodies. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and could do regularly. A brisk walk for 10 minutes such as to and from the parking lot, taking a flight of stairs or joining an exercise class can make all the difference.

Always be ready to take that brisk walk keeping comfortable clothing and a pair of walking or running shoes in your car or office. Every little bit of movement makes a difference and doing something is better than doing nothing. Not taking care of yourself such as portion control, eating right and some type of physical movement can lead to many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
 
So, as the sun begins to shine and the snow melts, make yourself a salad and take a walk. You owe yourself, it was a tough winter.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

Heart Health

Volume #7
 
Twice a year, it has become a practice to change the batteries in our smoke detectors so they work properly in order to save our lives. Why do we not take steps each February to set a doctor’s appointment to have our hearts checked? 

Heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure are all part of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This silent disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Preventative measures include controlling your diet, tobacco use, food intake, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and making sure you have enough physical activity in your daily routine. In order to stay on top of this deadly disease, make sure to see a physician or team once a year even if you feel healthy. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. Your doctor or physician should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Choosing healthy meals and snacks can help you avoid CVD and the possible complications. Limiting sodium in your diet can lower your blood pressure. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and consume a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily.

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Exercise can be put into your day in several different ways such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking at a distance. Exercising with friends and family can be a great way to stay healthy and have fun. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for CVD. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor or physician can suggest ways to help you quit and start you on a healthier road without the smoke.

If you are taking medications to treat or control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another condition, follow the instructions carefully. Always make sure to take your medication as prescribed. Not taking the prescriptions as prescribed can be as deadly as the disease.

Take care of your heart, you owe it to your family but most importantly - yourself. Celebrate this month in red and enjoy your new healthy lifestyle.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

Winter Weather Safety

Volume #6
 
As we take down the tree and the beautiful lights, we prepare for winter. There are a couple of things that are inevitable with winter; cold and snow. It would be pleasant if we could stay in the warmth of our homes and watch the environment take shape for spring. Unfortunately, we have daily obligations and steps need to be taken. If these steps are not done properly, they can have long lasting affects.

Dressing the part is important when exploring the outside elements. Keep in mind to layer with loose fitting and light weight garments that are water repellant. A scarf or knit mask to cover face, mouth and ears. Make sure that the sleeves on your coat are snug at the wrist. Wearing mittens instead of gloves, they are warmer due to body heat. When ice and snow are present, make sure to wear boots that are waterproof and you are able to maintain secure footing.

When it becomes apparent that the snow is not going to go away anytime soon, you will need to take action. It is best to work on the shoveling as the snow comes down. It becomes extremely heavy when you wait until the snowfall is complete. Shoveling snow should be done with your back in a straight position and one hand close to the lower end of the shovel. Use your leg muscles and do not twist your upper body. The most important move your body can do is stretch both before and afterwards and do not over heat or sweat.

The best advice would be to stay inside, enjoy a good book, cup of hot chocolate, catch up on some closet cleaning and let nature take care of it all. If you feel the need to assist Mother Nature, follow these few basic steps so you will be able to enjoy the upcoming spring.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

The Thyroid

Volume #5
 
The thyroid is a gland that sits in our throat and has a unique shape of a butterfly. A common
health issue shared among most women is thyroid disease. To narrow it down, every eight
women to one man report they fight this disease. There are two significant terms associated
with thyroid disease one of which is overactive known medically as hypothyroidism and an
under active thyroid known as hyperthyroidism. Of all of the diseases that we suffer from as
women, this is the one that keeps everyone second guessing, questioning, and suffering.

The hypothyroidism (hypo) is an under-active thyroid gland that is slowing down due to
insufficient amounts of hormone. Symptoms can be fatigue, weight gain, constipation, fuzzy/
confusion in thinking, low blood pressure, fluid retention, body pains, slow reflexes and
depression. Most often, suffering from joint pain in the legs and arms is a sign the thyroid is
sluggish.

The hyperthyroidism is an over-active thyroid gland that has rapid metabolism, an oversupply of
anxiety, insomnia, rapid weight loss, eye sensitivity and high blood pressure. Some of the
causes could result from autoimmune disease, a recent pregnancy, women between the ages of
20-40, smoking, trauma to the neck or throat area, at times due to whiplash.

Both of these diseases may take several years and doctors to receive the proper diagnosis.
Most often, there are miss diagnosis due to the bodies fluctuation in body temperatures and the
mind set commonly referred to as depression of the individual suffering from the symptoms.
Many physicians make a misdiagnosis stating the patient is suffering from depression or just
stress. Looking back through this article, both of those symptoms appear. Thyroid disease is a
life sentence, however can be controlled most often by a prescription called Synthroid. It may
take several years of doctors appointments and changing of the dosage of the medicine
prescribed to have it to where woman can feel somewhat normal. Ask any woman out there that
suffers from thyroid disease and they will tell you that they fight it everyday of their lives.

The biggest fight is not always the disease itself but the physicians that either do not understand
the disease or misdiagnosing it. Every woman knows her own body and if it does not feel right,
you take the necessary steps to get the answers. If that physician does not appear to have the
proper answers, then move on to another individual that takes the time to research your
symptoms so that you can move forward with your own life. Reminder, it is the only life you will
get.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

August is National

Girlfriends Month......

 Encourage one another to stay healthy.
Volume #4
 
Friends are there to support you, work out with you, share information that you normally would
not share with anyone else and let you know what you need to improve on.

Your girlfriend can help with making healthy choices when you get together such as eating more
fruits, vegetables and add foods rich in minerals and vitamins. They can also keep us honest on
our portion sizes and on occasion, split an entree. We all need to be reminded to go easy on the
salt, processed foods, saturated fats and those high caloric sodas once in awhile. Our girlfriends
can also keep us moving with a physical activity as easy as walking or riding a bike. Just by
being physically active a couple hours a week, you can reap improved health benefits.

During these weekly walks, you not only are becoming healthier with your body but perhaps with
your mind as well. We tend to talk to our girlfriends with just about anything subject under the
sun. It is where the rubber meets the road and we remind each other of maintaining those
regular health screenings and doctor office visits. Preventive procedures can prolong our lives
and relationships creating a satisfying and productive life. It can be a simple suggestion such as
having a regular dental check up to having those dreaded mammograms.

A delicate conversation that may take place on a longer path is drug and alcohol usage. If you
are witnessing a friend going through difficult times and see them binge drinking or abusing
drugs, it is time for that talk. When talking to your friend, make sure not to be accusatory but
present it as being concerned for their welfare. Do your research prior to bringing up the subject.
Make sure to have the facts of the situation and have a plan in place for them. Offer to attend a
meeting such as Narcotics or Alcoholic Anonymous with them for support. They may or may not
wish for you to attend but knowing that you are there for them makes a difference. Let that be
their decision, just let them know you support them.

One of the most difficult subjects to bring up to a friend while on your weekly journey is the
bruises you have noticed. They may appear ever so slight and increase with time. May notice
your girlfriend wearing longer sleeves when normally she would be in a tank top. You may notice
that her demeanor has changed greatly. She has withdrawn from you and comes up with
excuses to miss your weekly walks. If you do come across this very delicate but dangerous
subject, make sure to listen. Even though your girlfriend is being abused by her husband or
significant other, she will defend them to the end. Make suggestions or "outs" for her to attempt
to seek on her own time. If it is possible, attempt to include her in a photograph where she may
not be aware that you are building a case for her. Research the abuse or domestic violence
shelters in your area and have that information available to give to her. Do not offer your
residence as a safe haven especially if you have children. You stand to lose a great friend both
emotionally and physically if you insist that she leave the abuser. Domestic violence victims will
share with you when they are ready; it is important that "you" are always ready.

During girlfriend week make sure to be alert, lend an ear and your heart; Girlfriends are more
than partners in buying shoes.


Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

Heat Exhaustion

 Signs and Prevention......

Volume #3

   
After being confined to our homes this past brutal winter, we find ourselves heading to the great
outdoors with a vengeance. Celebrating the dog days of summer come with brilliant rays of
sunshine. Often the heat from those rays can be depilating and in some cases, fatal.

Our bodies naturally generate heat and is a necessity to function. We are able to dissipate the
heat by radiation through the skin or by evaporation of sweat. If we are exposed to high humidity
or vigorous physical activity under the sun, our bodies may not be able to sufficiently release the
heat and causes our body temperatures to rise causing heat exhaustion.

Heat exhaustion occurs after we have been exposed to high temperatures and sun rays for a
prolonged period of time. It can come from two different sources, one being salt depletion of
which symptoms could be vomiting,nausea, muscle cramps and dizziness. Water depletion
comes with possible headaches, excessive thirst, profuse sweating, weakness, strong odor or
dark urine,and possible loss of consciousness. Both of these types of heat exhaustion can be
uncomfortable and dangerous.

If heat exhaustion is not treated properly and you do not see improvement within 30 minutes, it
can rapidly become a heat stroke and it is time to seek professional medical advise. Symptoms
of a possible heat stroke are: absence of sweating, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, agitation,
disorientation, coma, seizures, come and strange behavior.

If you suspect someone has become over heated, get them to a shaded or cool area, use ice
towels and if possible, seek a cool shower or fan. Remove them from any concrete or asphalt
due to the temperatures for these materials rise during the day and barely release heat during
the evening hours. Infants, elderly, athletes and those who work in exposed sunlight are most at
risk.

Prevention during exposure to sunlight and excessive heat is to hydrate yourself. Key is to
consume 8 glasses of water daily and avoid caffeine and alcohol. Remove any unnecessary
clothing and avoid dark colors. Hats are beneficial during the summer months, however, make
sure to get the breathable materials. Heat escapes through the tops of our heads and if a ball
cap is worn, the heat is trapped and can cause over heating.

We yearn to feel the sun on our faces and the sand under our feet; we learn to do it safely. Drink
up!

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

Summer care......


     The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and after a brutal winter season we are eager to run out into the warm weather. In doing so, we must take preventative measures and precautions in protecting our skin. Any time of the year, we must prepare our skin for precautions against ultra violent sun rays (UV rays). The winter months have just as many UV rays coming in as the summer months. The biggest difference is that we tend to enjoy the summer months out in the elements more often and do not take the necessary steps to protect ourselves. Doctors recommend that we use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 sun protection factor (SPF) and reapply as we perspire and/or swim. This usually requires reapplication every two (2) hours. Sun-protection clothing can protect your legs and arm areas and hats or head gear can protect the scalp, shoulders, and chest areas.
 
If we do not take the precautionary measures listed above; we take a risk in developing the three (3) skin cancers listed here below in this article.
 
Basal Cell Carcinoma: The Basics
•    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the United States, especially in people with fair skin. It grows very slowly and is appears most generally on face, head, neck, arms and legs where they have been exposed to the sunlight. It is treatable if detected early.
 
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Basics
•    Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer in the United States and the most common type of skin cancer in people with dark skin. It also tends to appear on the face, neck and hands however, it seeks the scalp and neck area as well. This type of skin cancer is caught in the early stage, can likely be cured. If it is let go after a period of time, it can spread to other parts of the body including internal organs.

Melanoma: The Basics
•    Melanoma occurs less often than other types of skin cancer. But it is the most serious and most dangerous type of skin cancer and is the cause of most skin cancer deaths. This dangerous skin cancer is more likely than other kinds of skin cancer to spread to other parts of the body or to metastasize and can occur on any skin surface.In men, melanoma is often found on the head or neck or on skin between the shoulders and the hips. In women, it often occurs on the lower legs or on skin between the shoulders and the hips. Self checking is the best form of preventative measures. If the area you have checked continues to shape or form over a very short period of time, it is time to contact your health provider for a consultation.
 
Enjoy your summer months to the fullest extent but protect yourself with the same ambition, so it is not your last ray of sunshine.  
 

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues
The following article appeared in the NFRW May 2014 Newsletter:  
   

Take Action Ladies......

National Women's Health Week is May 11-17, 2014

     Women do not take priority in taking care of themselves properly most often addressing other
individuals needs and wants around them first. In today's busy world, the focus is on the
children, parents, siblings, spouse and then there is the career responsibilities. Letting their
health go or putting it on the "back burner" is not benefitting anyone but insurance companies or
even worse in the near future.
     In order for women to be productive and effective they must make a priority in placing
themselves first. This includes taking steps to set those appointments for proper screenings and
preventative services. National check up day is May 12th and this is a reminder to contact the
dentist, family physician, gynecologist, eye doctor and in many cases a session with the family
counselor to maintain the mental health that is necessary to function effectively. Mental health is
just as if not more important than physical health. If one suffers from a mental illness, this will
affect the entire body no matter how healthy one may think that they are. It is like having a great
pair of pumps, they look great but the pain that one may experience due to the wrong fit far
exceeds the beauty.
     Each month, a health care issue is addressed such as American Heart Association, National
Immunization Awareness, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Awareness, Mental Health, Assisted
Living Awareness and Education, Eye care and many other important health care information for
women across this great nation. Take the time to receive the education needed and keep in
mind that the focus must be kept on you~ without you, nothing else matters.

Respectively Submitted by:
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair

NFRW and OFRW Women's Health Care Issues

April is Women's Eye Health

 and Safety Awareness Month

Two out of three individuals who are blind or visually impaired are women. Women suffer from
from vision loss one in ten in the United States (Chicago) and are at a greater risk of permanent
vision loss than men. This is mostly due to the life span of women versus men and nutritional
habits. Women tend to be busy nurturing others around them and to put their health after
everyone else's in their lives.

One of the prevalent eye diseases or cause of blindness in women is known as autoimmune
disease. There are two forms of this disease, wet and dry syndrome. One can be possibly
treated or have the progression slowed and the other in most cases is untreatable. The dry eye
syndrome is difficult to treat and even more difficult to correct. Whereas the wet eye syndrome
is somewhat manageable with eye exams and at times, laser surgery. Another eye disease that
is prevalent more in women than men are cataracts.

Common symptoms could range from blurred central vision even with correction (glasses) to
actual blindness. Women tend to avoid eye exams for a couple of reasons. One being that they
feel they cannot take the time for themselves even if it means negative consequences later in
their lives. Also, they tend to be very vain about their appearances and believe that they will not
have the same look to their facial appearance with corrective lenses.

A step into preventative measures for women's eye care is a yearly exam. It is vital that
individuals know their families health history regardless of how they feel today. We all must
know where we come from in order to know where we may be heading. This is also important
for eye care in women. If your mother had autoimmune disease, there is a greater chance that
you will suffer as well. Taking care of your health is one of the largest preventative measures for
avoiding medical issues including eye care. As with heart disease, as a women if you fail to eat
right, which includes fruits and dark leafy vegetables, exercise, avoid harsh ultra violent rays
and visit your optometrist yearly(every two if over sixty), you have a much higher risk of eye
disease. Smoking also plays a large part in having difficulty with your health including your eye
sight.

If you fail to follow these preventative steps in your health, you stand to decrease your ability to
drive an automobile, read your favorite author, watch your children/grandchildren or even
recognize an individual and most importantly, a result in loss of your independence.

Once you lose your sight, you will never see the world the same............

[email protected], Women & Vision Loss, Chicago, March 20, 2014

See Jane See: Women’s Healthy Eyes Now, is a great site to visit to obtain free education and
resources on everything from eye disease to cosmetic safety to vision changes during
pregnancy.

Current Legislation on Women's Eye Health Care & Awareness.
For several years, the loss of sight by individuals have been advocating for Medicare’s coverage
of assistive technologies, particularly low vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any
device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether such device incorporates any other
features. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency
responsible for the management of Medicare, has ruled that devices, such as low vision
devices, that use a lens are excluded from coverage just as are eye glasses or contact lenses
except in very narrow circumstances.

Federal legislation would begin to change this unacceptable national policy by establishing a
nationwide Medicare program to evaluate the fiscal impact of a permanent change in Medicare
coverage to pay for low vision devices. The legislation, H.R. 3749, introduced by Reps. Carolyn
Maloney (D-NY) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), would initiate a five-year demonstration project that
would put low vision devices in the hands of Medicare beneficiaries who, after a clinical
evaluation by an optometrist, can benefit from a low vision device and for whom such devices
are medically necessary.

Posted in: Latest News
by Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy
The American Foundation for the Blind
Respectively submitted by: April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
Bridgette McAuliffe, Co-Chair
Women's Health Issues
   

Women's Health Issues Project
If you have comments, requests, and/or suggestions, please contact
April Cohagen-Gibson, Chair
[email protected]
Prepared by: April Cohagen-Gibson
                        Chair, Women’s Health Issues

Purpose:
To educate women today on their health and safety issues including the government’s stance on health care.

Objective:
The women in the United States of America have a need and want for education on their health care and health care services that are available. Along those same lines, women feel the need to know what their legislation and government are doing with the health care needs and services.

Goals: 
  • Educate women on health & safety issues
  • Suggestive preventative measures including situational awareness
  • Provide Information of Government and Legislation stances on health care

Project(s):
  • Present a monthly newsletter on specific health topics(Electronic)
  • Build relationships with State Federated Presidents informing them of the importance of this project and make sure that they have the tools to provide this information back to their States.
  • Provide education on financial resources for the preventative measures and treatments.
  • Offer brief synopsis on Legislative Bills
  • Show the impact on women’s health including being a patient and on the families.
  • Provide further information on the impact on preventative measures for health in women.
  • Deliver information on the power and influence from the providers and health care insurance companies related to  legislation
  • Tap into resources from agencies who provide preventative measures (Heart Association)
  • Encourage members to pass this information along to their State and Local Republican Clubs and their government officials.
  • Supply information on home health care and nursing home options.
  • Complete a one hour video on women’s safety issues and concerns. Titled “Safety in 60”




         
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