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Healthy lifestyle behaviors are learned through new weekly activities on our website and at our events. Success is measured by the number of women who utilize the free services and screenings, learn something new and/or report making a lifestyle change to improve their health. More than 65,000 women have participated. Detailed exit surveys reveal:
In 2010, AAW introduced an interactive web program that is a virtual version of the events. In both programs, it is through experiences that help women take important steps toward greater self awareness and knowledge of all issues - from health and well being to financial security and relaxation. It's a community of services and education in a user-friendly atmosphere.
All About Women is a dynamic organization that blends the wisdom of experts, the excitement of innovators and the commitment of volunteers to connect women with free and engaging resources to balance and renew their lives and improve their health. In very practical ways, AAW is making a positive impact on women, young and old, throughout middle Tennessee . The use of health fairs, a content rich website and scholarships for women, we are able to support women as they take the steps of positive change in their life.
make 85% or more of the healthcare decisions for their families (State of
Tennessee Mental Health Dept and Kaiser Family Foundation). It has been proven
that if women take care of themselves, their families benefit. Likewise, if
women are unhealthy, their families tend to be unhealthy.
in Tennessee are among the unhealthiest in the nation. In the 2009 Tennessee
Women's Health Report Card, infant mortality/prenatal health, diabetes,
obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, lack of leisure activity and dental care
were graded D or F. The federal Status of Women Report that mobilized the founders
of AAW cited health, as well as economics, education and political
participation as areas needing serious improvement.
AAW's goal is to empower women to be better caretakers of themselves and their families by removing obstacles such as lack of time and money that prevent them from accessing services. In addition, AAW strives to help women understand how every area of their life connects to their well-being. The ultimate goal is to have women see wellness as the preferred state of being and take preventative measures as well as make changes to improve their lives.
* Change or start practicing positive lifestyle behaviors. Examples include being smoke free, practicing safe sex, being in safe/loving relationships, and having healthy pregnancies.
* Learn healthy nutrition.
* Establish a base level of health metrics: cholesterol, BMI (Body Mass Index), Blood pressure, blood sugar, bone density.
* Understand the impact of fitness in all aspects of life and become less sedentary.
* Learn ways to manage their diabetes and develop/strengthen support systems.
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"Women in Tennessee are in the middle of a health crisis. What are YOU going to do?"
Dr. Stephaine Walker's call to action followed the launch of the TN Women's Health Report Card, which showed some clear areas of progress since the previous snapshot of women's health in our state, but also a number of areas in which there is still significant work to be done. While we are getting more mammograms and have significantly decreased our rates of breast and lung cancers, for example, cervical cancer rates have increased, and 42% of Tennessee's women have high blood pressure. Almost 1 in 5 of us smoked while we were pregnant, and 1 in 3 of us are obese. African American women experience striking disparities in rates of breast cancer, STD contraction, and infant mortality.
The full 2013 report can be accessed through the link below. Read carefully, and decide what YOU are going to do to improve the health of women in Tennessee.
The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways, including an increase in life expectancy, worldwide reduction of infant and child mortality rates, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. In Middle Tennessee, improvements in preventive medicine and advanced medical technology have resulted in increased life expectancy and improved health for many residents. However, significant health disparities exist in our region, resulting in poor health status often related to economic status, race, and/or gender.
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