The Magnolia Project celebrated National Women’s Health Week May 11 – 15, 2015. The project hosted a series of events each day, which were co-sponsored by Molina Healthcare: Project Participants’ Appreciation Day; Mental Wellness and Beauty; Healthy Eating; Open House and Health Screenings; and Health Tips.
The Open House held on May 14, 2015 was attended by several elected officials or representatives and Board members. Guests were treated to a project participant panel discussion that included a father of a nine-month-old son and had an opportunity to tour the project site and discuss various topics with project staff.
In addition, Honorable Judge Pauline Drake attended the Open House and presented the project with a series of books donated by local judges to give to families to encourage reading to children.
On the heels of Mother’s Day, women’s health takes top priority across the country from May 10-16 for National Women’s Health Week. Locally, the Magnolia Project has a week full of activities to celebrate women and encourage good health.
The national effort is organized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.
Magnolia, a special federally-funded Healthy Start initiative to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years (15–44 years old) in Jacksonville’s Health Zone 1, will be holding the following activities:
- May 11: Community & Project Participants’ Appreciation Day, 11am-2pm
- May 12: Mental Wellness & Beauty, 9am-3pm
- May 13: Healthy Eating, 10am-1:30pm
- May 14: Open House (11am-2pm) & Health Screenings (8:30am-4pm)
All activities will take place at the Magnolia Project, 5300 N. Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32208. For more information, contact 904.353.2130 x1005.
Healthy eating, fitness, mental wellness — the focus of the Magnolia Project’s National Women’s Health Week activities was on all-around health for women in the Project and surrounding community.
The activities, which extended from May 11 to 16, were part of the national effort by the Office of Women’s Health to encourage women to make their health a priority.
The week began with a community appreciation event in the parking lot of Pearl Plaza. Tuesday focused on healthy eating — participants enjoyed a variety of salads while listening to a presentation on nutrition. Massages, make-overs, mood lighting and stress-reducing candles helped participants achieve mental wellness and beauty on Wednesday.
Legislators, Healthy Start Board and Coalition members and the community came out for a Project Open House on Thursday. Staff members provided an overview of their role at Magnolia — attendees learned about the array of services provided, including mental health, case management, outreach and community development and clinical services. Health screenings were also available.
On Friday, participants had their pick of exercise activity — zumba, line dancing or walking on the nearby path.
From zumba to health screenings, the Magnolia Project is planning a host of activities to celebrate National Women’s Health Week and encourage healthy lifestyles from May 11-17, 2015.
- Monday, May 12, 2014: Community and Project Participants’ Appreciation Day. Includes hot dogs, project information and games in the Magnolia/Pearl Plaza parking lot. 11am-2pm
- Tuesday, May 13, 2014: Healthy Eating — Provide nutritional facts and information and serve a variety of healthy salads and snacks at Magnolia from 11:30am-2pm.
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Mental Wellness and Beauty — Demonstration of various stress reduction activities and creating a beautiful you. 9am-3pm.
- Thursday, May 15, 2014: Open House and Health Screenings — Providing a variety of health screenings at Magnolia from 8:30am-4pm.
- Thursday, May 15, 2014: Open House: Elected Officials and Board/Coalition Members are invited to enjoy lunch, a project overview, health screening opportunities and site tour from 11am-2pm.
- Friday, May 16, 2014: Let’s Move It — Zumba, exercise, line dancing and walk at Magnolia and the walking path next to project site. 9am–3pm
Pregnant women should not drink alcohol anytime during pregnancy. There is no safe type of alcohol, amount of alcohol or time to drink during pregnancy. Women who drink during pregnancy put their baby at risk for stillbirth, miscarriage and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs).
FASDs affect an estimated 800 to 8,000 babies born in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FASDs are 100 percent preventable.
Because a woman may not know she has become pregnant for a number of weeks, it is important for health care professionals to screen and address patients who may have risky alcohol use.
How to screen and intervene:
1. Identify women with risky levels.
- At-risk alcohol use is defined as more than seven drinks per week or more than three drinks per occasion for non-pregnant women and any alcohol use for pregnant women.
- All women who plan to become pregnant or are pregnant should be screened for alcohol use. Most women who have risky alcohol levels do not show signs during a physical examination. It is important to ask detailed questions and for a medical history.
2. Encourage healthy behaviors through intervention.
- Educating women about their drinking levels and ways to reduce their use, such as choosing to surround themselves with others who do not drink, can be beneficial.
- Request a follow-up appointment.
3. Refer alcohol-dependent patients for professional treatment.
The CDC recommends this guideline for referral and diagnosis of patients who have a high risk of developing a FASD. Information provided by the CDC and Medscape.