Five steps women should take to better health

January 9, 2008 1:38:38 PM PST
Dr. Michael Roizen is co-author of the book, "You- The Owner's Manual," with Dr. Oz.

  • Take a Pledge for Better Health: Millions of women have already taken a small step by participating in past Speaking of Women's Health events, and earned big rewards.
  • Pay Attention to the Numbers: Know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to increase the years in your life and the life in your years!
  • Learn the Signs: Learn what the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke
      Heart Attack warning signs:
    • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
    • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
    • Shortness of breath. This feeling may occur with or without chest discomfort.
    • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
      Stroke warning signs:
    • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
    • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg
    • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
    • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
    • severe headache with no known cause
  • Balance Your Plate: To maintain a healthy diet, each of us needs protein, carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats
  • Know Your Body: Know your risk factors for developing diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and hypertension.

(PRESS RELEASE)

Speaking of Women's Health 'Community Event'

Returns to All Wal-Mart Supercenters Nationwide January 12th

Millions of Women 'Taking Small Steps for Big Rewards'

Cincinnati, Ohio, January 8, 2008: As part of a national campaign to reach women, Speaking of Women's Health will be holding its Community Event in all 2,435 Wal-Mart Supercenters across America on Saturday, January 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to teach, encourage and inspire women to take control of their health, and obtain information on small steps that can result in big rewards for their overall health and well-being.

The beginning of the year is an ideal time to make a change for a healthier life, but making a change concerning one's health can often be a challenging task. Studies show that changing behavior is a process and taking small steps can be a great way to start down a successful path that can result in big rewards. Millions of women have already taken a small step by participating in Speaking of Women's Health Events, and earned big rewards. In fact, 85 percent of women screened at events said they increased their knowledge on risk factors for heart disease and 61 percent discovered they had more than three risk factors for heart disease - the number 1 killer of women.

"I am thrilled to be part of this important health initiative that provides millions of women with essential information to help them take charge of their health and potentially prevent serious health conditions," said Michael F. Roizen, M.D., noted health expert and co-author of YOU-The Owner's Manual, who is partnering with Speaking of Women's Health to encourage women to attend the event. "I hope women who attend are empowered to make small changes that will benefit their health and improve their lives."

Women attending the Speaking of Women's Health Community Event, one of the largest single-day, free events focused on female health and wellness, will receive complimentary product samples from Speaking of Women's Health's national sponsors and a free book, Love Notes to Our Moms and Other Women of Influence. The book includes letters from successful female leaders and celebrities such as Florence Henderson, Mary Wilson, Chef LaLa, Dottie Peoples, and Pamela Peeke, M.D. The book is filled with health, well-being and personal safety information, from baby care to menopause, exercise to nutrition, and from allergies to heart disease.

Since Speaking of Women's Health launched the "Take a Pledge" program at its Community Event at Wal-Mart more than four years ago, women have taken more than 4.7 million pledges to improve their health by making one small change in their daily lives. Awareness campaigns and programs like the Speaking of Women's Health Community Events at Wal-Mart, help women to take control of their health.

Dianne Dunkelman founded Speaking of Women's Health in 1995 as a one-day women's health event. Under her leadership, the event has grown to become a national foundation with more than 50 conferences and events in cities nationwide, including two national multicultural health initiatives, Universal Sisters and Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer.

More information about Speaking of Women's Health and the Community Event at Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.speakingofwomenshealth.com

Speaking of Women's Health 'Community Event'
Wal-Mart Supercenters

Saturday,11am to 4pm

speakingofwomenshealth.com


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