Wellness for Women

FIT FOR SUCCESS” PROGRAM 2008-2011

BPW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH COMMITTEE

 

A collaborative program with the World Health Organization to improve the health and wellbeing of women.

 Goal

To improve the health and well-being of women by raising their awareness of and participation in preventive health care so they are able to reach their full potential and achieve success in their lives and work.

Aims

  • Clubs will promote the BPW “Fit For Success” (FFS) Program to members and support the program by committing to

1. Undertake at least one women’s health event each year.

2. Raise awareness of members and women in their community of women’s health issues, warning signs and   prevention strategies.

  • Individual members will complete the self-assessment annually and commit to taking action on their own priority issue.

 

Program Characteristics

Focus on individual health and well-being,

Reflect local issues, culture, environment and socio-economic situation.

Be participative and flexible.

Have activities for both individuals and clubs

Use local resources, supports and references

 

Evaluation

Annual individual self-assessments by members, comparing results year by year.

Annual Club review of their programs against the Project Aims.

 Program

Clubs are encouraged to include one health topic from each of the following three categories in their annual programs.

1.  Move for Life – Fitness Activities

The fitness program is focused on raising women’s awareness of their own health status and how they can improve it.

Rationale

Basic health & fitness is essential for women to improve their own individual status and help others to advance in life.

Individuals       Undertake 30 minutes of physical exercise daily.

Clubs                     Group activities, e.g. walks.

Speakers on physical fitness and personal well-being strategies.

Event to mark UN World Health Day on April 7th each year.

Barriers              Identify the barriers that women have to overcome to keep fit.

Choose one barrier, research causes and develop a plan to lower or remove it.

Put the plan into action

2. Preventive Self Care & Community Health

 Preventive self-care promotes the involvement of BPW women in addressing the key health issue/s for women in each BPW Region, e.g.

      • Breast and uterine cancers
      • Diabetes
      • Peri-natal problems
      • Menopause
      • Osteoporosis
      • Heart Disease
      • Alcohol and substance abuse
      • HIV/AIDS
      • Etc.

With particular attention to implementing 2008 Congress Resolutions re Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Eradication of Cervical Cancer, and Education re Osteoporosis.

Rationale

Problems in these areas are reducing the productive life span of women all over the world.

Individuals    Annual health checks, mammogram, cervical smear, diabetes, blood pressure etc.

Clubs

Conduct a survey to identify the key health issue/s for their women.  Seminars and   speakers on women’s health issues, key warning signs, and self-care and prevention strategies.

Eating for success – healthy nutrition for women & girls

Health & well-being topics

Health exhibitions about the most common health issues for women

 Barriers            Identify the barriers that women have to overcome in order to care preventively for themselves.

Choose one barrier, research causes and develop a plan to lower or remove it.

Where barriers are systemic, e.g. due to employment practices, lobby decision makers to reduce or remove them

3. Work / Life Balance –

 This project seeks to raise awareness of work / life imbalance and stress as a women’s health issue and how women can balance their lives in the face of competing demands and role conflicts.

Rationale

Stress related diseases in women compromise effectiveness, reduce life spans, and are one area where we are rapidly attaining true equality with men.

Individuals    Questionnaire for self-assessment of work / life balance.

Identify one cause of imbalance in individual life and take action to reverse it.

Clubs                   Speakers / seminars re work/ life balance issues and management strategies including caring for carers  –  health of those caring for dependants.

Barriers             Identify the barriers that women have to overcome to achieve a better work / life balance.

Choose one barrier, investigate causes and develop a plan to help women lower or remove it.

Where barriers are systemic, e.g. due to employment practices, lobby decision makers to reduce or remove them

Article written and provided by International Health Committee Person: Faye Gardiner BPWNZ

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