Women’s Health Expo kicks off on RevolutionHealth.com
WASHINGTON Revolution Health on Monday announced that it is joining 10 leading national nonprofits to kick off its online Women’s Health Expo, hosted on RevolutionHealth.com.
“We all know that women spend time year round caring for their families, their spouses and even their friends,” stated Val Jones, senior medical director of Revolution Health. “We are focusing on women—moms and moms-to-be—to remind them not to neglect their own health and encourage them to start on the path to healthier living.”
Each participating nonprofit organization in the Women’s Health Expo will host a “health booth” with information, stories and resources about a range of conditions and issues that affect women. In addition, the Women’s Health Expo will feature articles on women’s health issues, tools to help track nutrition, physical activity, medications and mood, and a robust online community discussion of how to tackle some of the most pressing health challenges women face. To provide further assistance, RevolutionHealth.com features expert-led groups to help women meet health and wellness goals, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, decreasing stress and improving their relationships. The Women’s Health Expo runs through the end of May.
Each time a visitor to the Women’s Health Expo clicks onto a health booth, Revolution Health will make a donation to the nonprofit, for a total of up to $10,000. Nonprofit organizations participating in the Women’s Health Expo are:
- Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
- The Wellness Community
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Women’s Sports Foundation
- National Healthy Mothers, Health Babies Coalition
- American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Shape Up America!
- National Women’s Health Resource Center
- Society for Women’s Health Research
Washington state helps pregant women to quit smoking for Mother’s Day
OLYMPIA, Wash. Washington’s state Department of Health has added new services to its free Tobacco Quit Line to provide pregnant women with more help when they’re ready to quit using tobacco in preparation for Mother’s Day, the agency announced Thursday.
The new tools include quit materials and extra follow-up calls specifically to help pregnant women increase their chances of quitting and remaining tobacco-free after the baby is born. Quit coaches have received additional training to better understand the challenges pregnant women face when trying to quit smoking.
In Washington, more than 8,700 babies are born each year to women who smoke during their pregnancy, the agency reported.
“Quitting smoking is a Mother’s Day gift that a pregnant woman can give to herself and her baby,” stated Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “Babies with moms who smoke are more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and have health problems like ear infections and pneumonia. These new resources will make a real difference in the health of pregnant women and their babies.”
Washington’s maternal smoking rate has remained stagnant over the last several years. In 2006, about 12 percent of pregnant women reported smoking during the last three months of their pregnancy. Some groups continue to have higher than average rates, particularly young women (18 percent of those less than 25 years old), women receiving Medicaid benefits (17 percent) and American Indian women (23 percent). More than 40 percent of women who quit smoking during pregnancy start again within months after giving birth.
Yakult available in Central Calif., Bay Area
TORRANCE, Calif. After a successful launch in Southern California, Tokyo-based consumer products company Yakult Honsha on Tuesday announced that it is expanding distribution of its probiotic beverage Yakult. Yakult is now available in mainstream grocery chains in Central California as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, including Raley’s, Nob Hill Foods, Bel Air Market and Save Mart.
Yakult was first launched in California toward the end of third-quarter 2007. Previously, it was solely distributed through Asian and Hispanic grocery stores due to Yakult’s popularity among these populations.