Health

The Health Task Force provides information on women's health and aging to allow you to make informed health decisions. We will take a holistic approach to help us safeguard and nurture our bodies, as well as enrich our minds and spirits. There will be articles and reports, suggested books, and FAWCO member contributions. We will also include practical information and resources, such as caring for loved ones from a distance, for ourselves and family members. 

In 2014, we re-launched Clubs in Motion, with the goal to walk or run around the globe before the March 2015 Conference. That's 40,000 kms, so we better get moving! To learn more, sign up your club's walking or running group, and check how far we've come, go to Clubs in Motion

We have gathered information from FAWCO Clubs about their Heart Pillow Projects to help women who have had breast cancer surgery. If you have Heart Pillow news to share, please send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are currently looking for a Health Issues Task Force Chair. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in the position.

 

              

 

The Health Task Force provides information on women's health and aging to allow you to make informed health decisions. We will take a holistic approach to help us safeguard and nurture our bodies, as well as enrich our minds and spirits. There will be articles and reports, suggested books, and FAWCO member contributions. We will also include practical information and resources, such as caring for loved ones from a distance, for ourselves and family members.

 

In 2014, we re-launched Clubs in Motion, with the goal to walk or run around the globe before the March 2015 Conference. That's 40,000 kms, so we better get moving! To learn more, sign up your club's walking or running group, and check how far we've come, go to Clubs in Motion.


We are currently looking for a Health Issues Task Force Chair. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in the position.

"The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and the quality of life of older people. Creative expression is important for older people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of economic status, age, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive functioning." For more information about the NCCA, click HERE.

 

Following is an excellent example of creative aging: 

 

THE LAYERS  
 
    I have walked through many lives,
    some of them my own,
    and I am not who I was,
    though some principle of being
    abides, from which I struggle
    not to stray…

    Though I lack the art
    to decipher it,
    no doubt the next chapter
    in my book of transformations
    is already written.
    I am not done with my changes. 

From Stanley Kunitz, "The Layers." Kunitz, who won many awards for his poetry, continued writing until his death at 100 years of age.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for his work at the age of 63. 

For a video of Kunitz reading his poem titled "Touch Me" visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nihqt3Ct2KU

The First Session of the Open-ended Working Group on strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons was held in April 2011. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has published an article that discusses the outcomes of this meeting. The article states: "The world’s population aged 60 or older is expected to double by 2050, to a record of 21 per cent – representing two billion people. Member States are expressing concerns about the status of older persons revolving around their social and economic situation, their participation in development and their relationship to human rights."

To read more, click on this link:

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/2011/august/feature.shtml#fea1

 

The Second Session of the Open-ended Working Group is convening from 1 to 4 August 2011 at the United Nations in New York. Information on this working session can be found here:

http://social.un.org/ageing-working-group/secondsession.shtml

When you made the decision to leave the US, you were probably thinking about what to pack and how will you learn the language of your new country. Thinking about long-distance caregiving was probably not on your top 10 list of things to do before moving. Now you are settled into your new country and life has moved along. All of a sudden you are faced with making caregiving decisions for a loved one, such as an aging parent, who still lives in the US. Click here for a brief article on things to think about and useful websites for caregiving from a distance.

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Clubs in Motion!

See our RESULTS here! 


Join Clubs in Motion and get moving with FAWCO. If your club has a walking, hiking or running group, this is for YOU! You can dowload a flyer to publicize the program to your club members by opening Clubs_In_Motion.doc.  

Let's get moving! Join FAWCO Clubs in Motion today! Happy and healthy! 

Our FAWCO Leadership was caught in the act - out WALKING while attending the Geneva NGO Forum Beijing+20!!  From left to right on the rock...  Kathleen Simon (Counselor & AWC Bern), Maggie Palu (AWG-LR - thanks to Maggie for the photos), My-Linh Kunst (President & AWC Berlin), Monica Jubayli (1st VP & AWC Lebanon), Suzanne Wheeler (Foundation Board Member & AAWE Paris), and Sallie Chaballier (2nd VP & AAWE Paris). Well done ladies! 

FAWCO Leaders IN MOTION - ROCK

Clubs in Motion is a FAWCO initiative to encourage members to stay physically fit.
Keep your club members healthy and increase FAWCO awareness. Start sending a record of all those kilometers or miles your clubs' walkers and runners have walked or run NOW!

Who can send in kilometers/miles?
FAWCO Club activities can include walking groups, participating in walks/runs in your area, organizing a walk with your club members ,etc. In order for the kilometers / miles to count, three or more members must be exercising together.  We are not gathering data from individuals walking on their own, because this is about both the physical benefits and the mental benefits of getting active together!  
 
How will the kilometers/miles be tallied?
Send kilometers from club activities with club name to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the number of participants. Please include the name and location of any organized walks/runs - for example: breast cancer awareness, club walking group, marathons, etc. and any special locations. Send photos!

You'll find updates on the FAWCO Clubs In Motion page under the Health Task Force site, so you can check the progress of the various clubs.

Why should clubs get involved?
Exercise benefits your health. Did you know that for every hour of regular, vigorous exercise you do, like brisk walking, you can live two hours longer? And we all know that it's more FUN to exercise with friends. Clubs in Motion will be a fun way to get your members active and interested in FAWCO, and introduce them to FAWCO's website.

Top 10 reasons to Get in Motion with Clubs in Motion:

  • Prevent Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis: strengthen bones/maintain bone density
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Help lower cholesterol
  • Help you maintain a healthy body weight
  • Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Good for your brain: cognitive functions improve with regular exercise
  • Enhance well-being and reduce stress
  • Improve fitness

When do we start?

NOW! Let’s ‘move it’ together -- with FAWCO!

 

 

 

 

 

 

hamburg heart pillows

Many FAWCO member clubs are involved in making heart pillows to donate to help the recovery of women who have had breast cancer surgery. AWC Hamburg has a Heart Pillow Best Practice with instructions for how you can start your own heart pillow project that you can access in our members-only Best Practices section (you must be registered and log in to see these).

To learn about clubs' cooperation with COCOMAT, a mattress and pillow retailer, read the Press Release

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