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May 13, 2007

Gov. Blagojevich launches Women's Health Week in Illinois on Mother's Day
Health fairs, workshops, seminars, speakers and screenings held across the state to help improve women's health

SPRINGFIELD – Wishing moms a happy Mother’s Day and encouraging women to take simple steps to improve their health and live healthier, longer and happier lives, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich proclaimed May 13 through May 19th Women’s Health Week in Illinois.  The state declaration was made in conjunction with the 8th annual National Women’s Health Week themed “It’s Your Time:  Pamper Your Mind, Body and Spirit.”  The Governor also announced $44,000 in grants to local health departments to help sponsor women’s health events across Illinois.
 
“Mothers make so many sacrifices to take care of their families and the people they love.  Today is a chance to show mothers how much we appreciate them and to encourage them to take care of themselves as well as they take care of others.  Every year thousands of women in Illinois die from cancer and heart disease.  Women's Health Week is a time for women to learn about how they can lead healthy lifestyles and remind them about the importance of knowing their health background along with their risk factors so they can take action,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
 
“By taking some of the simplest steps, like going for walk, eating more fruits and vegetables and making sure to go for routine health screenings, women can see significant results and improvement in their health,” said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, Illinois Department of Public Health Director.  “The more women know about the diseases that affect them and their own risk factors, the better able they are to take charge of their health and live better lives.”
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Women’s Health awarded 44, $1,000 grants to local health departments holding health fairs, seminars, workshops and other activities in recognition of Women’s Health Week.
 
The following local health departments received grants.
 
Organization
Program
Boone County Health Department
May 15, 2007 “Women’s Breakfast Before Business” health seminar and free screenings.
 
Bureau County Health Department
May 6, 2007 – Health Expo for Women and educational materials.
 
Calhoun County Health Department
May 2, 2007 – Health fair and educational materials.
 
Carroll County Health Department
May 14, 2007 – Health fair with blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI screenings.
 
Cass County Health Department
May 15, 2007 – Health fair with educational materials provided to attendees with free and reduced cost breast and pelvic exams, complete metabolic panels, finger-stick cholesterols and bone density screenings.
 
Clay County Health Department
May 3, 2007 – Health fair and screenings.
 
Crawford County Health Department
May 16, 2007 – Health fair with workshop, speakers and screenings
 
De Kalb County Health Department
May 16, 2007 – Health fair with screenings and “Take Walking to Heart” interactive display.
 
Douglas County Health Department
May 7, 2007 – Health fair and screenings.
 
Effingham County Health Department
May 19, 2007 – Community baby shower for expectant mothers.
 
Evanston Health Department
May 14, 2007 - Health fair with screenings, mammography van, HIV testing, fitness activities, demonstrations and nutrition counseling.
 
East Side Health District
May 17, 2007 – Health fair with blood pressure and stress screenings, free pedometers, healthy eating guide and therapeutic massage.
 
Fayette County Health Department
May 5, 2007 – Health fair with screenings and speaker.
 
Grundy County Health Department
May 15-24, 2007 Workshop with speaker and screening and 28 health risk analysis sessions.
 
Henderson County Health Department
May 19, 2007 – Day of seminars on diabetes, nutrition, breast cancer, heart disease and fitness equipment demonstrations.
Henry County Health Department
May 2007 – All floral deliveries and purchases in May will include outreach materials for women.
 
Jackson County Health Department
May 17, 2007 - Workshop on proper nutrition and physical activity to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
 
Jasper County Health Department
 May 7, 2007 – Health fair with screenings.
 
Jersey County Health Department
May 18, 2007 – Health fair with blood sugar and blood pressure screenings.
 
Jo Daviess County Health Department
May 1, 15, 29, 2007 – Various health screenings.
 
Kane County Health Department
May 2007 – Developing posters for distribution to hospitals, clinics, businesses, park districts, libraries, faith groups and schools.
 
Knox County Health Department
May 14, 2007 – Dinner with workshops on acupuncture, therapeutic massage, bio-identical hormones and oral health.  “Women’s Health Care:  Missed Opportunities.”
 
LaSalle County Health Department
May 17, 2007 – Health fair with a fitness expert and session on Yoga, Meditation and proper exercise.
 
Lawrence County Health Department
May 17, 2007 – Health fair and screenings for blood sugar, hemoglobin and BMI.
 
Logan County Health Department
May 14-18, 2007 - Free blood sugar, hemoglobin, bond density and blood pressure screenings.
 
Macon County Health Department
May 4, 2007 – Health fair with exercise demonstrations.
 
Macoupin County Public Health Department
May 19, 2007 – Health fair with free cholesterol tests.
 
Madison County Health Department
May 2007 – Educational materials in gift baskets delivered to local businesses and in-home beauty shops.
Mason County Health Department
May 18, 2007 – Health fair with lipid profile, glucose and blood pressure screenings.
 
Mercer County Health Department
May 16, 2007 - Health fair and workshop on breast cancer and osteoporosis.
 
 
Morgan County Health Department
Week of May 13, 2007 – Public service announcements and brochures with preventative screening information.
Ogle County Health Department
May 15, 2007 – Oregon and May 16, 2007 Rochelle Handing out pink annuals to plant for breast cancer awareness.
 
Peoria City/County Health Departments
May 17, 2007 and May 21, 2007 – Health fair with seminar “Impact Arthritis 2007.”
 
Perry County Health Department
May 19, 2007 - Health fair with screenings.
 
Pike County Health Department
May 15-16, 2007 - Free cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
 
Rock Island County Health Department
May 19, 2007 – Health fair and seminar “The Spirit of a Woman.”
 
Skokie Health Department
May 19-20, 2007 – Women’s health goodie bags at Festival of Cultures.
 
Southern Seven Health Department
May 15, 2007 – Health fair with speaker.
 
Stephenson County Health Department
May 2007 – Women’s health goodie bags handed out to salons.
 
Tazewell County Health Department
May 18, 2007 - Heart Smart for Women reunion with speakers.
 
Wabash County Health Department
May 2007 – Women’s health goodie bags distributed by beauticians, manicurists and massage therapists.
 
Warren County Health Department
May 13-19, 2007 - Health fair for the Hispanic population.
 
Washington County Health Department
May 5-14, 2007 – Health fair with screenings.
 
Wayne County Health Department
May 2007 – Women’s health flyers.
 
 
Gov. Blagojevich has made women’s health a priority in Illinois and strongly supports the Illinois Department of Public Health Office of Women’s Health and its administration of three specific cardiovascular programs: Heart Smart for Women, Heart Smart for Teens and the Illinois WISEWOMAN Program. 
 
Heart Smart for Women is a 12-week education program where participants learn the benefits of exercise and nutrition as well as how to reduce their cardiovascular risk.  Last year more than 2,100 women participated in the program, and almost 60 percent of those women reported improved nutrition and/or physical activity levels.
 
Heart Smart for Teens is a nine-week education program to educate adolescent girls about the risk factors of cardiovascular disease and teach them the importance of healthy diets and physical activity.  Last year more than 3,000 girls completed the program, and 78 percent of those girls reported improved knowledge about nutrition and physical activity.
 
The Illinois WISEWOMAN Program is designed to help women reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes through screenings, physical activity and healthy eating habits.  This research program is offered in 21 Illinois counties and targets women in the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.
 

Proclamation

 
Whereas,          Women’s Health Week was being initiated in the dawn of the new millennium by a coalition of public and private organizations dedicated to raising awareness of women’s health issues;
 
Whereas,          From that day forward Women’s Health Week has occurred in the spring with an annual celebration held the week following Mother’s Day;
 
Whereas,          Women’s Health Week is a celebration of women taking responsibility for their own health through greater knowledge and understanding;
 
Whereas,          The State of Illinois is committed to the prevention of illness and to the promotion of good health among all Illinois women;
 
Whereas,          Women’s Health Week celebrates the efforts of national and community organizations working with partners and volunteers to improve awareness of key women’s health issues;
 
Whereas,          Significant numbers of female-related health problems, such as breast and cervical cancer, could be detected and treated if the awareness of these problems were increased;
 
Whereas,          The State of Illinois promotes statewide women’s health week events and promotions; and
 
Whereas,          The State of Illinois has chosen to officially launch our statewide efforts.
 
THEREFORE, I, Rod R. Blagojevich, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 13, 2007, through Saturday, May 19, 2007, to be WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS and encourage all citizens of the State of Illinois to increase their awareness and understanding of women’s health issues.
 
For more information call the Women’s Health-Line at 888-522-1282 or for TTY (hearing impaired use only), 800-547-0466.  Information on women’s health issues and programs can also be found on the IDPH Web site, www.idph.state.il.us.
 


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