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The following is a proposal for a women’s wellness education program. The purpose of this project is to improve the emotional and physical well-being of women. This paper will describe the project, outline the need for instituting this program, and enumerate the benefits expected from the project.


As Eisenhard points out, in Women’s Health Month (1998), among “the health risks most prevalent to women are pulmonary health disorders… depression, anxiety, and eating disorders…” (Eisenhard, 1998). This program will decrease the risk of illness by helping the participants develop healthy living habits and personal lifetime wellness plans. It will emphasize nutrition, exercise, and avoidance of substance abuse, and stress reduction techniques. Counseling and consultation services will be included.

NEED FOR A WELLNESS PROGRAM:
Women often require special resources that are unavailable to them. Wellness programs help to supplement existing health programs and bridge the gap between gender-related needs and available resources. The program will include workshops on a variety of topics to provide education, skills, and experience to promote wellness.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED PROJECT:
The women’s wellness project is a sixteen-week health and fitness education program, designed to improve the emotional and physical well-being of women by helping them to develop a personal healthy life-style plan. It will help promote good health through nutrition, counseling, exercise, stress-reduction techniques, and avoidance of substance abuse.

FORMATS:
Workshops, lectures, discussions, support groups, and pamphlets will be used as delivery methods.

EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTIONS:
• Nutrition education
• Exercise education
• Stress reduction
• Substance abuse

CURRICULUM:

• Stress reduction
• Substance abuse
• Stress reduction. Calm living in a stressful world (Includes relaxation training for stress management, and a workshop designed to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being.)
• Weight management and body image
• Cholesterol management
• Managing blood pressure
• Better nutrition
• Eating disorders
• Avoidance of substance abuse (includes avoidance of smoking and excessive alcohol intake).

HEALTH INTERVENTIONS:
• Access to gym equipment in conjunction with the local YWCA
• Neighborhood walking program

HEALTH SCREENING:
• Monitoring of weight
• Blood Pressure
• Body Composition test (% of fat)

BENEFITS OF A WELLNESS PROGRAM
Wellness helps provide the conscious growth in various areas of life. The women’s wellness project will improve the emotional and physical well-being of women by helping them develop healthy living habits and personal lifetime wellness plans. It will give them the education, skills, and experience to promote wellness.

ASSESSMENT:
Participants will design their own health goals and timelines with the help of trained counselors. The goals will be numbered and stated in terms of the participant’s achievement. Counselors will track the intervention progress and will document the program outcomes.
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of and make choices for a lifestyle designed to realize one’s highest potential for wholeness and well-being.

According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity (2001), “More than 60 percent of adults do not achieve the recommended amounts of regular physical activity…and women are less likely than men to engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity.” (CDC, 2001). This program will provide women with the skills and experience to maintain optimal wellness.

REFERENCES

Eisenhard, Jill. “What Health Risks are Prevalent among Most Women?” National Women’s Health Month (1998, May 5), Val’s (6). [On Line]. Retrieved August 19, 2005 at: http://webcampus.med.drexel.edu/whep/nationalwhmonth.htm.

Physical Activity and Health. (2001). Surgeon General Report (Chapter 1). Center for Disease Control. [On Line]. Retrieved August 19, 2005 at: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/adults.htm.

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