Program helps women manage common health problems

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Senior Nurse Educator Sally Cascella leads a discussion of breast health at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Wellness for Women night.

 

People know men and women are different, yet few are aware of the subtle health-related differences between the sexes. Some health issues affect only women, while others are more prevalent among women than men. In addition, warning signs of common health concerns such as heart disease are different in women than in men and preventive measures may also be different.

“Women have unique health concerns yet most of what we know about prevention and treatment is based on what we know works with men,” said Dr. Donna Twist, executive director of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. “Women need to know their bodies and understand what they can do to stay healthy.”

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has begun a new effort to help women understand their unique health concerns. The center’s Wellness for Women program introduces women to services that can help them learn about and manage common health problems.

“At the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center, we believe that education and prevention are the best means to staying healthy at any age,” said Nancy Church, the center’s community education coordinator. “Our newly expanded facility on Beach Road offers an even more comprehensive approach to wellness, through services such as yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, nutrition and therapeutic massage, just to name a few. Our Wellness for Women events are another way of getting our message out to women in the community, who, due to hectic family lives or business schedules, don’t often take the time to focus on their own health.”

The program is a partnership with local schools and community groups.

“Working with PTAs and other community groups has helped us connect with women in larger numbers,” Church said. “We had our first program with over 40 women from the Fairfield Preparatory Guild in February. The women learned about health risks and how to integrate healthy practices into their busy lives to reduce stress and disease.”

Church is hoping to identify other school and community groups to bring to the center. The center also works in the schools educating teens and adults about breast health.

“We would very much like to work with other women’s groups,” Church said. “Women need to take time out for their own health in order to be productive in other aspects of their lives.”

Groups interested in scheduling a program with the Breast Care Center can call Nancy Church at 203-255-5300.

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