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NCNW-NICHD/NIH Fit For Life Obesity Project

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Eye Health

  • NCNW and Transitions Optical, maker of Transitions lenses, the #1-recommended photochromic eyeglass lenses worldwide, have partnered to bring eye health information to the African American community. Read about this collaboration here.
  • Did you know African Americans are at higher risk for many eye- and overall-health issues that can impact vision?
  • African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from cataracts than the general population, and are five times more likely than Caucasians to develop glaucoma.
  • They are also more likely to develop overall health issues, like diabetes and high blood pressure that can impact the eyes, and even lead to blindness.
  • To learn about diseases more common among African Americans and tips for seeing your best and protecting your eye health, read this brochure. Learn more about your risk for specific diseases based on your age and ethnicity, with this Healthy Sight Assessment

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Obesity/Diet & Exercise

  • Did you know that African American Women are at the highest risk in the nation to be overweight (BMI over 25) or obese (BMI over 30)? Obesity contributes to many health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes (see below for more information on these two diseases) but with education and dedication, you can help avoid or reduce this dangerous excess weight through diet and exercise.
  • To learn more about obesity (definition and risks) and to check your BMI visit the American Obesity Association.
  • The US Department of Health Customized Food Pyramid can help you to choose the foods and amounts that are right for you based on your age, sex and activity levels.
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information, resources and tips on how diet can help reduce the risk of disease and increase wellbeing and health.
  • Portion control is a key factor to gaining control of your diet. Check out this interactive quiz to get an idea of just how much America's portions have increased over the years.
  • Combine regular exercise with a balanced diet to complete your healthy lifestyle. Guidelines and suggestions for all ages and fitness levels can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • You can increase your activity level in so many ways - jogging, cleaning, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, lifting weights, playing ping-pong - every bit of added activity counts, but how much? Use this online calorie calculator to find out how many calories you expend doing your favorite exercise or activity.

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Heart Disease

  • As the American Heart Association will tell you, heart disease and stroke are major risks for women. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in America.
  • For a quick check of your heart attack risk, try this calculator.
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recognizes the particular risk that heart disease poses to women of color, and have initiated The Heart Truth campaign to increase awareness and provide resources to help women take charge of their heart health.
  • Several leading organizations focused on improving heart and women's health care are banding together to support landmark legislation aimed at fighting the number one killer of American women - cardiovascular diseases. The American Heart Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., Society for Women's Health Research and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease are activating for passage of the HEART for Women Act. The bill would improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women by educating both women and health care providers about the most effective options for women.

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  • Black women, you have the power to prevent type 2 (formerly known as adult-onset) diabetes in you and in your children. Learn how working, time-strained and willing-to-learn sisters can make healthier food choices, exercise more, manage diabetes, if they have it, and much more.
  • Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes. To address this growing health problem, the American Diabetes Association created a community-based program called the African American Initiative. It is an aggressive public education campaign designed to increase awareness of the near-epidemic rate of diabetes among African Americans. The African American Initiative is the Association's targeted approach to increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices such as moving more and eating healthier.

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  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by age 50, at least 80 percent of women will have acquired a genital HPV infection. Often there are no symptoms for this illness—which is why knowledge is vital in preventing and treating it. Take a moment to get the facts and help prevent the spread of this disease.


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NCNW-NICHD/NIH Fit for Life Obesity Project

  • NCNW and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) have joined forces to help children maintain a healthy weight.  On October 31, 2008, NCNW Cluster Leaders traveled from around the country to receive training in two health education programs at the NIH. 
  • "Energize Our NCNW Families: Parent Program” provides parents and caregivers practical research-based information to help families maintain a healthy weight. “Media-Smart Youth: The Essentials” teaches young people ages 11 to 13 years how to analyze and understand media messages about nutrition and physical activity so that they can make healthy choices for themselves.  These programs are available by calling the NICHD Information Resource Center at 1-800-370-2943. 
  • NCNW and the NICHD have also produced Training Guides for each program so Cluster Leaders can train others to facilitate the programs.

  • Energize Our NCNW Families: Parent Program

Download the Training Guide here

Download the slides for this Training Guide here.

  • Media-Smart Youth: The Essentials

Download the Training Guide here.

Download the Overview slides for this Training Guide here.

Download the Welcome slides for this Training Guide here.

  • Fit for Life” Forms and Templates"

Download the Workshop/Training Report Form here.

Download the Workshop/Training Expense Report Form here

Download a Workshop/Training Flyer Template here

Download a Formal Letter of Introduction Template here

Download a Radio PSA Template here

Download a Print PSA Template (for newspapers/newsletters) here

Download "Fit for Life" Fact Sheet here


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