• Total Nutrition and Dieting – Could it be a thing of the past?

    We are now entering a period in time where more and more women have become ‘size acceptant’ and no longer acquiesce in the thin-is-in notion. The total nutrition and dieting world seems to have come to its senses. Could it be a thing of the past?

    Contrary to what the fashion industry has indicated for the past few decades, we are now recognizing that not all women are 5 ft. 8 inches tall and weigh 125 lbs (58 kilos), nor are we supposed to be!

    The key to attaining your ‘ideal’ weight is through a balanced (there’s that word again) weight management plan. Numerous studies indicate that when women diet continuously (yo-yo dieting), the result, both physically and emotionally, is adverse.

    Metabolism, for example, is altered as a result of the body trying to conserve fat on a low calorie or low-fat diet. And feelings of low self-esteem as a result from ‘failing’ at diet after diet are also common amongst perpetual dieters.

    The truth is, most diets:
    – become boring as a result of having to follow strict eating regimes
    – do not fit into the average person’s lifestyle
    – cause the dieter to become hungry
    – do not teach people how to manage their weight once the diet ceases

  • Heart Attacks in Women

    Heart attacks used to be a man’s disease. This adage is no longer true. With the additional stress women are experiencing with juggling a career, parenting, running a home, feeding, clothing and educating their families, women are becoming increasingly susceptible to this man’s disease. However, it is very important to note that the systems differ in gender for men and women with heart problems.

    Take also a close look and listen to this video in which Malissa Wood, MD (Director of Mass General Heart Center’s Women Heart Health Program) talks about how symptoms of heart attacks may differ between men and women and what the risks are. She explains about unique women heart attack symptoms and how and why heart disease treatment should be gender-specific.

    Women who are pre-menopausal have very few heart attacks. The exceptions are smokers, diabetics, and women who are on the pill long-term. The largest risk factor by far is smokers. The following symptoms are the most prevalent indicators of possible heart problems amongst women.

  • Young and Happy – How to stay that way

    Nowadays, every woman is very conscious about her looks so that she can become the cynosure of all eyes and she becomes the center of attraction. You are young and happy and want to learn about how to stay that way.

    But wrinkles cause a problem as they increase your age and you tend to look old and frail and this increases the importance of reducing wrinkles and one of the many ways to tackle this problem is to use effective anti-wrinkle creams which make you look younger and brighter.

    Finding a suitable wrinkle cream is not an easy task and the importance of finding a proper wrinkle cream lies in the fact that every product which is of that type makes tall claims of using exclusive ingredients and significantly advanced formulas.

    However, the truth surrounding such creams falling under this category is that most of the active ingredients are absent and these active ingredients are absolutely essential for decreasing the signals of aging and there can also be the absence of those types of active ingredients that are necessary for the wrinkle creams to work effectively.

  • Falling out hair – what to do for bald women

    Men in popular media have a lot of role models that are balding or bald. Women, on the other hand, do not have this to look at. Yes, the truth is there have been several stars down through the years on TV and in the limelight that have been women and have been bald. So when thinking about falling out hair, what to do for bald women?

    Unfortunately, they all were looked on as strange, odd, or abnormal. There are not any stars out there that promote being bald and being a beautiful woman. It is either all or nothing. This is the same way that most women think about their own looks. Hair as always been tied into self-worth and beauty.

    Fortunately, what most women forget is that it does not have to be like this. Female pattern baldness is something that can be helped. The first thing to do is to examine the causes and find out which of them apply to you. Causes of female pattern baldness are not that much different from that of male pattern baldness.

  • Foods for Living – Homemade Cottage Cheese

    I am a big fan of homemade cottage cheese!! Why? First of all, you don’t have to prepare anything. If you get hungry you just open the lid and start eating! I also love it because it one of the fine foods for living and it is high in casein protein and therefore keeps you full but doesn’t have a lot of fat.

    But why is cottage cheese good for you and what is it? I don’t want to bore you with all the details about the production of this protein-bomb. So let’s keep it simple and let’s just say it’s a cheese curd product and you usually find it between the yogurt and the chocolate milk in the supermarket. 🙂

    Like most of the other products in our modern world, it comes as either no-fat, low-fat or regular-fat variation. The important thing to know here is that most of the low-fat cottage cheeses contain added sugar.

    This is because low-fat products, in general, lose a lot of their taste (fat is a flavor carrier) and to fight the occurring tastelessness the sugar comes into play. So make sure you take a look at the list of ingredients before you decide for a certain brand.

  • Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

    Women are constantly bombarded on what they can do to prevent breast cancer. However, there is no definitive known way to prevent the disease. One in eight women in the United States will develop some form of breast cancer.

    I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to several medical experts to address a few common breast cancer myths. I spoke with Renee Stubbins, a well-known dietician at the Methodist Cancer Center in Houston.

    Myth: Mammograms cause breast cancer

    Fact: Annual screenings are the key to finding breast cancer early. Mammograms are currently the best screening tools for finding breast cancer. They use extremely low doses of radiation for making very detailed images of a woman’s breast.

    The code that regulates Mammography Quality Standards was defined by the ACR (The American College of Radiology and enacted into law by Congress to safeguard rigorous and mandatory guidelines for using x-ray treatment safely during mammography.

  • What we do

    Improving community and system responses to children and their families are key objectives of the FVPF (“Family Violence Prevention Fund”) children’s program.

    A good example of the things we do and the necessity of our initiatives is illustrated in this 2009 Carol Wilson Spigner video. Carol is a Clinical Educator and an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Listen to her testifying about the topics “How To Prevent Child Abuse” and “How To Improve Our Response To Families in Crises”:

    As a nation, we face the challenge of developing enhanced community action strategies and service interventions to provide security and safety for all members of a family and prevent the problems of child abuse and violence against so many women from re-occurring.

  • About us

    Our website provides online resources for safety and women and aims to improve community and system responses to children and their families are key objectives of the children’s program.

    As a nation, we face the challenge of developing enhanced service interventions and community action strategies that will work to provide safety and security for all family members and prevent the problems of child abuse and violence against women from re-occurring.

    Through a myriad of projects including qualitative research with survivors and activists, community organizing efforts, and groundbreaking work to engage fathers, our organization listens to families in order to create viable strategies for changing the social and institutional norms that perpetuate family violence.

    For too long our services have polarized families from each other and their communities- we are working with many batterer intervention programs, domestic violence programs, child welfare organizations, and community agencies while forming successful collaborations and building partnerships with these groups of professionals to promote healthy and safe families.


    Domestic violence is a healthcare issue. The Dept. of Justice has reported that almost 40 percent of the women that were seeking care in emergency rooms of hospitals and clinics for violence-related inflicted injuries were in fact injured by a former or current boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse.

    This puts healthcare providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. But, all too often, healthcare providers will not discuss domestic abuse or sexual assault with the patients or even don’t screen a patient for signs of domestic violence. Fewer than ten percent of primary care physicians routinely screen patients for domestic violence during regular office visits, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Rights Project

    Helping immigrant women become their own advocates may be the best and only sustainable way to address the needs of immigrant women survivors of abuse. This Immigrant Women Rights Project is recognizing the unique challenges that immigrant women face as they are struggling for safety in our country.

    This program is educating women about the rights they have and will help them with developing their leadership skills so that they may get involved in changing the policies that are affecting them. When they become emerging and committed leaders, they may well play a crucial role in supporting and educating other women, informing agencies and institutions about their specific needs, demanding access to public services, and instruction other women on how to best address and deal with sexual assault and domestic violence.