OWH Wellness Watch January 2012

       OWH Wellness Watch

                        Across the Lifespan ~ Across Indiana

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Diet Trends and Resolutions to Exercise Make 2012 Headlines 

Our in-boxes this month are filled with gym offers, discounted memberships to diet plans and reminders to start watching calories to make up for the holiday indulgences so many of us fell prey to!  How do we sort through all of the nutrition and diet information we receive and find guidelines and recommendations we can trust? 
The U.S. News & World Report just released its Best Diets 2012 article featuring a rating of 25 different diet plans. Winner of the best diet overall, the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), offers specific dietary selections to prevent high blood pressure.  The other diets that made the list can be viewed by visiting http://health.usnews.com/best-diet.
OWH recommends that you talk to your physician about the right diet options for you and your personal goals. Do you wish to manage diabetes? Lose weight? Select nutritious and healthy choices? OWH reminds you to focus on the big picture of getting to and maintaining a healthy weight, which requires focusing on your lifestyle and how you will be successful with a long-term change, rather than on changing your eating for the first few months of 2012.
As for exercise, we know that it helps boost our mood and control our weight, but did you know about some of these new exercise offerings and trends to try?  OWH offers these three new exercise trends as choices to help you work your unused muscles and re-energize your workout routine: 
 1) Kettlebells - many gyms have these cast iron balls that are used for swinging and working muscles that are not often used. Women should stick with an 8 - 15 lb kettlebell and should first receive instruction on proper form for the exercises from a trainer or experienced professional.
 2) TRX Suspension Training - developed by a Navy Seal and requires a minimum level of fitness to start. Suspension devices are used to create resistance on muscles with gravity and a person's own body weight, requiring already developed core muscles. Individuals over the age of 45 should first check with a physician before beginning this exercise activity.
3) Aerial Yoga - among the other trends of mixing yoga with classical fitness classes such as strength training, this blend involves the formation of traditional poses while being suspended upside down in "hammocks." 

Spotlight on Cervical Health

January 2012 is the official observance of cervical health awareness month, sponsored by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. 
There is a wealth of information available on cervical cancer and HPV (human papilloma virus) at www.womenshealth.gov and the Centers For Disease Control's website at http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/. Also, OWH has just received notice from the Vaccine Education Center (a division of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)) of a newly developed resource to give information about HPV and the HPV vaccine in time for the January 2012 spotlight and health observance. This new resource offers videos of parents discussing the vaccine, and offers the latest information and a question and answer section. This resource can be accessed at www.prevent-hpv.com. We encourage you to check it out!
To mark the observance in Indiana, OWH has collaborated with the Indiana State Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer program and the Comprehensive Cancer Control program to issue a press release on the importance of cervical health and the life-saving screening methods that are recommended. In addition, OWH has interviewed Dr. Jeanne Schilder, a gynecologic oncologist with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, about HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer in an advertisement for the Indianapolis Woman magazine's February issue to spotlight cervical health and help raise women's awareness about HPV and the prevention of cervical cancer.  Please watch for this upcoming Indianapolis Woman issue! 
Addtionally, OWH is working with Roche Diagnostics, the Indiana University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education office, and the Family and Social Services Agency to develop a series of webinars aimed for the provider community to educate on many of the new diagnostic tools available for detecting cervical cancer. This series will launch in the spring of 2012 and more information will be forthcoming in the February OWH Wellness Watch issue. Stay tuned!
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January 2012

1-31 Cervical Health Awareness Month, for more information visit www.nccc-online.org

1-31 National Birth Defects Prevention Month

1-31 National Stalking Awareness Month

1-31 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month  

1-31 Thyroid Awareness Month

8-14 National Folic Acid Awareness Week 

~Read an ISDH press release marking National Cervical Health Awareness Month and urging women to make their New Year's resolution to schedule an appointment with their doctor for a pap smear, at: www.in.gov/isdh/       
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Upcoming Events

January 17 - Indiana Rural Health Association, 9th Annual Indiana Rural Public Policy Forum, Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, 8 a.m. - 3:30 pm, register online at: http://bit.ly/tbSTZv
January 18 - A Fresh Perspective: A Dialogue with Providers Regarding HPV, WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46202, from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.  Open to the public.  Come hear guest experts discuss the HPV virus, vaccine, and related advances and resources.  For questions, email  director@vaccinateindiana.org
January 26 - Free Cervical Cancer Screening at the Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Women ages 21-70 without a pap test in the last year are eligible for the program.  Space is limited, so make an appointment today by calling 765-741-1073.
January 26 - Free Indiana Public Health Training Center at IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health Scholar Series event on "HPV and Public Health." 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. To register to attend the event in person or by web conferencing, visit: www.publichealthconnect.org
January 28 - First Annual Living with Lupus Symposium, Ft. Wayne, Lutheran Hospital, open to patients and family members; for more information visit the Indiana Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America at www.lupusindiana.org or email diondraemiller@gmail.com
January 28-29 - Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center tissue collection event as part of The Super Cure partnership with the Indianapolis Colts! The tissue bank holds five donation collections a year in Indianapolis. To find out the donation process and view personal anecdotes about donating breast tissue, visit  http://komentissuebank.iu.edu/tissue-donors/.  Women must pre-register for the January event.
February 1 - Super Bowl Health Fair, Dorsett Health Spectacular, Ivy Tech Community College, 50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N, from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.  OWH will be exhibiting, along with many other exhibitors offering health screenings and demonstrations.

Submit Your Photos

Attention 2011 OWH/INShape Mini-Grant Opportunity Awardees
OWH would love to bring to life the great things happening in your community relating to nutrition, physical activity and your projects' successes! Please send any photos that you may have from your events to Morgan McGill at mmcgill@isdh.in.gov. Be sure to include your name, county, project title, and a short description of what is happening in the photo. Watch to see whether your submission is selected in an upcoming OWH Wellness Watch update!

Kaiser Issue Brief on the Role of Medicaid for Women and Health Reform Impacts on Medicaid Just Released

The Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief discusses state-level coverage policies on issues of importance to women and provides state-level data. It explores Medicaid's role for women across their lifespans including reproductive health services, care for chronic conditions and disabilties, and long-term care services. It is available online at: http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/7213.cfm

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CMS Launches New Medicaid Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just launched a new website that helps professionals better understand Medicaid.  The site - which also includes information about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - features a resource center program information searchable by topic, state, and population. Visit:  www.Medicaid.gov

Human Trafficking Prevention Continues in Preparation for the Super Bowl

Human trafficking, in particular sex trafficking, is a hot topic these days, especially surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl. While exact estimates of trafficking in Indiana are difficult to determine, Indiana prosecutors and human services organizations know it’s happening. Major events have been shown to attract increased prostitution, with experts suggesting it is highly likely that some of it is forced. Legislation introduced this legislative session, just now underway,  intends to tighten the existing trafficking laws and removes the requirement to prove force or fraud for children under 16. To learn more about the legislation, visit: http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2012&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=SB&docno=0004. To learn more about human trafficking, visit the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Persons at http://www.indianaagainsttrafficking.org/ (site under construction).