Presentation Inspiration: Diabetes

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 9.3% of all Americans have diabetes. That’s over 29 million people!

Over the years, my team and I have devoted ourselves to creating materials that can help you help people manage diabetes in a healthful way, and today I want to draw your attention to one resource in particular.

The Gold Member PowerPoint Archive.

This archive features hundreds of compelling PowerPoint presentations that you can use anytime. Available solely to gold members of the Food and Health family, the presentation library addresses a wide range of topics, including…

  • Cooking
  • Diabetes
  • Fad Diets
  • Health
  • Heart
  • Holiday
  • Hot Topics
  • Kids
  • MyPlate
  • Nutrition
  • Vegetarian
  • Weight
  • Wellness

Today, because of those crazy statistics, I want to offer a sneak peek into one of our most popular diabetes presentations. If you like what you see, consider a membership today!

The following is from Diabetes 101, a presentation that covers the basics of life with diabetes…

This show is comprehensive, beginning by addressing the causes of and statistics about gestational diabetes, type 1 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. It then covers common diabetes vocabulary words — everything from insulin to pancreas — before diving into the ABCs of diabetes management. The show ends with an exploration of meal planning with diabetes, and this exploration is as comprehensive as the rest of the presentation, addressing carbohydrate counting, protein servings, types of fat, and the importance of fiber.

Today we’re going to take an abbreviated look at the ABCs of diabetes management.

When it comes to successfully managing your diabetes and staying healthy, it’s important to remember your ABCs. In this case, A stands for A1C, B stands for blood pressure, and C stands for cholesterol levels. Let’s explore each one in more detail, shall we?

A1C is the “A” of diabetes management, and it’s a measure of the amount of glycated hemoglobin in the blood… So why on earth should this matter to you? Well, this number is a good indication of your blood glucose levels over the past few months.

When it comes to interpreting this measurement, you should know that the higher the number is, the greater your risk is of having some kind of diabetes-related complication. This could affect your heart, kidneys, or eyes!

The “B” of diabetes management is blood pressure. Do you know what your numbers are?

Blood pressure is a measure of the force your blood exerts against your artery walls. It’s recorded in two numbers, which are then stacked on top of each other. The top number is your systolic pressure. That’s the measure of the force on your artery walls when your heart beats. The bottom number is called diastolic pressure, and that’s the force on your artery walls between heartbeats.

Blood pressure is important for everyone, but it’s especially important if you have diabetes because having diabetes raises your risk of heart disease. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes keep their blood pressure below 140/90 (source) but less is better of course!

Cholesterol is the third part of the ABCs of diabetes. Like blood pressure, your cholesterol levels are indicators of heart health. It’s wise to get your cholesterol checked at least once a year. When you get those levels checked, you’ll likely learn about your triglycerides, HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and total cholesterol levels. Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail, shall we?

I’m afraid we’re going to end on a cliffhanger here. I had to eliminate a few slides with more details for each of the letters in this section in order to fit the parameters of a “sneak peek,” but there’s an idea of what you can get as a gold member of the Food and Health family! I hope you enjoyed it and that it will be useful to your clients.

It’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month!

It’s National High Blood Pressure Education Month!

Help educate your audience about hypertension with these free slides, which are excerpted from the top-selling presentation Blood Pressure 101, available now in the Nutrition Education Store.

BloodPressure101 Slide 1

This little preview will also include the speaker’s notes for each slide, so welcome to today’s show! At this presentation, we’ll discuss what blood pressure is and how to measure it. We’ll also cover the effects of hypertension and how you can lower your health risks.

Blood Pressure101 Slide 2

First let’s talk vocabulary. Blood pressure measures the way your blood presses against the walls of your arteries. To measure it, first a doctor will measure the pressure on your arteries during each heartbeat. Then that doctor will measure the pressure on your arteries between each heartbeat.

When you measure pressure on the arteries during each heartbeat, it’s called taking the systolic pressure. When you measure pressure on the arteries between each heartbeat, it’s called taking the diastolic pressure. As you age, your diastolic pressure generally decreases and you should pay more attention to systolic blood pressure. However, you should never ignore your diastolic blood pressure. In fact, when you’re young, that’s the number you really want to watch.

A doctor generally looks at both your systolic and diastolic numbers when determining whether or not you have high blood pressure. How the two factors interact is important, as is the level of each. High blood pressure is also called hypertension.

BloodPressure101 Slide 3

Now let’s take a look at how to interpret blood pressure results. Normal blood pressure is 119/79 or less. If your blood pressure is between 120/80 and 139/89, then you have prehypertension. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or more, then you have hypertension.

BloodPressure101 Slide 4

Ah! It’s time for a quiz. Now, If a person has a systolic reading of 118 and a diastolic reading of 78, what is that person’s blood pressure? The correct answer is 118/78.

Let’s move on to the next question. True or false? High blood pressure is also called hypertension. That answer is true!

The PowerPoint goes on to explore the health effects of high blood pressure, how to test blood pressure and interpret the results, and how to treat and even prevent hypertension. The presentation is peppered with quick quizzes to test knowledge and promote participant engagement too. If you like what you see, consider getting the whole show!

And of course, here are PDF copies of the slides we featured today. What will you do with yours?

BloodPressure101 Collection

And here are some more materials for High Blood Pressure Education Month!

Sneak Peek: Weight Management PowerPoint Show

It’s time for an exclusive look at of the most popular new presentations in the Nutrition Education Store. The Just Lose 10% PowerPoint presentation covers ways to live a healthful lifestyle while successfully managing your weight. Emphasizing the latest health and nutrition research, this life-changing presentation has been a hit for many dietitians and other health educators.

Today this blog will feature 2 of the sections in this show, just for you, for free. The full rundown includes…

  • Assess Your Weight
  • Set Your Goal
  • Benefits of 10% Loss
  • Weight Control 101

This post features the Set Your Goal and Benefits of 10% Loss sections. Are you ready for this?

Why Choose 10%

Speaker’s Notes: Okay, first things first. Why choose 10%? Why is this the goal of the show? Well, the answer is twofold. One, if you’re overweight or obese, losing only 5-7% of your current body weight can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. And two, losing 10% of your body weight can decrease your heart disease risk. Both of these are key for a long and healthy life. Improve your health with a little weight management!

The First Attainable Goal

Speaker’s Notes: Another reason to set “lose 10% of your body weight” as a weight management goal is that successful weight loss requires a sustained effort over time. Quick fixes are often hard to keep up and make it easy to backslide into less healthful habits. That’s why setting a goal is so important – it gives you something to strive for. And losing 10% of your body weight is attainable and will make a significant difference to your health.

Benefits of Weight Management

Speaker’s Notes: Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of managing your weight well.

What's In It for You?

Speaker’s Notes: So, what’s in it for you? Why is it so important to reduce your weight if you’re overweight or obese? The short answer is that it’s key for your health. When you get your weight into a healthy zone, you reduce your risk of heart diseases like hypertension or even a heart attack. You also reduce your risk of stroke, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes. This in turn means that you are more likely to live longer, while being less likely to have to take medications to combat these chronic conditions. Getting to skip those medications further improves your quality of life.

Even More Health Benefits

Speaker’s Notes: These are all benefits that accompany a healthful lifestyle and gradual weight loss. When you adopt a healthful lifestyle in your quest to manage your weight, you are more likely to sleep better, have more stamina, have more energy, improve your flexibility, and find it easier to do the things you love.

Do you like what you see? There’s a lot more in the show — over 35 slides of the latest research about weight management, health, and wellness. Check out the full presentation!

And here’s a PDF copy of the slides we featured today…

Just Lose 10%

 

Remember, we’re here to help you look your very best, right now. Don’t miss these other great weight management resources…

12 Lessons of Wellness and Weight Loss

Weight Control Poster Value Set

PowerPoint: Exercise to Lose and Control Weight

Announcement: Free Nutrition PowerPoint Show Template

There’s a new PowerPoint in town.

But that’s not all! In fact, it’s only the beginning.

I have to say, I’m really proud of the way that Food and Health Communications, Inc. supports nutrition and health educators. We offer well-researched, scientifically-accurate, engaging, creative, and colorful materials to help you do your jobs well. Plus, there are tons of free resources too! We offer…

Today we’re adding to that list with a free nutrition PowerPoint template. This template has brand-new clipart, a lovely slide background, and all the tools you need to start designing your very own PowerPoint presentation.

So, how can you take this free resource and use it to your advantage?

I recommend starting with a great title page.

Now, I’ve designed more than my fair share of nutrition presentations, and, as you might expect, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Here are some tips that can help you make a marvelous title page in no time at all.

  1. Use a collage app to create art out of photos that you’ve taken. I love featuring my favorite healthful dishes.
  2. Take closeups of fruits and vegetables. Then you can have participants guess which photo belongs to which food as an icebreaker activity.
  3. Use images of people happily eating a meal together. (Pssst, there’s free clipart for that).
  4. Add a photo of a beautifully-set dinner table.
  5. Feature a picture or diagram of a well-balanced meal that highlights some key lessons of portion control.

Happy designing!

By Judy Doherty, PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc.

Of course, you can also save time and effort on your next presentation by purchasing one from the Nutrition Education Store. To start, here are the top 3 nutrition PowerPoint presentations…

Introduction to the Mediterranean Diet PowerPoint and Handout Set

Heart-Healthy Cooking PowerPoint and Handout Set

Eating with Diabetes PowerPoint and Handout Set

The Mediterranean Diet: 7 Things I Learned

Have you tried Mediterranean food?

HummusI have always loved meals from the Mediterranean region. One of my favorite restaurants in Miami served the most exquisite baba ganoush, hummus, falafel, and fattoush dishes that I have ever eaten. Once I tried them, I couldn’t get enough.

Because I loved Mediterranean food so much, I sought out ways to learn more about it. I made major strides in my study of and recipe development for the Mediterranean area in 2005. That was after I took a class at the Culinary Institute of America as part of my continuing education and ProChef II exam preparation.

The class was a 5-day intensive course on Mediterranean cuisine with Certified Master Chef Ken Arnone, CMC. Chef Arnone has spent a great deal of time in the Mediterranean and is one of the most passionate and detail-oriented chefs I have ever known. The 5-day course covered key foods from Provence, Sicily, Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. In that class, I worked with a group of chefs from all over the country. We spent hours learning about the history, ingredients, and cuisine of a particular Mediterranean region every day. After that, we would cook the food as a class and end the day with a huge feast.

MediterraneanVegetablesThat may sound like a walk in the park, but the course was intense. Every day, we worked in teams to prepare a staggering number of dishes. Each one required extraordinary levels of mis en place. It was certainly a restaurant-style experience that involved sharing stoves, grills, and prep table space while working on a tight timeline. You see, Chef Arnone wanted all the food served at 6 pm sharp.

Now, once all the work was done, it was tons of fun to sit down and eat everything family-style in a large group. I remembered grabbing small portions of everything and making copious notes about what I liked in each dish.

If anything, that class increased my fascination with cooking foods from the Mediterranean region. When I got home, I bought tons of Mediterranean cookbooks. Then I read, studied, experimented, and read some more, cooking an endless parade of new dishes in my kitchen. After all, my ProChef II exam was just around the corner, and since the test was going to be a mystery basket with a 3-hour time limit and a specific serving time that needed to be hit precisely, I wanted to have as much practice as I could get.

MediterraneanFruitsFor the exam, I would draw a card out of a stack. That card would contain the name of a country, a type of protein, and a cooking method. I then would have to prepare a dish that matched the criteria on the card, which meant that I really had to study all of the countries and their cuisine, being able to make a dish from scratch in the time allotted — all with a master chef and other judges observing my process and technique.

The exam day arrived, and so did the moment of truth. I drew a card. Greece, lamb, and grilling.

What a wonderful Mediterranean surprise! I won’t keep you in suspense — the final dish was a smashing success. My score was one of the highest in the class and my examining chef told me that my dish made him think that he was in a café in Greece!

Okay, that’s enough about my time with the ProChef II exam (though if you’d like to read more, it’s all in the post, CIA ProChef 2 Story).

Let’s get back to the Mediterranean.

MediterraneanDishIn 2014, I was approached by a book publisher who wanted me to write a Mediterranean cookbook. Unfortunately, the deadline was tight and the budget was scarce, so I had to turn it down. After that conversation, I started thinking about how I would outline my own book and what I would want to teach in order to help people learn about this wonderful region and its ingredients. I knew that I didn’t want to make just another cooking tour or gourmet encyclopedia. People are busy, so I wanted to make sure that I told them about the health benefits, ingredients, and popular dishes — all the keys, none of the wasted time.

Around this time, I started teaching an advanced pastry course at Johnson and Wales University. During that course, I learned that photos of beautiful dishes motivate students to create their own masterpieces. I knew that I would want to carry that information into my Mediterranean project too.

From there, I started planning a multimedia class for the clients of Food and Health Communications, Inc. and the Nutrition Education Store. My plan was set into motion when our client, Michelle Ernanga, MS, RD, sent in a request for a Mediterranean Diet PowerPoint. I decided that this PowerPoint was a great place to start my larger project, because it is a lot more visual and interactive than a book. The infographics, research summaries, photos, and video make it very easy to learn all anyone would need to know about the health benefits, key ingredients, featured countries, and easy recipes of the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean HerbsThe point of the new Mediterranean Diet Class PowerPoint and Handout Set was to present the research, show the ingredients, and provide a look at a few popular dishes, along with exploring everyday substitutions that people could make in order to shift to a healthful plant-based diet.

Thus the Mediterranean PowerPoint was born.

I would like to thank Lynn Greiger, RD, LD, for her tireless research on the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and Victoria Shanta Retelny, RD, for her contributions about the flavors and health benefits of this diet as well. I would also like to thank my editor, Stephanie Ronco, who was flexible, organized, and very detail-oriented. And of course I would like to give a shout-out to my son, Nicholas, who was very good at tasting and critiquing the finished dishes. Mostly, he clamored for more!

Creating this nutrition PowerPoint was an intense and wonderful experience, and I certainly learned a lot. Here’s my list of the 7 most important lessons that I took away from this project.

Mediterranean Spices1. The ingredients overlap. The ingredient lists for many dishes from a variety of Mediterranean regions actually overlap! Yes, the dishes are different, but many of the base ingredients are the same. The whole point to cooking in a Mediterranean style is to use all of the delicious, highly-flavored and beautifully-colored fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans that are so prevalent in all cuisines in the Mediterranean region.

2. Mediterranean dishes are based on vegetables. Vegetables are the key, which makes this is a whole new world of cooking. I hadn’t realized how much I had painted myself into a corner by relying solely on old favorites until I started creating hundreds of delicious vegetable dishes and salads based on Mediterranean ingredients.

3. Sardines are delicious. No, really! I had read about them before, but I never really ate them until I created the Sicilian fennel, olive, and sardine salad. Sardines aren’t that high in sodium, they’re inexpensive, and they keep for a long time (in their cans). Plus, sardines are not on the big list of fish that can contain a lot of mercury, and yet they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Of course, they also add a lot of flavor. You don’t need that many sardines in order to add rich flavor to many dishes. I had never added them to a salad or veggie dish before, but now I really like using them.

LetsGrill4. Grilling is prevalent but easy. You can create a whole dinner on a grill. Grilling is popular in the Mediterranean, and it has been popular for a long time. This has a lot to do with the history of the area, where fresh water is often sparse. Many dishes are made over a small wood fire, and many of the protein and vegetable components are grilled.

5. Tagines are awesome. A tagine is a Moroccan stew pot with a funny lid that’s conically-shaped. I originally bought one for learning about Moroccan stews. The thing I love the most about a tagine is that you can cook with a tiny amount of water and the meat and vegetables will cook very well. The stew can also cook on very low heat without burning.

6. Olive oils come in many flavors. I have since started shopping in olive oil boutiques and I am amazed at the variety of flavors. Some are bitter, some are smooth, some are grassy, some are acidic. And there are a million variations on a ton of flavor combinations. It’s always fun to come home with a new olive oil!

MediterraneanGrains7. There are so many new grains to try. Where to start? Bulgur and couscous cook so quickly. And I love working with Valencia rice for paella. Risotto is also very delicious. Farro is a new-to-me grain with a crunchy, nutty flavor and texture. And pasta is always fun — I love to buy new shapes. The best part is that cooking grains Mediterranean-style is fast and easy. People will gather around the stove to watch you make paella and they will remember it for a long time.

Of course, the show is full of great lessons in health, easy cooking, and nutrition. You can get a sneak preview today — all 100+ slides are featured in the flash version, so take a look and let me know what you think!

I’ve also added tons of new recipes to the Mediterranean recipe database, which is totally free and always available.

Mediterranean cuisine is constantly growing and changing. The region is home to the Modernist Cuisine movement, which was started by Barcelonan Chef Ferran Adria, who founded elBulli in the 1980s. Although he closed the restaurant in 2011, Chef Adria is starting a foundation to record, preserve, and create new cooking methods and presentations.

How will you try Mediterranean meals?

By Chef Doherty, PC II

Get the Mediterranean PowerPoint and Handout Set today! And there are lots of other nutrition education resources in the Nutrition Education Store!

Mediterranean Diet Class with PowerPoint, Handouts, and Leader Guide

Kids Activity with MyPlate Bookmark

Freedom from Chronic Disease Poster

Best Nutrition Education PowerPoints

Putting together a presentation is hard work, isn’t it?

You have to research your topic, organize the ideas, communicate your points in a clear and compelling way, and even set up graphics, pictures, charts, and/or tables. Not to mention creating any coordinating activities or brainstorming questions for a follow-up discussion. There’s a lot to do!

Does making a presentation have to be so hard?

No.

Let us do the work for you! The Food and Health Communications team is full of experts in research, art, writing, and communication. Each contributor is a wizard at outlining the latest nutrition and health data to make engaging and informative presentations. We work together to save you time, building presentations that will be sure to reach your audience and communicate the messages that you value most.

The PowerPoints in the Nutrition Education Store are some of our best-selling nutrition education materials. And there’s no question as to why — the presentations are exactly what our subscribers need.

Take this rave review from Shirley M. Winslett, RD, LD, at Owatonna Hospital as an example. “The presentation went great. I can’t tell you how much time this power point saved me. Thank you again for having a wonderful power point. Have a wonderful day!”

Right now, 5 great PowerPoints are outselling all the rest. If you’re looking for a great nutrition or wellness presentation, one of these might be a perfect place to start!

Top Nutrition PowerPoint #5 Gluten-Free Guide to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten Free PowerPointIn this new Gluten-Free PowerPoint presentation and handout set, patients who have gluten sensitivities — including wheat allergies, celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity — will learn the ins and outs of living with their disease.

A diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can be overwhelming, and though there are more gluten-free products on the market these days, navigating the grocery store and making healthful choices can still be difficult.

This presentation is organized into the following sections…

  • What is Gluten Sensitivity?
  • Types of Gluten Sensitivities
  • Gluten and Health Statistics
  • Symptoms and Diagnosis
  • What Foods Contain Gluten?
  • Gluten-Free Cooking and Dining Tips
  • Gluten-Free Meal Ideas
  • Resources for More Information
  • Quiz

What are you waiting for? Check out the Gluten-Free PowerPoint today!

Top Nutrition PowerPoint #4: MyPlate

This presentation is actually 3 shows in one!

The package features 3 PowerPoint presentations that can be used either individually or in conjunction with one another. Plus, the presentation set comes with handouts that you can copy and distribute too.

The 1st PowerPoint in the bundle is the Comprehensive MyPlate show. With over 70 slides (illustrated and with speaker’s notes), this presentation looks at the history of USDA food graphics, the basics of MyPlate, and how to cook and eat according to MyPlate’s advice. This show takes an in-depth look at each of the 5 MyPlate food groups and offers a wide variety of approaches to filling any plate healthfully.

The 2nd PowerPoint in the bundle is the Express MyPlate show, which is a shortened version of the comprehensive edition. This presentation weighs in at 30 slides and features the absolute key points of MyPlate and health.

The 3rd PowerPoint in the bundle has only 15 slides. This Kindergarten Plate presentation is a short but fun PowerPoint show for kids. It’s designed with kids in mind, featuring strategies that will help keep them engaged.

Are you ready to rock MyPlate? Then download your copy now!

Top Nutrition PowerPoint #3: Sports Nutrition Basics

Use the shows and handouts in this presentation package to educate coaches, parents, and/or kids about how to eat and drink smart for maximum athletic performance.

The program is divided into 3 parts: 2 presentations and 1 15-page handout set.

  • Coaches Show: This advanced show was designed for coaches and college/adult athletes. It features over 40 PowerPoint slides and 20 color overheads.
  • Kid Show: This is a simple, fun show for kids. It has 30+ PowerPoint slides and 20 color overheads.
  • Handouts: These handouts will help athletes remember the important messages, like what to eat for solid training, what to do before an event, and the importance of a high-quality diet.

So, are you or your clients looking for ways to improve athletic performance? Then this is the show for you!

Buy the Sports Nutrition PowerPoint program today!

Top Nutrition PowerPoint #2: Heart-Healthy Cooking

We’re especially proud of this one. With gorgeous photos, simple recipes, and clever strategies, this show offers a wide variety of ways to cook  and eat healthfully. Yes, this program is chock-full of great advice, from ways to make small substitutions and use smart preparation methods to a guide to exactly which foods promote heart health.

One of the most popular aspects of this show are the meal makeovers. For a makeover, we apply the key lessons from the show to typical foods that people cook or order. The results are engaging, creative, and surprising. These makeovers feature before and after photos, along with an outline of the nutrition outcomes of these strategies. Participants can find ways to save 25-50% on calories, fat, and sodium when they employ these strategies.

The heart-healthy cooking presentation also features a sample menu and shopping list.

All this is above and beyond the key cooking facts and strategies featured in this show. The Heart-Healthy Cooking PowerPoint focuses on three different ways to reduce the “bad” fats that can do so much damage to your heart and arteries. It also explains how to reduce sugar and sodium in ways that don’t compromise the flavor or texture of a dish. These modifications are so easy and tasty that no one will ever know that a modified recipe is actually healthful!

Pick up your copy of the Heart-Healthy Cooking PowerPoint presentation today!

Top Nutrition PowerPoint #1: Nutrition Bootcamp

Nutrition Bootcamp PowerPointSo which PowerPoint is the fairest of them all?

The Nutrition Bootcamp! The most popular presentation in the store, the Nutrition Bootcamp PowerPoint takes a comprehensive look at the nuts and bolts of nutrition.

This bootcamp has it all, with 125 slides that are chock-full of the latest scientific information and research. There are detailed speaker’s notes and additional handouts that accompany the presentation, which makes the whole thing much less daunting.

This presentation has 11 sections, including…

  • Nutrition Introduction: What Nourishes You?
  • Carbohydrates: Which Are Healthful?
  • Fats: When and Why?
  • Protein: Variety is the Spice of Life
  • Vitamins and Minerals: The Basics
  • Converting Food to Energy: How Does It Work?
  • Assessing the State of America’s Plate
  • MyPlate and the USDA Dietary Guidelines
  • Food Labels and Health Claims
  • Beverages: Which Aren’t Healthful?
  • Newtrients and Trends

These sections are full of great photos, illustrations, charts, graphs, and infographics. There are fun quizzes and interesting facts. Plus, the show features plenty of great tips and tricks for a healthful lifestyle. What more could any nutrition educator want?

Get the Nutrition Bootcamp PowerPoint today!

Bootcamps and PowerPoints: Health Education for Women

I love helping health educators work.

Last week, Michelle Ernaga, MPH, RD, ordered 3 PowerPoint presentations for her students.

She bought…

Why these three?

Well, Michelle teaches health classes for women at local churches and in school health programs. Each of these PowerPoints speaks to key women’s health issues, and since each presentation comes with free additional health education materials, Michelle could save time by simply downloading what she needed without having to deal with researching the latest science, formatting the slides, creating graphics, or any other headaches. All the work was already done for her, thanks to our team of experts.

But why put together health classes especially for women? Well, according to
Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, 13.7% of adult women in the United States are only in fair or even poor health. Moreover, 32.8% of American women have hypertension, 35.9% are obese, and 17.3% smoke cigarettes (source). Millions of women in American are underserved when it comes to health, and many more don’t have access to the information that could help them improve their health. Michelle is doing her best to change that, setting up classes that cover key topics in women’s health: breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart health.

According to the National Library of Medicine, “Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives.” In fact, not counting certain skin cancers and lung cancers, it is the most common cancer in women, no matter what their race or ethnicity. In 2009 — the most recent year that comprehensive data was available at the time of this show’s publication – 211,731 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 women in the United States died from it (source).

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. In fact, the CDC asserts that 1 in 4 American women will die of heart disease.

Last but not least, let’s turn to osteoporosis. The National Library of Medicine maintains, “Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.” Furthermore, according to the National Institutes of Health, “In the United States, more than 40 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass, placing them at risk for more serious bone loss and fractures. Although osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is most common among older people, especially older women.”

I was impressed by Michelle’s goals and her commitment to teaching these key health lessons… so I threw in two more health presentations for free.

I added…

I chose those two in order to round out the presentations that Michelle had already planned. The Diet and Breast Cancer PowerPoint presentation was a great resource for adding more information to the Women’s Health Bootcamp. With it, Michelle could lead her participants into a more detailed discussion about the link between what they eat and their risk of breast cancer.

The Women and Heart Disease PowerPoint presentation adds another level to the Diet and Heart Disease PowerPoint presentation that Michelle had already purchased. By using this show too, Michelle can address the specific heart health issues that are most important to women.

Michelle was thrilled with the additions, and wowed by the shows she’d purchased. She wrote to me to say that there is no other company like Food and Health Communications. She ended her email with “I am most appreciative of your generosity and your professionalism.”

What praise!

It is such a treat to put together the best nutrition and health education resources in the business, and I love the opportunities that I get to really help the people who are making such a difference in so many lives.

To continue the tradition, I’ve uploaded a free handout to this very post. Get your copy of the free Women’s Heart Health handout today!

Women Heart Health

 

I’m proud of the many and varied nutrition education materials in the Nutrition Education Store. Some of the most popular resources include…

MyPlate for Kids Poster

Case of 12 Home Run Cooking Books

Nutrition Tree Poster

By Judy Doherty, PC II and Founder of Food and Health Communications, Inc

PS Michelle is going to work on men’s health next and will be ordering the Men’s Health Bootcamp in the fall. What are you preparing for?