More so than in any other time, women make a significant contribution to American society. According to American Progress, in 2013, women make up almost half the American workforce and their financial contribution is important to their households. Essentially, the health and well-being - and economic security - of the community depends on women. The health and viability of Victoria County depends on the personal well-being of the women in this community as well. Because we understand the importance of women in Victoria County, fitVIC is dedicated to providing the women of Victoria County with the keys to staying healthy ::
- Manage stress.
- Know your numbers. Make sure you always know your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers.
- Get mammograms.
- Eat foods that provide you with calcium and iron. both are important for the health of women.
- Manage body composition. Body composition refers to refers to carrying too much fat in comparison to lean muscle. Managing body composition is important for all because it helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, but it is particularly important for women. Hormone balance can be affected by unhealthy body composition, because estrogen can be produced in fat tissue. An increase in fat-to-muscle mass could therefore lead to an imbalance in estrogen. Estrogen imbalance has been associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), uterine fibroid tumors, fibrocystic or painful breasts, cervical dysplasia, endometriosis, systemic lupus erythematosis, and breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.
Mother Friendly Worksite
A Mother-Friendly Worksite is a business, who supports its employees who would like to continue to breastfeed their infants, after returning back to work.
A business can become “designated” as a “Mother Friendly Worksite”, by the Department of State Health Services, once they create and implement a Mother-Friendly policy. This policy will outline how it will provide a private space, flexible scheduling for break time, and other basic support, so that mothers may express and store breastmilk for their babies.
Texas Ten Step
Developed by the Texas Hospital Association (THA} and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS}, requires breastfeeding training for all facility staff and outlines specific steps to ensure breastfeeding support. The Texas Medical Association endorses the Texas Ten Step Program as a method to improve maternity care practices surrounding breastfeeding and as a springboard to becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital.