January 2014
Year in Review 
 
null Walt Disney said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." Looking forward to 2014, this seems to be a perfect motto for our coalition. For a quick glance at what we accomplished in 2013, please click here. We hope you'll join us in acting on our dreams in the new year! 
Online Course  
How to Use Roots of Health Inequity
Roots of Health Inequity is an online learning collaborative and web-based course designed for the public health workforce.  We encourage you to watch the video and join the NACCHO Roots of Health Inequity Learning Collaborative. 
Webinars  

We had a great series of webinars this fall on a variety of exciting topics.  If you didn't get a chance to tune in, it isn't too late! Just click the links below to view the presentations. 

 

Addressing Racism's Impact on Women's and Infant's Health: Lessons Learned from the Racial Healing Projects in Tennessee   

October 30, 2013

                             

Connecting Women with Health Care in the South: Overcoming Challenges & Leading the Way 

November 19, 2013

 

Closing the Black/White Gap in Infant Mortality: Ideas, Successes and Lessons Learned from the Wisconsin Life Course Initiative 

December 4, 2013

 

Ideas Welcome!  

What topics would you like to learn more about this coming year?   

Send us your webinar topic ideas as we plan for our 2014 series. 

Poetry Corner: 

Work as Blessing 
by John O'Donohue, excerpt from To Bless the Space Between Us

May your work excite your heart,

Kindle in your mind a creativity

To journey beyond the old limits

Of all that has become wearisome.

 

May this work challenge you toward

New frontiers that will emerge

As you begin to approach them,

Calling forth from you the full force

And depth of your undiscovered gifts.

 

May the work fit the rhythms of your soul,

Enabling you to draw from the invisible

New ideas and a vision that will inspire.

 

Remember to be kind

To those who work with you,

Endeavor to remain aware

Of the quiet world

That lives behind each face.

 

Be fair in your expectations,

Compassionate in your criticism.

May you have the grace of encouragement

To awaken the gift in the other's heart,

Building in them the confidence

To follow the call of the gift.

 

May you come to know that work

Which emerges from the mind of love

Will have beauty and form.

 

May this work be worthy

Of the energy of your heart

And the light of your thought.

 

May your work assume a proper space in your life;

Instead of owning or using you,

May it challenge and refine you,

Bringing you every day further

Into the wonder of your heart.

Happy New Year! 

Making Realistic Resolutions

 
Welcome to 2014! It is going to be a wonderful year. Along with a sense of hope and energy, the New Year tends to bring a desire for fresh starts and a healthier lifestyle. But, the sometimes lofty resolutions of early January start to wane by the end of the month. Change is hard! The American Psychological Association suggests setting small goals, focusing on one behavior change at a time, joining support groups and not being too self-critical  when making your new year's resolutions.

Beliefnet has some good ideas for making realistic resolutions. Their tips include: Don't do it all in January; Write your resolutions down; Think about last year; Get help from your Friends; Identify time wasters; and remember that sometimes a year isn't enough!

Some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions are losing weight, increasing physical activity, eating healthier food, and managing stress. These resolutions mirror the feedback given by the respondents from the Women's Voices Survey. In this issue, we are sharing some useful resources that will help towards planning achievable healthy behaviors for the new year.  
Getting Things Done in 2014!

 

David Allen has helped high power executives, movie stars, and lots of "regular" people like us decrease stress and increase productivity. While no method is perfect for everyone, this approach has been tested for 30 years and seems to help a lot of people.

EWSE doesn't endorse products or books, but this approach may be something to put in your 2014 tool kit. To access free online resources and read about his Getting Things Done books, click here.
Is Email Running Your Life?  

Email has made many things much easier.
It has also become a double-edged sword, with a constant barrage of messages and expectations for immediate responses. Some days email can push even the bravest soul to dream about tossing their computer out the window!

The Mind Tools website offers lots of tips for professionals. One section of their website focuses on time management, including strategies for taming that inbox.

Need more? Here are some additional email tips.
Exercise and Nutrition 
 
Did you know that 150 minutes of physical activity every week is recommended for adults? Brisk walking for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, 5 days a week will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. 

Nutrition.gov has a resource list  for women of all ages, including meal planning, special health concerns for women, and what to eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  But, before starting a physical activity routine and/or nutrition regime, it's best to talk with your health care provider. 

Don't Forget to Check Out Our Blog! 

   

This month Jessica Hardy, Director of the Office of Women's Health at the Alabama Department of Public Health, and Caroline Brazeel, Health Promotion Director for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, have contributed their reflections on 2013 and the work that lies ahead.  Click here to read their posts.

Women's Voices Executive Summary

Didn't get a chance to review the results of the Southeastern Women's Voices Survey? Please click here to read it now. Thanks to the help from women all over the region, we had over 1,950 completed surveys!

Tell Us What YOU Think!  

   

What works for you?  How do you stay organized, reduce stress, and stay healthy?  We'd love to share any resources - books, websites, apps, etc - that you find useful! 

 

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