News For 2016


105th Anniversary of International Women's Day:

Plans are underway for the program on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, when we will celebrate the 105th anniversary of International Women's Day at Liberty Plaza, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta!

If really bad weather is forecast, we will move to a nearby building.

Troupe of Folk Singers from China, The Voice of Yunnan, will be in the United States March 11-14, and they offered to perform for us as a continuation of the International Women's Day celebration on Saturday, March 12, in Carrollton! More details coming when they have been confirmed!



The Silent Epidemic: Osteoporosis

OPPORTUNITY: WIN has developed a program entitled “Lunch with a Doctor.” It is a two hour workshop providing information and screening for osteoporosis for women ages 50-75. We are looking for partner organizations as sites for the program. Details about osteoporosis are listed below the program outline. If interested in partnering or more information, please call our President, Sharon Baker, or e-mail for details. baker8483@comcast.net or 706-506-2000.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

”Lunch with a Doctor”
Date: TBA
Site: TBA

  • Registration, Bone Screening, Lunch
  • Welcome and Announcements: Site Partner
  • Osteoporosis: Definition & Impact
  • Sharon Baker, BSN, MN, CWHNP
  • WIN President and Founder
  • Risk Factors and Screening Recommendations
  • Physician Speaker TBA
  • Treatment Options and Healthy Osteoporosis Lifestyles
  • Physician Speaker TBA
  • Fall & Fracture Prevention Strategies
  • Sharon Baker
  • Question & Answer Session
  • All Speakers & Audience

Definition: Osteoporosis is defined as a skeletal disorder characterized by reduced bone strength, predisposing a person to increased risk of fracture. It is the most common bone disease.

Incidence/Impact: The number of osteoporosis fractures is greater than the combined incidence of heart attacks, stroke and breast cancer combined. Fractures due to osteoporosis are most commonly in the spine, wrist and hip. Hip fractures are the most serious and there are 300,000 hip fractures each year in the U.S. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.

Prevalence: Ten million Americans have osteoporosis & an additional 34 million have low bone mass which puts them at risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures. Annually the disease is responsible for more than 2 million fractures, a number which is expected to increase to more than 3 million by 2025

Symptoms: Osteoporosis is called a "silent" disease because it has no symptoms. The first indication one has the disease is usually a fracture. Women are inadequately informed about the risk of osteoporosis, and are frequently not screened--even after a fracture has occurred. Fracture care in the state of Georgia is costing approximately $1 million per day--not including the personal and family pain, suffering and time from work.

Current Recommendations: The World Health Organization Recommendation: All women over 65 and all men over 70 should be screened. Methods of diagnosis and treatment for osteoporosis are currently available, but underutilized. The Surgeon General has called for application of existing knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat osteoporosis.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • To offer an osteoporosis educational and screening program entitled "Lunch with a Doctor.”
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to ask professionals questions about osteoporosis.
  • To provide every individual a t-score, and booklet describing their score and resources for diagnostic testing and follow up.
  • To empower women to take ask about bone screening and to start a dialogue with their own health professional about their risk for osteoporosis.