Parenting

LAST Free Health Fair of 2015!

LAST Free Health Fair of 2015!

All About Women’s final health fair of 2015 is October 10, 9am-2pm, at Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church. This particular event, “Pampering with a Purpose,” is part of the Worship in Pink event happening that weekend. Scroll down for a complete list of FREE services and a schedule of special speakers. As always, this event is completely free and includes lunch! 

 

FREE SERVICE PROVIDERS:

Alive Hospice (living wills)
Amerigroup
Bernard Health
BlueCare of Tennessee
Davidson County Sheriff’s Department (child fingerprinting)
Face Painting
Jen Mulford Clean Eating (BMI checks and clean eating info)
Hope Clinic for Women
Legal Aid Society
Goodlettsville Library
Metro Public Health Department – Family Planning
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Debunking Your Seat Belt Excuses

Debunking Your Seat Belt Excuses

By Amanda Brown

Wearing a seat belt seems like an obvious thing to do, right? Well, for nearly 14% of Tennesseans, it isn’t a habit. In an observational study commissioned by our office and performed by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research, only 86.2% of drivers in our state buckle up. I’d like to debunk a few of the myths and argue some of the seat belt criticisms I hear each day.

The first one I hear frequently is “I have an air bag.” Air bags are not a substitute for seat belts. Most air bags will not be beneficial […] Read More

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

Stillness: Life After a Miscarriage

by Amy Green

It is my story, it may be your story, it is the story of some of my friends, and strangers I have yet to know. An undeniable and powerful common thread throughout history for women is the ability to become a mother. The journey to motherhood is where our differences begin, honoring and respecting each other, as we etch our unique story into our lives.
At a loss for words.  Silence.  Stillness.
These are some of the words that begin to describe the start of one of the most powerful and meaningful moments of my life. The doctor confirmed that […] Read More

The HPV Vaccine:  A valuable immunization

The HPV Vaccine: A valuable immunization

by Anne Moore, DNP, APN, FAANP

We now know that infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes almost all cases (99%) of cervical cancer. Fortunately, there is a primary prevention option available to fight this disease…the HPV vaccine. Two FDA approved vaccines are available in the U.S. targeting the most common strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer.

The CDC estimates that approximately 27,000 cancers (including the cervix, vagina, and vulva) are related to HPV each year. Unfortunately, many women are reluctant to get the vaccine or are unaware of its availability. There has been some negative and false information […] Read More

Career/Family Balance

Career/Family Balance

by Libby Krause

As I prepared for the birth of my first child in 2010, I had big plans for being a work-at-home mom.  I started a business in 2009 and had a grand vision of caring for my daughter full-time while also working full-time.  Within three months of her birth, I faced the humbling truth that despite my determination to do it all, I could not.  I have spent much of the nearly four years since learning to find balance between my career and my family because although I cannot do it all, I greatly value both facets of my […] Read More

You actually can pick your family

You actually can pick your family

By Ellen Margulies

Emma and Maggie are BFFs who go back to high school days. When Maggie had marital troubles during her third trimester and kicked the bum out, Emma quit her high-powered job in China and moved back to the states and into Maggie’s house, where she will help raise the baby.

The girls are tight; they’re a family. And they’re at the center of a great new show on the USA network called “Playing House.” I encourage you to watch it when the next season rolls around because, honestly, it’s just a really funny, well-written, well-acted show. […] Read More

Carlos, Bruce Lee, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Carlos, Bruce Lee, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

by A. Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., BCBA

I met Carlos* for the first time during lunch at his high school. He approached directly, introduced himself, and asked what I brought to eat. This sounds like standard introductory behavior, right? Here is why it was not.

Carlos walks quite fast – almost runs, and he leans forward as he walks in a way that makes you think he is going to topple right over. Instead of slowing down as he approached my personal space, he barged right in and only stopped a few inches from my face. He grabbed my hand, shook it quickly, […] Read More

Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

by Amy Moseley
What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects 1 in 66 children and 1 in 42 boys.  While the focus is often on children with ASD, it affects individuals across their lifespan. ASD is a “spectrum disorder.” That means ASD affects each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. ASD can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
Common Myths and Misconceptions
As a mom, there are many misconceptions about my child that I encounter on a regular basis. Some of the ones that I hear most often are:

People with ASD don’t […] Read More

Get Outdoors and Start Moving

Get Outdoors and Start Moving

By Pam Coyle
I sit too much. I blame work and Netflix.
Sitting too much has some serious consequences, as researchers have discovered. People who sit for long periods – whether in front of the television, computer or steering wheel – significantly increase their health risks.

Stepping outside is one of the easiest ways to introduce more movement. Gardening, a walk to the corner store, a stroll around the block with the dog, a game of catch in the park – such moments improve circulation and thinking. They can be the foundation for lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

How about dancing – or at least […] Read More

Home safety is no accident

Home safety is no accident

By Ellen Margulies

There are certain situations you know to be unsafe: Having access to an ex-boyfriend’s number after a few glasses of wine. Grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Bcc’ing anyone on any email, ever.

But then there are those situations where you might find yourself having to be the savior. Would you know what to do if someone were choking? Would you recognize a child drowning (hint: This doesn’t resemble anything you’ve seen in cartoons). If a tornado devastated your community, would your family have an emergency plan?

These are unpleasant things to think about. They’re also necessary things to think […] Read More