Good health sometimes starts with gaining knowledge and asking a lot of questions. A group of four enthusiastic volunteers from the George Washington University School of Nursing are helping women increase their health knowledge in the new “Your Health” class that started this week. Over the next several weeks, women will learn about topics including diabetes, menopause, dental hygiene, podiatry and breast care.
The first “Your Health” class offered women a lesson on anatomy. Nursing students pointed out various organs in the body and their vital functions. One woman who attended the class said she was surprised to learn the location of the gall bladder (under the liver), and said she plans on going to the class next week to pick up other interesting facts. She also spoke about the importance of drinking plenty of water to help regulate bodily functions.
Women are not just learning more about common diseases and how to better manage their personal health; they are also increasing their comfort level with asking questions that could be helpful during visits to the doctor’s office.
Classes on women’s health issues and wellness topics have always been a core component of the Life Skills, Education and Arts Program (LEAP). “Your Health” follows up on the popular “Ask a Nurse” class that was offered at Calvary on a monthly basis. Over the last year women have also been enjoying Nutrition Education Program classes that help guide them in making healthier decisions about what they eat.
Thank you to GWU School of Nursing students for teaching this week and helping women become more comfortable talking about their health!