During #WomensHistoryMonth , we acknowledge the strength, courage, beauty and exceptional talents of women. We informed the community about Chronic kidney disease (#CKD) that disproportionatley affects the female population, attended the #beexpophilly, and developed an employee #fitness and weight loss challenge.
CKD is a worldwide public health problem that affects approximately 195M women and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in women, with ~600K deaths each year. CKD is also considered a risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome and reduced fertility.
CKD causes include:
- detection is difficult because progression is slower in women compared to men
- psycho-socioeconomic barriers such as lower disease awareness lead to late or no start of dialysis among women
- uneven access to care and kidney transplantation is also unequally spread
Spectrum wanted to address issues of equitable healthcare access for women where it is currently lacking and increase awareness and education amongst the staff and community by facilitating women’s access to treatment and creating awareness towards better health outcomes.
At the Radio One BE Expo 2018, the hosts 100.3 WRNB, 107.9 WPPZ Praise Philly, and Boom Philly 103.9 WPHL,empowered, entertained, and educated the community with many major activities supporting women such as the Hip-Hop 45 panel featuring Roxanne Shante; The Moment vs. Movement panel on politics featuring Taryn Finley of Huffington Post and Philadelphia Councilwoman Hon. Blondell Reynolds Brown; Black Girl Magic navigating the workplace featuring rap star Remy Ma, K Foxx of WRNB, and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones of Google and WEEN; Reflections of Beauty and Health at 20, 30, 40 and Beyond panel featuring Cynthia Bailey of Real Housewives; The Black Love Experience panel featuring Philly’s own Kindred the Family Soul; Raising Kings about changing the image and expectations of men and boys of color through mentorship; High Heels and High Places which helped women who want to break through the glass ceiling of corporate America; as well as And I Danced, a film screening celebrating the dancers who birthed Hip Hop Culture featuring esteemed actress and choreographer Shane Johnson and rap-session moderated by Kimberly King of Scripps Networks Interactive.
To support overall health and wellness, Spectrum has been having an 10 week employee weight loss challenge during which participants are working to improve eating habits, move more, and lose weight. Some healthy lifestyle tips to incorporate into their daily routines and share with the community include swapping out soda and juice for water, upping our veggies, exercise 30-60 minutes for 5 days per week, cutting out fried and fast foods, eating leaner cuts of meat, and getting more sleep.
Contact https://rnbphilly.com for more the information on the Be Expo, and for more information on CKD and nutrition tips, contact our nutritionist CLiPuma@spectrumhs.org or call 215-471-2761.