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  • 30 Apr 2018 3:56 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Stroke signs and symptoms can affect different parts of the body. You may not know how to recognize signs and symptoms of a stroke if you or someone else had any.  Most signs and symptoms of stroke are unsettling enough that they would be hard to ignore. Whether you are at work, at a family or social gathering, or even in a public setting, you could save someone's life if you recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke.

    You can use the letters in "FAST" to spot stroke signs:


    ANYONE CAN HAVE a stroke. EVERYONE SHOULD BE READY.

    1

    Sometimes other symptoms appear, separately, in combination or with F.A.S.T. signs.


    1.  Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.

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    2.  Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg. Especially on one side of the body.

    03

    3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or Both eyes.

    04

    4.  Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

    05

    5.  Sudden severe headache with no known cause.


    If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services immediately.


    For more information, go to www.strokeassociation.org.


  • 30 Apr 2018 3:38 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Congratulations to FWC member, Rebecca Fyfe of Landmark Pest Management for being named the US SBA's 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year.  Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration today recognized and awarded Rebecca at this year’s ceremony and reception at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

    Read the full press release here:  

    https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2018/04/30/landmark-pest-found-being-environmental-friendly.html



  • 03 Apr 2018 10:53 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The numbers are staggering and we all must take a stand to support the victims and change this culture!

    Sexual Assault in the United States

    • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (a)
    • In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (o)
    • 51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance (a)
    • 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger (a)
    • Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (o)
    • 91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are male (m)
    • In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator (j)
    • Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work (c)

    Child Sexual Abuse

    • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old (d)
    • 30% of women were between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time of their first completed rape (a)
    • 12.3% of women were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization (a)
    • 27.8% of men were age 10 or younger at the time of their first completed rape victimization (a)
    • More than one third of women who report being raped before age 18 also experience rape as an adult (a)
    • 96% of people who sexually abuse children are male, and 76.8% of people who sexually abuse children are adults (l)
    • 34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members of the child (l)
    • It is estimated that 325,000 children per year are currently at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation (k)
    • The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14 years old, and the average age at which boys first become victims of prostitution is 11-13 years old (k)
    • Only 12% of child sexual abuse is ever reported to the authorities (f)

    Campus Sexual Assault

    • 20% - 25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex during their time in college (b)
    • A 2002 study revealed that 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes (h)
    • More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault (b)
    • 27% of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact (e)
    • Nearly two thirds of college students experience sexual harassment (p)

    Crime Reports

    • Rape is the most under-reported crime; 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police (m)
    • The prevalence of false reporting is low between 2% and 10%. For example, a study of eight U.S. communities, which included 2,059 cases of sexual assault, found a 7.1% rate of false reports (i). A study of 136 sexual assault cases in Boston found a 5.9% rate of false reports (h). Researchers studied 812 reports of sexual assault from 2000-2003 and found a 2.1% rate of false reports (g).

    References

    (a) Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S .G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., Stevens, M. R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 summary report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

    (b) Cullen, F., Fisher, B., & Turner, M., The sexual victimization of college women (NCJ 182369). (2000). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf

    (c) Duhart, D. (2001). Violence in the Workplace, 1993-99. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Available at https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/vw99.pdf

    (d) Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I. A., & Smith, C. (1990). Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: Prevalence, characteristics and risk factors. Child Abuse & Neglect 14, 19-28. doi:10.1016/0145-2134(90)90077-7

    (e) Gross, A. M., Winslett, A., Roberts, M., & Gohm, C. L. (2006). An Examination of Sexual Violence Against College Women. Violence Against Women, 12, 288-300. doi: 10.1177/1077801205277358

    (f) Hanson, R. F., Resnick, H. S., Saunders, B. E., Kilpatrick, D. G., & Best, C. (1999). Factors related to the reporting of childhood rape. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23(6), 559–569.

    (g) Heenan, M., & Murray, S. (2006). Study of reported rapes in Victoria 2000-2003: Summary research report. Retrieved from the State of Victoria (Australia), Department of Human Services: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/igzd08ddxtpwz.pdf

    (h) Lisak, D., Gardinier, L., Nicksa, S. C., & Cote, A. M. (2010). False allegations of sexual assault: An analysis of ten years of reported cases. Violence Against Women, 16, 1318-1334. doi:10.1177/1077801210387747

    (i) Lonsway, K. A., Archambault, J., & Lisak, D. (2009). False reports: Moving beyond the issue to successfully investigate and prosecute non-stranger sexual assault. The Voice, 3(1), 1-11. Retrieved from the National District Attorneys Association: http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/the_voice_vol_3_no_1_2009.pdf

    (j) Miller, T. R., Cohen, M. A., & Wiersema, B. (1996). Victim costs and consequences: A new look (NCJ 155282). Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/victcost.pdf

    (k) National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (2012). National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children. Retrieved from http://www.preventtogether.org/Resources/Documents/NationalPlan2012FINAL.pdf

    (l) National Sexual Violence Resource Center. (2011). Child sexual abuse prevention: Overview. Retrieved from http://www.nsvrc.org/sites/default/files/Publications_NSVRC_Overview_Child-sexual-abuse-prevention_0.pdf

    (m) Rennison, C. M. (2002). Rape and sexual assault: Reporting to police and medical attention, 1992-2000 [NCJ 194530]. Retrieved from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsarp00.pdf

    (n) Peterson, C., DeGue, S., Florence, C., & Lokey, C. N. (2017). Lifetime economic burden of rape among U.S. adults. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Advanced online publication. doi:10.1016/j. amepre.2016.11.014

    (o) Smith, S. G., Chen, J., Basile, K. C., Gilbert, L. K., Merrick, M. T., Patel, N., … Jain, A. (2017). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 state report. Retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVS-StateReportBook.pdf

    (p) Hill, C., & Silva, E. (2005). Drawing the line: Sexual harassment on campus. Retrieved from the American Association of University Women: http://www.aauw.org/files/2013/02/drawing-the-line-sexual-harassment-on-campus.pdf


  • 05 Mar 2018 4:39 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Help us make this an Awards Event to remember.

    Nominations are open for you to nominate your industry colleague(s) you feel are deserving of recognition.

    Fill out the form below or download a nomination form here and return it
    to the FWC office by fax (773) 853-2042 or e-mail (fwcchicago@aol.com)
    on or before March 30th.

    As our way of saying thank you, one lucky participant will be chosen by random draw for one free event ticket to WomenRock on June 7th at Canivale (a $199 value)!

     

    Questions?  Call FWC at (312) 360-1122.


  • 28 Feb 2018 12:34 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    About Women's History Month

    Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

    In addition to paying homage to all the women who have made significant contributions to our history, FWC will celebrate Women in Construction Week, March 4-10, 2018, a time when we will take our hardhats off to all our wonderful entrepreneurial women in construction.

  • 05 Feb 2018 2:55 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    February is Heart Health Month

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable.  Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH.  Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.

    How can YOU make a difference during Heart Health Month

    • Wear red on National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2nd to increase awareness of heart disease.  Then share a photo of you and your friends in your best red gear on social media with the hashtag #theheartfoundation.
    • Like The Heart Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitterand SHARE the postings with your friends and read our  blog at: https://www.theheartfoundation.org/blog/
    • Register for our upcoming indoor cycle fundraising event (more details to follow soon).
    • Educate yourself.
    • Donate to The Heart Foundation and help support heart research.

    I-heart-my-heart


  • 17 Jan 2018 10:49 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood and platelet donations during National Blood Donor Month

    January 8, 2018

     

    This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 

     

    Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. 

     

    “Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  

     

    While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.

     

    While all blood types are urgently needed, there is a more critical need for the following blood and donation types right now: 

    • Platelets: The clotting portion of blood primarily given to cancer patients during treatment and always in great demand.
    • Type O negative: The blood type that can be transfused to almost everyone and is what doctors reach for in trauma situations. 
    • Type B negative: The blood type that can be transfused to type B Rh-positive and negative patients. 
    • Type AB: The plasma type that can be transfused to almost everyone and can be donated through a platelet or plasma donation, where available, or during a regular blood donation. 

     

    How to help

    Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

     

    Who blood donations help

    Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – a need that is all too real for Heather Hrouda and her family. Hrouda was 25 weeks pregnant with her fourth child when she began bleeding. An emergency cesarean section was performed, but Hrouda hemorrhaged during surgery. She received 14 units of blood and seven units of plasma before she and her newborn son, Rusher, were flown to a nearby hospital. There, she received additional transfusions, and Rusher was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit, where he also received a blood transfusion to increase his red blood cell count.

     

    “My family and I are so thankful for all the blood donors,” said Hrouda. “It is safe to say that without their time and donations, Rusher and I would not be here today. Because of donors, I get to watch my kids grow up and become the adults they dream of being.” 

     

    The Hroudas are just two examples of the many patients who depend on blood and platelet donors. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all require blood to save their lives. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. 

     

    About the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross


  • 09 Nov 2017 10:06 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    ·         November is National Diabetes Month! Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day. You are the most important member of your diabetes care team, and you don’t have to manage your diabetes alone. Seek support from health professionals, your family, friends, and community to help you manage your diabetes. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/managing-diabetes/4-steps

    ·         You are the center of your diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, remember to seek help from your diabetes care team, including friends and loved ones. Learn more in the video below! https://youtu.be/c-qACs54SO0 

  • 27 Oct 2017 8:38 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    At FWC's Annual Meeting on October 26, 2017, the membership elected their Officers and Board of Directors for the 2018 term:

    • Julie Savitt, President
    • Kay Anagnos, Vice President
    • Kendra Dinkins, Treasurer
    • Kristin Evers, Director
    Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to another great year!
  • 02 Oct 2017 9:10 AM | Beth Doria (Administrator)
    • DID YOU KNOW?

      In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

      •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer
      •  40,610 breast cancer deaths

      What Is Breast Cancer?

      Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.

      Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.

      Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.

      Invasive breast cancer that spreads to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.  

      Learn more about breast cancer.

      Learn more about DCIS.

      Learn more about invasive breast cancer.

      Learn more about metastatic breast cancer.

      Warning Signs

      The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women.

      The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

      Learn more about the warning signs of breast cancer.

      Other Breast Conditions

      Other conditions and benign (not cancer) changes can occur in the breast.

      Some increase the risk of breast cancer and others do not. 

      Learn about lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

      Learn about benign breast conditions

      *American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.

    Updated 03/28/17


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