Health & Nurturing
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
by Sandy Lauzon
SWMH Foundation Offers
Certified Babysitting Class
The biggest event in the springtime for Bounia
Saturday, May 5. Girls and
was visiting the cemetery on Memorial Day.
boys 11-15 years of age
Her youngest son, my uncle Billie was killed
interested in babysitting will
on Okinawa early in World War II. He had just
learn CPR, first aid, infec-
turned 19 years old. Her husband was also de-
tion control, diapering and
ceased by the time I was three years old. I never
feeding skills, and more at
knew either one of these men very well, but
a certified babysitting class,
Bounia loved them both.
to be held on Saturday, May
As soon as the first geranium plant perked up in
5th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
the back kitchen, preparations began. Now this
in the Southwest Memorial
involved my mother who was able to drive a
Hospital cafeteria. Cost for
car. My brother and I were tossed in the back
the class is a $25 donation to
the hospital foundation. Call
of the old Chevy
564-2243 to register.
which my father
`Lunch & Learn'
the floor of the
Healthy Digestion and Colon
back seat were
the two large
Dr. Jill Schenk will pres-
ent Healthy Digestion and
and an American
Colon Cancer Prevention,
flag to place on
a "Lunch & Learn" ses-
the graves. The
sion, on Tuesday, May 8th
trunk of the car
from 12:15-1p. at Southwest
contained a lawn
Memorial Physicians (the
hospital Annex building),
can, rake and other gardening implements.
at 20 South Market Street in
The car ride always was an adventure. Bounia
Cortez. Bring your lunch to
rode shotgun and instructed Mom all the way
this free, informative lecture.
- where to turn - if another car was approach-
Beverages and dessert pro-
ing - don't turn to quick and spill the geraniums
vided. Call 970.565.4291 with
- hurry - slow down - and on and on.
Once we arrived at the cemetery, the ceremony
of cleaning the grave site began. First the plot
Women's Health Week
families, putting the needs of their spouses, part-
was weeded and mowed. Then Bounia gently
ners, children, and parents before their own. As
The 13th annual National Women's Health Week
washed down the markers and placed the flag
a result, women's health and well-being becomes
kicks off on Mother's Day, May 13, 2012 and is cel-
on Uncle Billie's plot. The geraniums were
secondary. As a community, we have a responsi-
ebrated until May 19. National Women's Checkup
planted and prayers were recited. Bounia kissed
bility to support the important women we know
Day is Monday, May 14.
both markers and then everything and every-
and do everything we can to help them take steps
National Women's Health Week is a weeklong
one was loaded back into the car for the ride
for longer, healthier, and happier lives.
health observance coordinated by the U.S. Depart-
home. It never seemed to me to be a sad event,
Women can easily take charge of their health,
ment of Health and Human Services' Office on
just what you did every Memorial Day.
thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a landmark
Women's Health. It brings together communities,
We always got back to town in time for the
health care reform law enacted in 2010. This law
businesses, government, health organizations,
parade down Main Street. That's when Bou-
gives Americans greater choice and better control
and other groups in an effort to promote women's
nia cried. The Drum and Bugle corps and the
over their own health care and includes changes
health. The theme for 2012 is "It's Your Time." Na-
troops marching sent her into a state of despair.
that are especially meaningful to women and their
tional Women's Health Week empowers women to
I could not understand some of the words she
families. For instance, new plans cover vital pre-
make their health a top priority. It also encourages
sobbed out in Ukrainian, but my Aunt would
ventive services, including mammograms, colon
women to take the following steps to improve their
hold her and get out the hanky, lots of hankies.
cancer screenings, and well-woman visits with
physical and mental health and lower their risks of
Once Aunt Anne got Bounia settled down, it
no out-of-pocket costs. It also ensures women can
was back to the house for an old fashioned
see an OB-GYN without a referral. To learn more
- Visit a health care professional to receive regular
backyard cookout. Uncle Micky had the grill
about the law and your health insurance options,
checkups and preventive screenings.
fired up and hotdogs and burgers soon were
- Get active.
ready to enjoy. There was potato salad and
The nationwide observance is celebrated across
- Eat healthy.
green salad with homemade dressing. Potato
America in communities, neighborhoods, towns,
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting
chips were allowed on this special occasion,
cities, counties, hospitals, health centers, busi-
enough sleep and managing stress.
Root beer and some delicious cake.
nesses, schools, places of worship, recreation
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking
Then the music fest began. My dad played the
centers, and online. Anyone who wants to promote
and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
violin, Uncle Willie played the harmonica and
women's health can celebrate. Organizations large
Why celebrate National Women's Health Week?
everyone else danced to the music. The younger
and small hold events, such as free screenings and
We all have a role to play in women's health.
cousins just hopped around, but Bounia held
health fairs, give out educational materials, issue
Women often serve as caregivers for their
and danced with each one in turn from the
youngest up to me. She loved the polka best
media outreach, spread
and the folk dances from the "Old Country". I
the word through social
never saw her dance a foxtrot.
media, and more.
I often wonder how much her simple ways
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have influenced my life.
Stress and depression are conditions that phar-
maceutical companies and advertisers make
bank on in so many situations. So many people
try to medicate themselves into a state of numb-
ness, `if I don't feel it, I must be okay'.
"Doctor, I've had
Bounia cried when she was sad, laughed when
problems with silent
she was happy, danced for fun and exercise,
gas emissions. At home,
cooked, cleaned, gardened, and was a faithful
work, or at church, I
member of her church.
get lots of silent gas
She had family and friends around her and time
emissions. As a matter
for peaceful meditation. It was a delight to be in
of fact, I've had three
while sitting here talk-
How do I celebrate life events? What am I
ing to you. What are we
teaching those in my life with the choices I
going to do?"
make? How can I improve?
"The first thing we're
(Sandy Lauzon is a Shaklee Distributor located
going to do is check
at 200 4th St, in Dolores. 970.759.9740)