Health and Wellness

The GFWC Health and Wellness Community Service Program is designed to inform members of issues that affect the well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing opportunities and resources to meet and address needs through volunteering. Through this program, clubs may develop and implement creative projects that promote a healthy lifestyle; increase awareness, prevention, research, and treatment of disease; target personal development; address the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and homelessness; and/or prevent or correct financial difficulties.

This Program educates members as to women's health-related issues through support of local and national programs such as Relay for LifeEaster Seals, and the Ronald McDonald House,  and Habitat for Humanity  The committee offers the opportunity for members to assist nursing homes and to assist local Social Servicesby donating food, participating in the Holiday Angel Program, and purchasing blankets for the homeless.  Financial issues such as securing personal identity and making wise choices for charitable donations are also a focus.

Activities for 2021 included:

  • Held a Medicare Counseling session, which included talks on fall prevention, edler abuse, caregiver training and support, diabetes education, and a Tai Chi class.
     

  • Club members collectively walked a total of 1240 miles, swam 580 laps, did 246 hours of water aerobics, gardened for 38 hours, exercised 350 hours at the gym, danced for 50 hours, and spent 80 hours house painting!
     

  • Nutrition articles were written for the monthly newsletters and included healthy recipes.
     

  • Bags with coloring books containing lessons on dental care were given to the local elementary school.
     

  • The health committee was responsible for making sure CDC guidelines were followed at group events.
     

  • brought Paint Stick Bingo to the local assisted living facility.
     

  • The group assembled Police Care Bags containing nutritious foods, bottled water, a canned protein product, protein bars, dried fruit, canned fruit, cheese crackers, spoons, hand wipes, etc. that could be given to citizens in need.
     

  • Members donated money and food to a local food bank.
     

  • Participated in a Walk for Alzheimer's.
     

  • Assembled fidget quilts for dementia patients.