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National Women's Health Information Center. 2011. Best bones forever. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health; Washington, DC: Ad Council,

Annotation: This national campaign is designed to heighten awareness among girls (ages 9-14) about bone health by focusing on friendship and encouraging girls to get active and eat more foods with calcium and vitamin D. The campaign comprises materials, separate websites for girls and parents, and new products for girls. Website content includes facts on osteoporosis, activities to do as a family, a photo gallery and message board, recipe ideas, and printed materials. Information and resources for the media, partners, and educators are also provided.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 712E, Washington, DC 20201, Telephone: (800) 690-7650 Fax: (202) 205-2631 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent females, Adolescent health promotion, Consumer education materials, Multimedia, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Physical activity, Public awareness campaigns, Web sites

U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2010. Women's health highlights: Recent findings. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 28 pp. (Program brief)

Annotation: This brief provides an overview of recent findings from a cross-section of Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-supported research projects on conditions especially important to women's health. Examples of topics included in the brief are cardiovascular disease, cancer screening and treatment, reproductive health, women and medications, and prevention. For each topic, facts are presented and then elaborated upon. The studies from which the facts are drawn are identified by author names, journal in which the study appears, and (in some cases) AHRQ grant or contract number.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ pub. no.10-P005.

Keywords: AIDS, Access to health care, Alternative medicine, Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Costs, Family planning, HIV, Homelessness, Hysterectomy, Osteoporosis, Pregnancy, Prevention, Reproductive health, Research, Screening, Treatment, Violence, Women', Working women, s health

Wood SF, Dor A, Gee RE, Harms A, Maurey DR, Rosenabum S, Tan E. 2009. Women's health and health care reform: The economic burden of disease in women. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and Jacob's Institute of Women's Health, 34 pp.

Annotation: This report identifies the prevalence, major health disparities, costs of care, and available preventive health care services in health care settings for women. The report outlines the economic underpinnings of disease and chronic conditions and the economic costs to the health care system and to the U.S. economy of chronic illness in women. The report presents the study methods and findings on chronic diseases and conditions as well as health behaviors and risks.

Contact: Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 2021 K Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006, Telephone: (202) 994-4184 Fax: (202) 994-4040 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: AIDS, Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Diabetes, HIV infection, Health behavior, Health care costs, Health services delivery, Mental health, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Prevention, Risk factors, Sexually transmitted diseases, Smoking, Women', s health

Jacobson MF. 2005. Liquid candy: How soft drinks are harming American's health (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 35 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses soft drink overconsumption in the United States, and the associated health consequences. The report, which contains an executive summary, discusses the nutritional impact of soft drink consumption, the health impact of soft drink consumption (including obesity, osteoporosis, tooth decay and erosion, heart disease, and kidney stones) the marketing of soft drinks, how citizens are combating the marketing and overconsumption of soft drinks, and recommendations for action. Statistical information is presented in figures and tables throughout the report. Endnotes are included.

Contact: Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1220 L Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 332-9110 Fax: (202) 265-4954 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Calories, Children, Dental caries, Health, Heart diseases, Kidney diseases, Marketing, Nutrition, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Parents

World Health Organization Study Group on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. 2003. Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases: Report of a Joint WHO/FAO expert group. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 149 pp. (WHO Technical report; no. 916)

Annotation: This report discusses preventing chronic diseases related to emerging "affluent" diets in developing countries and reducing the impact of these diseases in developed countries. It was produced by a WHO study group on diet, nutrition, and prevention of noncommunicable diseases meeting in Geneva January 28-Feburary 1, 2002. The report provides information on changes in patterns of disease in relation to changes in diet, the relationships between diet and chronic diseases, information on nutritional and dietary relationships to disease, nutrient goals, nutrition and food policies, experiences in promoting healthy diets in developed countries, food strategies in developing countries, and WHO recommendations. It ends with a list of references and six appendices on recommended dietary allowances, dietary guidelines for diabetes, safe food preparation, dietary recommendation in developed and developing countries, national recommendations, and nutritional approach to food labeling.

Contact: World Health Organization, 20, Avenue Appia, Geneva, Switzerland , Telephone: (+ 41 22) 791 21 11 Fax: (+ 41 22) 791 3111 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 92-4-120916-X.

Keywords: Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Developed countries, Developing countries, Diabetes, Diet, Dietary guidelines, Disease prevention, Health policy, Health promotion, Nutrition, Oral health, Osteoporosis, Recommended dietary allowances

Hankinson SE, Colditz GA, Manson JE, Speizer F, Manson JE, eds. 2001. Healthy women, healthy lives: A guide to preventing disease from the landmark Nurses' Health Study. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 546 pp.

Annotation: This book presents information from the Nurses' Health Study on a woman's probability of developing specific diseases and suggests how that probability may change with certain alterations in diet, weight control, physical activity, and other lifestyle changes. Part one discusses the Nurses' Health Study and what observations have been made by researchers and what they mean to the study of women's health issues. Part two provides information and suggestions on lowering the risk of diseases. Topics covered include coronary heart disease, different types of cancers, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma, arthritis, age-related eye disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The third part provides information on changing behaviors including physical activity, weight control, smoking, nutrients, foods, alcohol, vitamins and minerals, postmenopausal hormones, birth control, and pain relievers. The appendices give information on types of epidemiological studies; being an informed consumer of health information; and a section on tables on weight and nutrition. The book concludes with a glossary, selected readings, and an index.

Contact: Simon and Schuster, 1230 Avenue of the Americas , New York, NY 10020, Telephone: (212) 698-7000 Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-684-85519-4.

Keywords: Alcohols, Alzheimers disease, Analgesic drugs, Antiinflammatory drugs, Arthritis, Asthma, Breast cancer, Cancer, Colon cancer, Coronary care, Diabetes mellitus, Disease prevention, Eye diseases, Family planning, Food, Hormone replacement therapy, Life cycle, Lung cancer, Menopause, Minerals, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Ovarian cancer, Physical activity, Physical activity, Physical fitness, Reproductive health, Research programs, Skin cancers, Smoking, Strokes, Vitamins, Weight management, Women', Women', s health, s health promotion

Collins KS, Schoen C, Joseph S, Duchon L, Simantov E, Yellowitz, M. 1999. Health concerns across a woman's lifespan: The Commonwealth Fund 1998 survey of women's health. New York, NY: Commonwealth Fund, 63 pp. (Concise guides)

Annotation: This report highlights key findings of the 1998 Survey of Women's Health and serves as an update on women's health across the lifespan since a similar survey conducted in 1993. The survey consisted of telephone interviews with 2, 850 women and 1, 500 men on such topics as access to health care, health knowledge, health-related behaviors, and other health topics. Survey topics include preventive care; managed care; health awareness, behaviors, and physician counseling; violence and abuse; mental health; informal caregiving; and health and economic security, insurance status, and access to care for working women. The report is divided into several parts providing details in the overview and survey findings sections, with charts, tables, and methodology sections presenting statistical information.

Contact: Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021, Telephone: (212) 606-3800 Fax: (212) 606-3500 E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: Abuse, Access to health care, Caregivers, Economic factors, Ethnic factors, Health behavior, Health insurance, Hormone replacement therapy, Life cycle, Managed care, Mental health, Osteoporosis, Preventive health services, Racial factors, Reproductive health, Surveys, Violence, Women', Women', Working women, s health, s health studies

Kass-Annese B. 1999. Management of the perimenopausal and postmenopausal woman: A total wellness program. Philadelphia, MD: Lippencott, 302 pp.

Annotation: This book primarily discusses health issues generally affecting women from pre-menopause through climacteric, incorporating traditional medical and alternative health care practices. Topics include reproductive physiology and symptomology during pre- and postmenopausal phases; cardiovascular disease; osteoporosis; psychologic, sociologic, sexual and contraceptive issues; a total wellness program, hormonal and drug therapies; and complementary therapies and holistic medicine. Appendices, resources, guidelines for the care of women over 30, a list of sample questions for the health professional to ask the woman, and an index are also included.

Contact: Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, P.O. Box 1620, Hagerstown, MD 21741, Telephone: (800) 638-3030 Secondary Telephone: (301) 223-23000 Fax: (301) 223-2400 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-7817-1654-3.

Keywords: Holistic health, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause, Middle age, Osteoporosis, Reproductive health, Women', s health

Millonig VL. 1996. Today and tomorrow's woman: Menopause—Before and after (Girls of 16 to women of 99). Potomac, MD: Health Leadership Associates, 279 pp.

Annotation: This book is written for women 16 and older, and discusses ways menopause can be managed and controlled with proper planning and healthy activities. Topics include understanding the myths and realities of menopause, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease in women, management through hormone replacement therapy, and starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The final chapter centers on research in the area of women's health and menopause. Appendices include a glossary, a resource directory, references, and an index.

Contact: Health Leadership Associates, Inc., PO Box 1784, Germantown, MD 20875, E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 1-878028-23-5.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease, Consumer education materials, Hormone replacement therapy, Lifestyle, Menopause, Osteoporosis, Women', s health

Woteki CE, Thomas PR, eds. 1992. Eat for life: The Food and Nutrition Board's guide to reducing your risk of chronic disease. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 179 pp.

Annotation: This book, the third in a series resulting from the National Research Council's study of the relationship between diet and chronic disease, provides consumers practical recommendations for incorporating the dietary guidelines into everyday life. Other titles based on this study include Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk (1989) and Improving America's Diet and Health: From Recommendations to Action (1991). Eat for Life introduces a nine-point dietary plan for reducing the risk of diet-related chronic disease. Trends in the American diet, both historical and popular, and tips for shopping, cooking, and eating out are included. Protein, fiber, cholesterol, and fat in relation to food are explained, and their relationship to chronic diseases are specified. Among the chronic diseases highlighted are heart disease, hypertension, obesity, cancer, and osteoporosis. Appendices include the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances and resources that provide additional information.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Contact Phone: (800) 624-6242 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Dietary guidelines, Eating disorders, Food habits, Hypertension, Osteoporosis


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.