When you educate a woman, she empowers her family, and together WE can evolve a community.

Dear Readers,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately wondering what you think of our content, our mission, our goals – hoping that in some way we are resonating with you, hoping that we are providing content that helps you change the way you think about your health, hoping that the new and innovative and sometimes groundbreaking medical research intrigues you to stay connected. It dawned on me as  I was at a cafe and was about to eat something that wasn’t healthy, ridiculously sweet and not on my “ good nutrition for life” plan.  All of sudden, I wondered, for all the health information we promote on our website and newsletter, if I and other Weforum members and supporters might be under the microscope. The pressure was mounting and would I eat my treats on “cheat days” incognito?

Here is what I hope you take away from this.  Moderation.  Balance.  It’s unrealistic for anyone to suggest that as you start to think more about your health and how to truly live a healthy lifestyle, that you instantly become perfect.  It’s just not doable.  If you eat at restaurants, that is one reason why you can’t achieve this.  If your children eat school lunches that might be another reason, of course I am not suggesting all schools don’t get it right (many do and we are proud of the ones who get it right).  If your children are like mine, they like candy, chips, chicken fingers and sometimes sugary drinks.  For most people, it’s not even a financial possibility to eat healthy 100% of the time.  If you look deeper, eating healthy may not even be an option because many Americans live in areas that are considered to be a food desert.  What is a food desert?  It’s an area where healthy, nutritious foods are not available and for the most part they are talking about produce, fruits and vegetables.  Food deserts are generally in neighborhoods that are full of fast food chains with no nutritious options available to residents.

So let’s explore why WEforum is doing this.  What is our mission?  I’m not talking about the verbatim statement we publish on our website, but really, why are we doing this?   We are doing this because our primary reason is to educate everyone on how to live a healthier lifestyle.  You can be the spark we need to create the tidal wave.  We do this because our hope is to raise enough awareness and funds that can support free programs and services developed and implemented by bohemoth organizations like Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas affiliate, the VNA and the YMCA.  Yes our goal is to educate, inform, provide enough information to load up your arsenal of knowledge.   Why are we a Women’s Education Forum?  We target women because the truth is in the facts and women make nearly 80% of all health care decisions as it relates to themselves, their partners and their family.  So yes, we want to target women, but we want to reach and serve everyone.  We want men and young people to be just as active and involved in making healthy decisions. Why not.

Let’s get back to that chocolate croissant I might have been eating, don’t judge.  The truth is take the information we provide and try to make healthIER choices as OFTEN as you can. Moderation.  Balance.  If you can increase those healthy decisions more often then not, you are on your way to living a healthier, happier more balanced life.  It’s not cheating, it’s just being normal.  Educate yourself.  Pass along the knowledge.  Share it with your friends. WEforum for us.  Think of the possibilities of what being a supporter of WEforum could bring.  When you become educated, we all get empowered and together we will evolve and transform the way we think about our health.  I’m not perfect, my family and myself go off course sometimes so I hope the information we provide is a reminder to make the better decision as often as you can.  Be proactive.  It starts with you.  Give us a chance and grow with us.  You won’t regret what we can achieve together.  You never know we might even start to save lives.

Thank you for being a part of our journey.

Carolyn C. DeSena