According to the American Heart Association, one in three adult women has some form of cardiovascular disease. In the United States in 2004, all cardiovascular diseases combined claimed the lives of almost twice as many women as all forms of cancer. In 2006, diseases of the heart were the leading cause of death for women in North Carolina.
The Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Project provides cardiovascular disease screening, intervention, counseling and referral services to BCCCP enrolled women.
WISEWOMAN’s mission is to provide low-income, underinsured, or uninsured 40- to 64-year old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve their diet, physical activity, and other life habits to prevent, delay, or control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.
WISEWOMAN services are offered in conjunction with NC BCCCP services at approximately 40 local health departments and community health centers across the state.
Women who are enrolled in NC BCCCP and reside in counties that have a participating WISEWOMAN provider are also eligible for WISEWOMAN services.
- Heart disease risk factor testing
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Height and weight (BMI)
- Lifestyle intervention (classes, counseling, activities)
- Referrals to health care providers and sources of low cost medications
- Be able to see a doctor if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high blood sugar.
- Set goals for your health such as eating more fruits and vegetables or walking 30 minutes each day.
- Feel good about taking control of your health!