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UNMC/YWCA Empower Project to Provide Free Health Care Screenings to Women

Health screenings and educational sessions will take place at the YWCA, located at 222 S. 29th Street, every first and third Monday of each month from 5:30-7:30pm.
UNMC students will lead the bi-monthly health presentations which include:
·Nutrition on a budget
·Exercise at home
·Over the counter drugs
·Child safety
·When to go to the doctor

Health screenings include blood pressure and body mass index tests as well risk assessment screening. Childcare and transportation is available. Future goals of the Empower Project are to expand and provide clinical women’s health services.

For more information about services provided by the Empower Project, go to or Women needing to speak with a counselor about domestic violence and abuse are encouraged to call the YWCA Sexual Assault/Domestic Abuse Hotline at (402) 345-7273.

This legacy-project is supported by UNMC Inter-professional Service Learning Academy and was initially developed in the Fall semester of 2008, Service Learning Experience.

Whole Foods Market

10020 Regency Circle Omaha, NE 68114 USA
Frequently offers cooking classes, wine tastings, health seminars and childrens evenets. Please check website for complete and accurate store calendar of events.

Whole Foods Market

The Nebraska Medical Center Offers Diabetes Education Classes

Call the Diabetes Center at 552-6111 to register or for more information.

The Nebraska Medical Center Offers Diabetes Education.

Diabetes classes for newly diagnosed patients and those wanting a refresher course on type 2 diabetes.

Donate Your Used Medical Equipment.

You can donate manual wheelchairs, folding walkers, canes, bath benches, safety rails, raised toilet seats, and other items. To make a donation, or to learn more about the League of Human Dignity's equipment loan program, call 595-1256 (Omaha), 402-441-7871 (Lincoln), or 712-323-6863 (Council Bluffs).

Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands Offers Skills Classes.

To register for an upcoming class, or for more information call 399-0777.

Council Bluffs/Pottawattamie County MS Self-Help Group.

Meetings are held at the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, located in the west end of Council Bluffs. The church occupies the entire block from S. 33rd to S. 34th Streets, and 3rd & 4th Avenues. The group meets in the pale green building next to the Education Center, across from the parking lot from the Church. People diagnosed with MS, their caregivers, or anyone with an interest in neurological disorders are welcome to attend. For more information, call the meeting facilitators at (712) 482-3412 or (712) 366-9569. Or call the MS Program Director of the Nebraska/Pottawattamie County Chapter at (402) 572-3190 or (800) FIGHT MS.

No Tobacco Challenge for High Schools.

Area high school students received tobacco fact sheets about the dangers of tobacco use. And, the students had an opportunity to sign the No Tobacco Challenge petition. Mercy High School had the highest percentage of students that signed the petition. Governor Mike Johanns will personally visit Mercy H.S. in May, to receive all of the signed petitions. Channel 6 "For The Heartland" and our partners, Methodist Health System and NP Dodge, encourage young people to take the No Tobacco Challenge!

Lincoln Endometriosis Support Group.

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease affecting women of child-bearing age. The Endometriosis Association is an international organization that provides support, education, and outreach to those suffering with endometriosis. Call (402) 770-2612 to contact the Lincoln Endometriosis Support Group. For more information about endometriosis, visit the Endometriosis Association's web site at, or call 1-800-992-3636.

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA).

VNA's mission is to foster dignity while increasing independence and self care to all individuals. They reach out to where clients, nursing care facilities, correctional facilities, and shelters. In Council Bluffs, call (712) 328-2636 or (800) 255-3560. The VNA has a "wish list" of needed items for their clients: baby monitors, sit/stand alarms, bathroom scales, cordless phones, personal care items, and items for babies. Please contact the VNA if you would like to make a donation.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The largest national organization dedicated solely to funding clinical and/or genetic research in breast cancer, with a mission to find a cure for breast cancer. 85% of all funds raised go to research. Call or visit their web site for more information.

Health Care Coverage for the Uninsured.

Or, for information about children's health care coverage in Nebraska, contact Voices for Children in Nebraska,, (402) 597-3100.

The Heart Truth National Awareness Campaign on Women's Heart Health.

The goal of "The Heart Truth" is to motivate women and health professionals to take heart health seriously and engage in action to reduce women's risk of heart disease. Learn facts about heart disease (such as: one in every three American women die of heart disease), risk factors (such as smoking and physical inactivity, etc.), and learn to take steps to reduce risks. Call 1-800-575-WELL to learn about "The Heart Truth."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

National Office: 914-949-5213;; 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 10605. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks to cure blood-related cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Nebraska Chapter: 7101 Newport Avenue, Suite 203, Omaha, NE 68152, (402) 572-3190, 1-800-755-3959,

American Foundation for the Blind.

Over 1,400 people a week become blind or become severely visually impaired. The American Foundation for the Blind helps to eliminate barriers that could prevent people who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential. They help address issues of employment, literacy, independent living, and technology. Call or visit their web site for information and help.

Suggestions from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Every weekend, many middle-aged adults head out the door to take on a new sport or to pick up where they left off on a sport they haven't played in years. This is a good thing, but there could be a downside. New physical activities bring new stresses to bones, muscles and joints...a good reason to take new sports one step at a time, with plenty of stretching and warming up. Remember that "weekend warriors" can be flirting with danger. Your body does a better job avoiding injuries with a sensible fitness program that you follow every day. Fitness is good, but remember to exercise common sense.

PRIDE-Omaha, Inc.

Seeking to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by young people. PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. raises awareness and educates the community about the dangers to youth caused by the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Contact the organization for information or to become a member. Tax-deductible contributions are sought. PRIDE-Omaha, Inc., 3534 S. 108th Street, Omaha, NE, 68144. Phone: (402) 397-3309.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lincoln Chapter.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Mission Statement: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Call 402-484-8300 or email for information on planned giving, current research, or other Foundation activities.

Community Alliance.

The mission of Community Alliance is to integrate persons with mental illness into the broader community through a progression of community-based rehabilitation and support services. The Board of Directors and all employees are committed to carrying out their responsibilities in a professional and ethical manner reflecting Community Alliance's mission, values, and purpose. Community Alliance is a non-profit organization. For information on Community Alliance, please call 341-5128 or visit