Canadian Hadassah-WIZO (CHW)
CHW puts a lot of effort into ensuring that young girls are given a healthy and supportive upbringing. At CHW schools and youth villages, young and impressionable girls have the option to participate in programs that will help them battle body issues and overcome the daily struggles that are associated with being a girl.
CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village offers a program for girls at-risk; this program works to instill young girls with confidence and promote positive self-esteem to equip them with the tools to overcome bullying, peer pressure, and so much more.
In CHW-supported shelters, women are embraced by a supportive and safe environment. Women are given opportunities to learn specialized and widely-applicable skills in order to increase their employability, and are also provided with the support to rise above self-doubt and be resilient in the face of challenges.
The design and release of a new Barbie Doll named Lammily that will have real female body proportions is a refreshing change.
Designer Nickolay Lamm created the new doll based on the American Centers for Disease Control’s report of what an average 19 year old woman’s body is. This new Barbie Doll was designed to depict the figure of a real female in today’s North American society. Lamm’s design quickly became high in demand and has since been released on the market for purchase.
CHW views this as a wonderful step in the right direction: providing realistic toys for young girls. Nickolay Lamm joins CHW in its dedicated work to promote high senses of self-worth and self-esteem in young girls and women.
Click here to see the video made by Nickolay Lamm that illustrates the difference between the original Barbie and Lammily, the new Barbie.
The Hadassah Medical Center has found that meaningful improvements in the mental and physical well-being of its nurses can be achieved through a multifaceted course designed to alleviate their stress and burnout. Addressing the multidimensional nature of stress that nurses experience, the eight-month course (about 2.25 hours each week) involves meditation, relaxation exercises, drawing, journal writing, a listening circle, interactive dance, acupressure and shiatsu.
When the study team compared pre-course scores for job-related tension and stress, as well as general health, to post-course scores, they found that the 97 nurses who participated showed “significant improvement” as regards job-related tension, perceived stress, productivity, general physical and emotional health, upper respiratory infections, and visits to the doctor. The metrics were analyzed against those of 67 nurses who did not take the course.
The findings of the study led the authors to conclude that “providing hospital staff with multiple techniques addressing commonly encountered work stressors impacts positively on health and well-being and significantly reduces stress and burnout in this population.”
In addition, nurses who have taken the Hadassah course report that they use the techniques they learned to help their patients.
One nurse recalls: “I was called into Hadassah the night of the Versaille disaster (when a wedding hall in Jerusalem collapsed with great loss of life). A patient was brought to the emergency room after being buried alive, conscious but shocked and unable to breathe on his own. I worked on him using the relaxation techniques I had learned in the course and, in half an hour, his pulse and blood pressure were normal. In three days, he was discharged. I really do feel that his response and overall quick recovery were due to the exercises we practiced together for that hour in the emergency room.”
The study, “Caring for the Caregivers: Results of an Extended, Five-Component Stress-Reduction Intervention for Hospital Staff,” is highlighted in the November 7, 2015 online issue of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Sarah Sallon, Founder and Director of Hadassah’s Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC), Deborah Katz-Eisner, Principal Instructor and Coordinator of NMRC’s Mind-Body Program, and Hila Yaffe, Clinical Research Coordinator, along with Tali Bdolah-Abram of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, bring out that nurses are burdened with high responsibility, the need to multi-task, shift work with disrupted sleep, low social support, constrained decision making, and constant exposure to suffering and dying. Many nurses, they add, also suffer from low-back pain since they regularly have to lift patients—all contributing to high stress and burnout.
The study team suggests that the Hadassah program be tested among staff in other highly stressful professions such as the police, military, fire fighters, and teaching, with appropriate modifications to address the specific nature of stress in those professions.
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Israel is struggling to cope with and overcome the country’s current situation: relentless terror attacks against Israeli civilians. However, in the face of ongoing attacks, Hadassah Hospital is there every step of the way by providing the emergency care that is so desperately needed.
It was only a few weeks ago that while a thirteen year old Israeli boy was riding his bicycle, he was chased and stabbed by two terrorists. The young boy was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in life-threatening condition. Doctors declared him clinically dead upon arrival, however, they did not give up on him, sending him into emergency surgery to try and save his life.
Chief of General Surgery, Professor Ahmed Eid, released a statement about the boy’s condition, “[He] has a long road of recovery ahead but I am happy that his condition is improving and is stable.”
This thirteen year old boy is the youngest of dozens of victims of attacks who have been rushed to Hadassah Hospital. This current situation in Israel has made Hadassah Hospital’s newest project all the more critical: the establishment of underground operating rooms that protect patients and doctors from attacks during wartime.
The lower-level operating rooms are operative 24 hours a day and provide uninterrupted care both during times of quiet, and in the face of conventional, biological, and chemical warfare.
Throughout this current wave of terror, the need for the underground operating rooms is as urgent as ever. These rooms ensure that medical procedures can continue uninterrupted, in spite of any terror taking place outside the hospital walls.
Good news came out of Hadassah Hospital this week: the young boy was released from the hospital, though he has a great deal of recovery to go. It is a result of the uninterrupted and outstanding healthcare that Hadassah Hospital provides that his life was saved!
Many of us can recall scenes and lines from the film “Mean Girls.” Perhaps there were scenes that made us laugh, scenes that made us angry, and scenes that brought up familiar memories of life in high school.
However, if there is any message to take away from the film, it is that bullying hurts and it must be confronted.
As many of our children have returned to school, we do not always know what is happening during their eight hours while out of our sight. We may ask ourselves: are they happy? Who are they sitting with at recess and lunch? Were they picked in gym class?
Our jobs are to do our best to raise children who are kind, inclusive, and considerate. We have tasked ourselves with this mission to ensure that when we send our children into the world, whether it is to school, camp, the workforce, and so on, we know that our children will be respectful citizens.
At CHW Hadassim Children and Youth Village, CHW Nahalal Youth Village, and CHW Netanya Technological High School, the teachers, house parents, and counselors are charged with overseeing hundreds of children and ensuring that each child is being well looked after. In fact, throughout the year, these children participate in various workshops that teach the importance of being kind to your peers, not succumbing to peer pressure, and stepping in when you see a harmful situation.
Raising kind children is not a simple task; this we can all agree on. Click here to read an article on how to raise inclusive girls instead of mean ones.
Yesterday marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. CHW, in collaboration with its affiliates, is dedicated to the prevention of violence and the advancement of women’s rights.
One way in which CHW seeks to make an impact is through its support of World WIZO’s shelters for battered women.
The women who enter the shelter are in need of support and protection. Yesterday, in recognition of this important day, one woman shared her personal story. She spoke about leaving her home, her friends, and her work in order to escape the daily abuse she suffered. She explained the fear she had for her two daughters who witnessed the abuse and was frightened that they may too become victims.
This survivor shared her journey of overcoming the emotional and psychological damage that comes with being a victim of abuse. She shared, that with the support of the shelter, she is finally re-gaining control of her life.
The stark and awful reality is this: 600,000 children in Israel have been exposed to domestic violence in their homes. The victims are becoming younger, with 8% of young adults (aged 14-18) reporting that they have experienced violence from their significant other.