Members of Hope to Health in Mountain View enjoyed learning about the healthful properties of honey from beekeeper Vera Kark at Hidden Villa on May 1. The social, culinary, and informative program, "Bee Philanthropic," was also an occasion for celebration as members presented checks totaling $42,000, their pooled 2012 contributions, to four women's health programs.
The largest grant recipient was a joint program of the Heart and Vascular Institute and Women's Hospital to identify women at increased risk for heart disease and to provide them with timely advice and steps to improve their cardiovascular health. Follow-up actions will include phone calls from an advice nurse, customized heart health mailings, further screenings, and/or referrals to an appropriate El Camino Hospital heart health program.
Two other Women's Hospital programs also received financial support, one to aid cancer survivors suffering from lymphedema, a chronic condition caused by excess accumulation of body fluid that often occurs after mastectomy, and the other to provide physical therapy to women struggling with pelvic floor disorders. The final grant was to ASPIRE, a program of after school mental health services for adolescents experiencing significant depression and anxiety, and who are at risk for potentially dangerous behaviors including suicide.