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Pennsylvania Commission for Women Delivers First Women's Wellness Guide Kiosk to Allegheny County Jail
Date:9/22/2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help women to take control of their health and improve their access to important health information, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women today placed the first bilingual, touch-activated Women's Wellness Guide kiosk in the waiting room of the Allegheny County Jail.

This is the first of 13 kiosks to be placed around the state.

"Women have a tendency to care for everyone else but themselves and their own health can suffer," said Leslie Stiles, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. "Providing ready access to potentially life-saving medical information and educating women about prevention and early detection of diseases is an essential component for a productive life."

The Allegheny County Jail has approximately 200 visitors every day, many of whom are women. During visitation hours, guests in the waiting room can use the kiosk to learn about heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, depression, asthma, diet and exercise, weight management, smoking, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and insurance options -- with only a touch of the screen.

Kiosk users can choose to learn about one or all of the available topics that are presented in a simple, bulleted format or through personal stories that are delivered in a conversational question-and-answer style. Information is accessible in English or Spanish with the option to use sound, or to quietly read the information on the screen.

Studies show that the top five leading causes of death among women are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes. Research also shows that these diseases can be significantly reduced or prevented with lifestyles changes. For women who may not have direct access to healthcare information or the Web, this kiosk offers the information they need to make those lifestyle changes and prevent or delay the onset of disease.

The kiosk, provided at no cost to the Allegheny County Jail, was made possible through a grant from the Highmark Foundation.

"The first step in helping women live longer, healthier lives is reaching out and educating them about their own ability to prevent potentially life-threatening diseases," said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. "We hope the kiosk increases awareness and begins to help women change lifestyle behaviors that affect their long-term health."

Organizations interested in housing a Women's Wellness Guide kiosk can contact the Pennsylvania Commission for Women at 1-888-615-7477.

Since 1964, the Commission for Women has worked to identify and advance the diverse needs and interests of Pennsylvania women and girls; to inform, educate and advocate for its constituents; and to provide opportunities to empower women and girls to reach their highest potential. To learn more about the commission, visit http://www.pcw.state.pa.us.

CONTACT: Anne C. Bale

(717) 787-8128


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