This innovative program will reach out to and educate women on how to reduce both their own and their babies risk of developing diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Gestational diabetes, a serious health risk to a woman during pregnancy, places her at high risk of developing permanent diabetes. It can also lead to serious complications for her infant, including fetal or infant death, trauma at birth and a greater predisposition to diabetes.
Because management of gestational diabetes rests almost entirely with patients, Jeffersons program can make an important difference by helping women to understand and control this disease. The generosity of the Connelly Foundation will enable Jefferson to create this important program, develop and provide vital educational materials designed to counsel patients, and enroll women who could not otherwise afford to participate.
The Connelly Foundation, located in West Conshohocken, is a longtime supporter of Jefferson and has helped the Hospital launch creative and much-needed programs for women and babies at risk.
The Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that quiets the mind and releases physical distress, according to Steven Rosenzweig, MD, Clinical and Academic Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine. The Center has provided eight of these courses to patients with a wide range of medical conditions including AIDS/HIV, arthritis, cancer, depression, heart disease and a variety of other illnesses.
Participants learn a range of mindfulness practices, deep relaxation techniques and stress-management strategies within a highly supportive group setting. Evaluations indicate that, as a result, participants have experienced decreased pain, anxiety and depression, a reduced number of symptoms and an enhanced sense of well-being.
Since this program begins with the patients own inner resources and allows them to recover a sense of wholeness and wellness within themselves, it is remarkably self-empowering, Dr. Rosenzweig said.
The grant from the Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation will enable the Center to offer scholarships to make this program available to a greater number of economically disadvantaged patients suffering from chronic, disabling disease or life-threatening illness. The gift also will enable the Center to enhance awareness of the program throughout the Delaware Valley.
The Goldsmith-Greenfield Foundation, administered in Sarasota, FL, was established in 1991.
Visit The Jefferson 2000 Fund website at http://www.tju.edu/jeffgiving/