Michael O'Donnell, M.B.A., M.P.H., Ph.D., Health and Wellness, Cleveland Clinic
eXpressions™ Award: Blue Ribbon
Theme: Women’s Health and Wellness in a Minority Neighborhood. Primary Message: Women in our neighborhood are the primary caregivers and the biggest support for our families. Women often ignore their own health and instead, focus on the health of their families. The numbers are rising regarding minority women having strokes and heart attacks. We need to arm these women with information to empower them. As their children and grandchildren, we need to take up the cause to pay attention to their health. That includes reminding them of ways to improve their chances of a healthy life. Nutrition, stress-relief, stopping smoking: these are all good places to begin.
eXpressions™ Award: White Ribbon
Theme: Healthy Inside Means Healthy Outside. Primary Message: A lot of people would live a more healthy lifestyle if they could see the insides of their body. For instance, if a smoker could see his discolored, shriveled lung tissue on a daily basis, it probably would effect his decision to stop smoking. The inside of our bodies is essentially a mystery until something goes wrong. The x-rays and CT scans have to tell the story. Aboriginal art was not only lively, colorful, and beautiful, but it often depicted the insides of animals -- essentially an X-ray view. This artwork, the insides of a human body, is presented as aboriginal art. The lively colors and dots are characteristic of the aboriginal style.
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