Every year in March, the sisters of Lambda Kappa Sigma, LKS, host Women’s Health Week and invite guest speakers to the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences campus to discuss health issues related to women. This year, we were proud to host four different events that focused on women’s health and safety.
Lambda Kappa Sigma is an international pharmacy fraternity established to promote women in the pharmacy profession.
LKS kicked off the week with a brief presentation from first year members about ovarian cancer. Along with the presentation, green tea packets were given to the audience to promote antioxidant health because research shows that with daily consumption of green tea an individual can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 77 percent.
The University’s dietician, Alexandra Caspero, was invited to speak about calcium, iron, soy, and heart disease. Her presentation included the daily recommendations of food for a balanced diet and healthy choices for the heart. Ms. Caspero also provided healthy food options for college students on the go.
Dr. Rhoshanak Rahimian, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, presented on cardiovascular disease among women. She discussed the statistics concerning the disease and emphasized how women are underrepresented when it comes to optimal treatment options.
“Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in both genders, but the cardiovascular mortality in females is increasing. Partly because women tend to ignore the early warning signs. Therefore awareness plays a very important role in lowering a woman’s chance of heart disease,” said Dr. Rahimian.
As per tradition, Coach Greg Salgado, who teaches taekwondo and kick boxing for the University, made an appearance and taught a self-defense class. He demonstrated multiple techniques women could implement if ever in a threatening situation.
LKS wrapped up the week with a presentation given by the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County concerning date rape prevention. They explained various statistics associated with rape, and informed the students about how women can seek shelter at their center.