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North Carolina WISEWOMAN Program

Clinical Services: North Carolina WISEWOMAN works with health care providers to provide cardiovascular disease risk factor screenings to low-income, underinsured/uninsured women between the ages of 40 to 64 years. These screenings include blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol as well as assessing height, weight, medical history, quality of life indicators, tobacco use, diet/nutrition and physical activity. North Carolina WISEWOMAN provides screening, medical support, and risk reduction counseling through contracts with over 40 provider sites which are primarily local health departments but services are also delivered in a community health center and a hospital.

Lifestyle Programs and Other Healthy Behavior Support Options: North Carolina primarily uses registered nurses to deliver health coaching, using “A New Leaf: Choices for Healthy Living” program materials. North Carolina also refers WISEWOMAN clients to community-based lifestyle programs including the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Weight Watchers, and Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less (a program developed by professionals from North Carolina State University, NC Cooperative Extension, NC Division of Public Health, and East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine).

For more information, please contact:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
1931 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
http://www.bcccp.ncdhhs.gov/wisewoman.htm

Background: The program is housed in the Cancer Prevention and Control Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Chronic Disease and Injury Section.

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