COFFEE & CHAT TO RAISE AWARENESS ON ENDOMETRIOSIS
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH?
Endometriosis Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about this hidden and often unrecognized condition. Endometriosis is a painful condition where cells similar to the ones found in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
• 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis.
• 10% of women world wide have endometriosis - that’s 176 million worldwide.
• The prevalence of endometriosis in women with infertility be as high as to 30–50%.
• Endometriosis is the second most common gynaecological condition in the UK.
• Endometriosis affects 1.5 million women, a similar number of women affected by diabetes.
• On average it takes 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis.
• Endometriosis costs the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs.
• The cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no definite cure.
All money raised at this event goes to
I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.
I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).