Notes from the Field: Mother’s Day & Women’s Health Week

It's Your Time! National Women's Health Week 2011Go Folic! was out in the community on both May 7 and May 8.  In celebration of the National Women’s Health Week, which began on Mother’s Day, we created a blackboard for people to express their love and concern for their mothers.  Sometimes we have a hard time saying that we care.  Through this activity we were able to express the love that is buried deep inside our hearts.

Self Portrait, Lilah, Age 4

Self Portrait, Lilah, Age 4 (Doesn't she look healthy and happy?)

On May 7th Go Folic! was at Dolores Park, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. This non-alcoholic event was coordinated by Mission Neighborhood Centers. Throughout the day, people danced to the music of local bands, sampled food – some of it healthy (our favorites included pupusas with folate-rich spinach from

Estrellita’s Snacks), and got information from community booths.

We invited people to write/draw messages to thank their moms for helping them be healthy.  By the end of the day, the board had been filled 5 times, including once by a budding artist named Lilah, who included a self-portrait with her message (at right).  We also talked to over 200 women about Going Folic!

May 8th was our first time tabling at Sunday Streets.  (We’ll be at Bayview Sunday Streets on June 12th). Again, the team put up the blackboard for people to draw on.  People came by  for some vitamins and would stare at the blank board.  Then, all of a sudden, a little boy picked up the chalk, and wrote “Te Amo” for his mom.  After that, more people wrote messages for e their mom.  The board had at least 3 languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese.  It was so lovely.  We can still see the smiles on people’s faces when they were writing the message or when moms saw their children showing them love. (Visit the Go Folic! Website to see all of the message boards.)

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all current and future moms, from Go Folic!

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