World Population Day – Supporting Young Women

world-pop-day-infographicDid you know that…

  • Young women who avoid unintended pregnancy are much more likely to stay in school & participate in the workforce?
  • Pregnancy and birth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 in low-& mid-income nations?
  • In developing countries, only 22% of girls aged 15-19 who are married or in a union use contraceptives?

Today is World Population Day. This year’s theme is ending teen pregnancy.  To learn more, go to USAID at or follow #wordpopday on Twitter


Valentine’s Day 2013: Rise Up Against Violence and Sexual Oppression!

Eve Ensler and One Billion Rising invite you to Rise Up to Oppose Sexual Oppression and Violence Against WomenIf you missed the San Francisco “Silver Ribbon Campaign” event celebrating the 40th birthday of Roe vs. Wade on January 26, 2013, but wanted to participate in the One Billion Rising Flash Mob, there’s still time! Join women all over the world on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and dance to make a stand against violence towards women. >Click here to learn more!

And, while you’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day to see the official Flash Mob video from the January 26 event, we found this slide show of the dance on YouTube.

This is important news for any woman who might become pregnant and it makes sense, since our bodies require B-12 to process folic acid. And it’s one more reason to Go Folic! with a multi-vitamin. The study that this recommendation is based on recommends that women supplement with at least 2.5 mcg of B-12 everyday. Go Folic! Multis, which San Francisco women can get for free from the health department contain 6 mcg. If you don’t live in San Francisco, any multivitamin with 100% of the RDA will have this amount.

Join The Silver Ribbon Campaign on January 26 in San Francisco!

A Celebration of Women, Life and Liberty, Joining One Billion Rising on Jan 26, 2013 to Celebrate 40 Years of Roe vs. Wade!We invite you to join us at Justin Herman Plaza on January 26th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Roe vs. Wade.” This family-friendly event, which is being organized by the Silver Ribbon Campaign, will feature a flash mob by the Bay Area chapter of Dancing without Borders, a global initiative to end violence and sexual oppression. In addition, there will be speeches, food, face painting, airbrush tattoos and more!

About “Roe vs. Wade”

While most people have heard the term “Roe vs. Wade,” many people don’t know the details. “Roe vs. Wade” is the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States. At that time, abortion was a matter left to the states, the majority of which had laws making it illegal. The decision stated that Texas state law making abortion illegal during the first and second trimesters was an infringement on the ninth and 14th Amendment rights of woman. Click here to read more about the decision on Or watch this short PBS video:


In addition to the San Francisco Department of Public Health, sponsors include a number of organizations that have supported or worked with Go Folic! including ISIS, Inc. and the California Family Health Council.

Join the Flash Mob!

All women and men who support reproductive freedom are invited to participate in the flash mob. Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Rafael. To learn more, click here. As motivation, we’ll leave you with this video!

CONTEST ALERT – From our friends at ISIS, Inc.!

We all do little things to keep ourselves healthy.  Some of us walk to school or work instead of driving.  Sometimes we turn off the TV and head outside.  Some of us even take multivitamins with folic acid!

What creative things are you doing in your life to make yourself healthy?  Our friends at ISIS, Inc. want to hear all about it!

Today is for Tomorrow is a preconception health campaign for young women (ages 16-24) in California. Preconception years are the years where you could get pregnant, choose to get pregnant, or are in between pregnancies. Not planning to get pregnant anytime soon? That is okay, staying healthy starts way before ever deciding to have a baby, and most of the small changes you can make today can make a big impact on your tomorrow.

If you’re a young woman between the ages of 16 and 24, you’re eligible to enter ISIS, Inc.’s Today is For Tomorrow contest.  Let ISIS, Inc. know – in 140 characters or less – what things you do to keep yourself healthy.  You’ll have a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship, Nintendo Wii, or other great prizes.

Contest ends July 10th (24th!*), so hurry to to submit your entry!

*Contest deadline has been extended until July 24th!

Healthy Women Bios – Anna Torrens Armstrong

Our Healthy Women Bio series is back with an interview with Anna Torrens Armstrong. Anna is a fitness instructor and online adjunct faculty member in Public Health. She is also a loving mother to her two year old son, Jack. Thank you Anna for sharing your thoughts on folic acid with us!

What can you tell us about folic acid?

It is so important for women to take to help prevent birth defects…even when you aren’t planning, your body is!

Why do you think it’s important to take a multi-vitamin?

I think it’s important because I am a very busy person and sometimes, despite my best efforts, I just can’t get all the vitamins I need from food – so I do a one a day.

What tips do you use to help remember to take your vitamins?

I keep them by my coffee maker – I never start the day without my coffee…I can’t miss it that way.

Why is women’s health important?

For me personally, its important simply because I am a woman. But I think at a societal level it is important for many reasons – we are unique in that we have children and our bodies have been such a mystery for so long. I think by helping women, in general, harness the power of being a woman, embrace it, and teach and provide for our unique health issues, our society will benefit from such efforts as a whole.

What do you like to do to be healthy?

I love to run, lift weights, travel, chase (and be chased) by my two year old son Jack, eat healthy and laugh. It is part of my lifestyle as well as my family’s lifestyle.

Is nutrition important when cooking traditional recipes?

Absolutely – I have adapted several cuban meals I cook to be healthier (but still taste great).

How do personal health practices relate to sexual health?

I think these two issues go hand in hand and sexual health is a part of personal health practices (doing it safely, knowing your body, being open with your partner, etc.).

Is being beautiful related to being healthy?

Absolutely – I think healthy puts a whole new spin on what it means to be beautiful. Some ideas of beauty, unfortunately, seem to evoke unhealthy images. Hopefully, the paradigm shift towards healthy as a new standard will also trickle into some of the images we see.

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not?According to Barbara Kass-Annese, Go Folic! Medical Consultant, the best time to take your multivitamin is at the end of a meal.  Taking your vitamin with food makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients.  But remembering to take your vitamin can be difficult.  We lead busy lives and it’s easy to forget.  That’s why Go Folic! asked around and came up with some helpful tips for remembering to take your vitamin with folic acid every day.

1. Write yourself a note

2. Set an alarm on your cell phone

3. Put the bottle somewhere where you can see it everyday

4. Start taking them with a friend

5. Make it part of your daily routine

6. Keep the bottle in your purse

7. Take it before you brush your teeth

The most effective time to take your multivitamin with folic acid is at the end of a meal.  But the best time for you is whenever you remember!