• Santiago, Chile Healthy Breast Participants, Nov 2015

Empowering Women through Breast Health Education

In 2016 We:

Strengthened the MammAlive Organizational Structure:

  • fine-tuned the Bylaws for the MammAlive Foundation
  • met monthly as a Board of Directors and assessed our performance
  • established monthly Zoom meetings for Healthy Breast Educators who are members of the MammAlive Foundation, and provided information sessions on specific themes – hormones, soy research, thyroid and breast health, emotional connection to breast health, marketing
  • provided monthly meeting reminders with agendas, and written minutes as a follow up
  • filed meeting minutes and documents on a MammAlive Foundation Google Site, accessible to members
  • established an organizational structure with regional coordinators, regional certification managers and regional board members – these are not fully functional in all countries
  • updated the MammAlive membership form and monthly commitments
  • created documents for royalty payments, licensing
  • accepted new members from Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Brazil

Created Partnerships

  • partnered with Gurujodha’s Rama Yoga centre in Mexico City and Ra Ma Da Sa in China to host a Healthy Breast program in those countries

Certified Educators Who Completed the Certification Requirements

  • A certification process was finalized for Healthy Breast Educators and several educators completed this process to become certified, particularly in Peru – 10 women certified as educators

Taught and Shared the Healthy Breast Program:

  • the 6 day Healthy Breast Foundations + Yoga Course was taught in Mexico City by Amrit Nam Kaur (Jeanne Lurie) in February, 2016.
  • the 4 day Healthy Breast Foundations and 4 day Healthy Breast Yoga Program were taught in Lima, Peru by Sat Dharam Kaur in August
  • the first 6 modules of the Healthy Breast Foundations and Healthy Breast Yoga Program were taught by Sat Dharam Kaur in Suzhou, China in November 2016.
  • the Healthy Breast Foundations program was shared in Israel by Yael and in Holland by Jagir Kaur, by Sat Dharam Kaur in Owen Sound and Toronto and by Deanne Enright in Wasaga Beach, Ontario
  • Livjot offered a Healthy Breast retreat in April in Sooke, Vancouver Island
  • Sat Dharam taught the 12 week Healthy Breast Foundations program three times online to a total of about 20 individuals

Developed the Program Further:

  • Sat Dharam added further scientific research references to the Healthy Breast Foundations manual
  • the Healthy Breast Foundations and Healthy Breast Yoga manual have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese
  • Sat Dharam revised the Healthy Breast Yoga Program and consolidated the manual for translation. New photos were added to both programs.
  • both Healthy Breast manuals were submitted to KRI for review
  • began a cookbook project as a fundraiser to support the program, Ann Near is now the coordinator
  • developed and illustrated the 31 tips to be used as part of October breast cancer awareness month. These have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, Polish and Urdu and were shared online in these countries.

Funding and Revenue Streams

  • from our October campaign we raised $2020 in donations, which paid for the illustrations for the campaign
  • we established an affiliate sales program on the mammalivefoundation.org website with one partner thus far and a few sales

 Translated the HB Foundations and HB Yoga Manuals

  • the power points have been translated into Hebrew and Dutch
  • Sanjivan Kaur is coordinating translation of manuals into Finnish, needs funding
  • Jagir will explore translation of the manual into Dutch
  • powerpoint translations are underway in Spanish and Portuguese

 Published Articles and Shared Our Work Online:

  • Sat Dharam, Kathryn Livingston, Livjot Kaur contributed to an online Healthy Breast Ezine, that was published several times in 2016
  • daily breast health tips were sent out via Tweet, Blog, email and Facebook by Sat Dharam for the month of October with thousands of viewers. Others “shared” these tips
  • the breast health tips are archived in blog format on the mammalive.net website
  • maintained a closed Healthy Breast Program facebook group to support people who have taken the program and keep information flowing
  • posted on our two facebook pages – Healthy Breast Program and MammAlive Foundation to expand our profile

Presented at Conferences and Health Shows:

  • Sat Dharam presented a class on yoga for breast health at the Toronto Yoga Conference in April 2016, and advertised the program at a booth
  • Sat Dharam presented healthy breast program at OAND annual convention in Toronto in Nov 2016
  • Anne Near did a presentation and public talk in Walkerton at the Best Breast Show in Town, on Sept 25 2016 with a power point presentation
  • Livjot presented from a booth in Jan 2016 at the Victoria Health and Wellness Show

Created Educational and Marketing Materials:

  • reproduced a 5” X 7” postcard with the women’s creed and the 12 breast health tips, which has been shared with our members, and is available as a download on www.mammalivefoundation.org
  • a promotional package has been created for our Educators which includes an introductory letter, information on our Foundation
  • designed and printed 2 Healthy Breast Program banners that can be used at health shows by any of our members
  • created the Sips and Tips Event with information on 12 herbal teas to accompany the 12 tips as a potential educational fundraiser
  • extensively revised the mammalive.net website and the mammalivefoundation.org website with the global community pages available to highlight what is occurring in each country where the Healthy Braset Porgram is being taught

Set Up Future International Healthy Breast Programs:

  • further Foundations programs have been organized for Vancouver Island, China, Uruguay and Argentina for 2017
  • a once monthly 3 hour program is set up for Lotus Yoga Centre in Toronto for 2017, beginning in January

MammAlive Foundation Goals for 2017:

prepared by Sat Dharam Kaur, Dec. 06, 2016

  1. develop a cookbook that can be translated into several languages, used as a regional fundraiser
  2. translate daily breast health tips into several more languages and release daily in Oct annually
  3. create videos in different languages of daily tips and release video daily
  4. consolidate the global organizational structure for the foundation – coordinate regional and international membership, monthly meetings, focussed committees – encourage participation from all countries
  5. be consistent with a monthly ezine, and use it as a vehicle to educate and unite regions
  6. implement specific environmental activism goals internationally, with a focus on one every 3 months
  7. build alliances with government, other NGOs and institutions; develop relationships with the hospitals, to make an offering of the program available to patients
  8. develop marketing resources and strategies for Healthy Breast Educators
  9. support educators in the certification process
  10. become a charity, to be able to receive donations
  11. continue to post pertinent information on both the Healthy Breast Program website and MammAlive Foundation website; increase blogging
  12. implement existing research protocols to use with the Healthy Breast Program
  13. continue to teach the Healthy Breast Program internationally, and support teachers in sharing the program in their regions – develop a handful of trainers who can teach internationally
  14. network with naturopathic doctors who can spread the program and the 12 tips for reducing breast cancer among their patient population
  15. achieve funding for our initiatives
  16. further develop the affiliate program to receive funding
  17. further develop the 31 tips for high school students and create a resource for teachers