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Created specifically for the Women’s Health Initiative to celebrate their 20th anniversary, this sterling silver pendant features the Women’s Health Initiative logo. Made of sterling silver with a rhodium plating comes with an adjustable 16-18” chain.
From initial funding in 1993 through the end of the current extension in 2021 and beyond, WHI has been an incredible effort in helping to understand healthy aging, the causes of certain diseases and how to reduce the risk of several health conditions. Thank you for being part of WHI's legacy!
Welcome, WHI participants! In this section of the WHI website you can read about study findings, browse current and old newsletters, and learn about additional resources. While you're welcome to access the entire WHI website, this section of the site is written specifically for our valued participants. This section includes:
Study findings and additional details for each of the original WHI study components. For example, if you visit the Dietary Study page, you will find the main study findings for that part of the WHI, as well as answers to questions you and other participants may have had.
All issues of the current and previous WHI newsletters (English and Spanish):
WHI Matters, the annual newsletter, sent to all participants throughout the study.
WHIse Choices – participants in the Dietary Change part of the Dietary Study received this newsletter throughout the intervention period.
Additional resources – visit this section for links to several other websites with resources related to women, health, and aging.
Please visit other sections of the WHI website if you're interested in learning more about the WHI study, such as detailed descriptions of the study components (see
About WHI), information about current WHI studies (see
Studies), or the latest WHI news (see
WHI home page).
The NHLBI has approved a 5 year extension of the WHI program, 2015-2020. In addition to the continuation of the WHI, there are two large randomized controlled trials that started up in 2015.
Click here for more information on the COSMOS trial
Cocoa extract may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults — but we don't know for sure. We also don't know if taking multivitamins helps reduce the risk of cancer. WHI investigators have received funding to study these questions in women from the WHI. COSMOS will also be implemented in older men recruited through Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The scientific leadership team includes Drs. JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH, and Howard Sesso, ScD, of Harvard and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Dr. Garnet Anderson, PhD, from the WHI Coordinating Center at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Funding and/or other support is being provided by Mars Inc. and Pfizer Inc..
Surveys were sent to about 75,000 WHI participants. If you receive this survey, please fill it out and return it to us right away.
Eligible women who consent will be assigned at random to one of these four COSMOS intervention groups:
Participants will not be told their COSMOS intervention group assignment.
Participants will take the COSMOS study pills for 4 years.
The COSMOS study pills with cocoa extract will not taste like chocolate.
The COSMOS study pills with multivitamins will be similar to commonly available multivitamin supplements.
Eligibility for WHI Participants
Being 65 years or older and currently enrolled in the WHI.
Not having had a heart attack or stroke.
Not having been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years.
Willing to stop taking concentrated cocoa extract during the study if you are currently taking it on your own. It is OK to drink regular cocoa beverages and eat chocolate.
About Cocoa Extract
The extract from cocoa beans contains rich natural bioactive compounds called flavanols.
Evidence about multivitamin use and health is lacking.
In the WHI, multivitamin use has not been found to influence the risk of cancers or heart disease.
Women’s Health Initiative Publication on Multivitamins and Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
Does increasing physical activity in postmenopausal women lower the risk of heart disease? Help maintain independent living?
WHI received funding to find out if increasing physical activity in older women improves health.
WHI will use the information you have provided to see if you might be eligible for WHISH.
Potentially eligible WHI participants will be contacted about WHISH in 2015.
Some women will be contacted for both WHISH and COSMOS. You may take part in both studies.
If you join WHISH, you may be asked to move more and sit less. This might include:
Walking or similar activity — ones that you enjoy.
Strength, balance and flexibility activities.
Setting your own goals.
Your WHISH participation would be for 4 years.
WHISH will be done by mail and phone.
WHISH Scientific Leaders: Marcia Stefanick from Stanford, Charles Kooperberg from the WHI Coordinating Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Andrea LaCroix from the University of California at San Diego.
WHISH Sponsor: The National Institutes of Health
More than 30,000 women have been diagnosed with cancer since they joined the WHI. The LILAC study aims to learn more about cancer treatments and their effects on the lives and health of women. The LILAC study will include women diagnosed with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, melanoma, leukemia, and lymphoma. The Clinical Coordinating Center has mailed to about 10,000 current WHI participants who have had a diagnosis of cancer. Thank you to all of you who have participated in this study!
If you have any questions about the LILAC study, please call the toll free message line 1-855-332-1930.