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6th Annual Women's Health Conference

March 06, 2012

Mind, Body, Energy!

Inspiring and empowering women so that they can feel their best by taking care of both their mind and body is just one of the goals of Washington Hospital's 6th Annual Women's Health Conference. Scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the conference will feature lectures on how to reduce your risk of cancer, age appropriate screenings for women and nutrition tips that can help improve your mood.

"By nature, the human body is dynamic which means it is designed to move and change," says Paulette Grilli, R.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. "Women benefit from sharing their experiences and this annual event is committed to bringing women together to enrich their health and quality of life."

One of the key issues affecting women's health - and their mind and body - is how to age gracefully. The conference will feature a keynote address on "Aging Gracefully" by Dr. Victoria Leiphart, a gynecologist on the Washington Hospital medical staff.

"During the conference participants will learn to combine breathing and movement to increase their energy," says Grilli. "The goal of this event is to provide attendees with information and skills to support a healthy body and a state of well-being."

Heart, Humor and Healing

Illness is serious and treatment options may be frightening. The lunchtime presentation at the Women's Conference will feature Patty Wooten, R.N., a nationally known health care speaker and "nurse-humorist" that will discuss our ability to maintain a "light hearted" attitude and a willingness to laugh that can help people cope with stress.

Wooten's presentation will help participants develop an awareness of your own unique sense of humor and share information about laughter research and the impact laughter has on the immune system.

Breakout Session on Food and Mood

You are what you eat. We've all heard the expression before. And it's been proven over and over that the foods we consume have an effect on our bodies. By choosing the right foods, many times we can prevent or manage conditions like high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.

Macaria Meyer, R.D., a registered dietitian at Washington Hospital will discuss how the foods we choose also have a tremendous influence on our moods. Meyer will answer questions about the hows and whys of foods' effect on mood and will help attendees find optimal ways to fuel their bodies.

Learn to Build Strength and Balance

The conference will also feature a breakout session on Tai Chi and the benefits it can have for every fitness level. An exercise therapist will focus on the mind/balance concept and focus on balance and core muscle strength.


Participants will be able to choose two breakout lecture sessions featuring the following expert speakers:

  • Can Lifestyle Reduce Your Risk of Cancer? - Dr. Vandana Sharma, Oncologist, Washington Hospital Medical Staff
  • Age Appropriate Screenings for Women - Dr. Barbara Kostick, Family Medicine, Washington Hospital Medical Staff
  • Food and Mood: How One Can Affect the Other - Macaria Meyer, Washington Hospital Healthcare System
  • Tai Chi for Every Fitness Level - Karen Sindelar, Exercise Therapist


In addition to expert speakers, the conference will include breakfast, lunch, prizes and a raffle.


Register for the 6th Annual Women's Health Conference

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)
Where: Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditoriums, Washington West (2500 Mowry Ave., in Fremont)

To register for the upcoming Women's Health Conference, please call (800) 963-7070 and choose two morning sessions. The $10 fee to attend the conference can be paid at the door. No walk-ins. Space is limited and registration is required.

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