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Women's Health Conference Energizes and Inspires

April 06, 2012

Mind, Body, Energy! Washington Hospital's Sixth Annual Women's Health Conference

On Saturday, March 31, Washington Hospital held its Sixth Annual Women's Health Conference. The theme of this year's conference was Mind, Body, Energy! The day was devoted to inspiring and empowering women so that they can feel their best by taking care of both their mind and body.

"Women benefit from sharing their experiences and this annual event is committed to bringing women together to enrich their health and quality of life," says Paulette Grilli, R.N., Manager of Health Promotions at Washington Hospital.

Mind and Body

One of the key issues affecting women's health - and their mind and body - is how to age gracefully. The keynote address on "Aging Gracefully" by Dr. Victoria Leiphart, a gynecologist on the Washington Hospital medical staff, offered tips on staying active, eating a balanced diet, and building a network of friendships.

"Research demonstrates that women who have friends and a network of support are healthier and happier," according to Grilli.

Dr. Vandana Sharma, an oncologist on the Washington Hospital medical staff, discussed lifestyle choices women can make that could reduce their risk of cancer. Macaria Meyer, a registered dietician, followed with a discussion of how your mood and the food you eat have an effect on one another.

The day wasn't all about sitting and listening. Educational talks and inspiration were combined with activities such as Tai Chi to keep attendees engaged and moving.

"In one session, participants learned to combine breathing and movement to increase their energy," says Grilli. "The goal of this event was to provide women with information and skills they could use at home to support a healthy body and a state of well-being."

Heart, Humor and Healing

The lunchtime presentation featured Patty Wooten, R.N., a nationally known health care speaker and "nurse-humorist" who kept the audience laughing while discussing how the ability to maintain a "light hearted" attitude and a willingness to laugh can help people cope with stress.

In her presentation, Wooten discussed information about laughter research and the impact laughter has on the immune system. She also shared tactics on how to use humor when facing stress and change.

Focus on Women

Mind, Body, Energy! Sixth Annual Women's Health Conference was sponsored by the Washington Women's Center. Washington Women's Center offers collaborative health screenings, and diagnostic and educational programs tailored to meet a woman's needs. Washington Women's Center is located at 2500 Mowry Ave., Suite 150, in Fremont.

Yoga Can Help You Cope with Chronic Illness

Washington Women's Center Class Focuses on Body, Mind and Spirit
Coping with a chronic illness can take a serious toll on your body as well as your mind and spirit. The pain and physical limitations caused by a chronic illness can often lead to sadness and grief as well as depression. Yoga can give you the tools you need to cope with your illness so you can feel better physically and emotionally.

The Washington Women's Center is offering an upcoming class called "Yoga and Coping with Chronic Illness." It is scheduled for Monday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Washington Women's Center, 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. The class is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. The fee is $15 and a credit card number must be provided at the time of registration. Call (510) 608-1301 to register.

The class is for any woman with a chronic illness such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus or cancer. If your illness is affecting your quality of life, this class is for you.

Visit the Washington Women's Center Online

For information about other programs and services offered by the Washington Women's Center, visit us online at www.whhs.com/womenscenter, or call (866) 608-1301 or (510) 608-1301. To register for classes, call (800) 963-7070 or go online at www.whhs.com/womenscenter.

Healthy Knowledge All Year

Washington Hospital offers seminars, health fairs, support groups and medical screenings to community members throughout the year. You can also watch Washington Hospital's InHealth Channel on Comcast (channel 78). InHealth offers round the clock health care programming developed specifically for residents of the Washington Hospital Healthcare District.

To learn more about a wide range of free and low-cost educational and preventive services, visit www.whhs.com/community.