If you are busy working, shuffling kids from place to place, or just trying
to get by in this hectic world, you’re not alone. Sometimes it’s
easy to put everyone else’s health before your own. The upcoming
Women’s Conference at Washington Hospital provides an opportunity
to take time out and focus on your health.
“The Women’s Conference is designed to educate women in the
community about preventive health care and the resources that are available,”
said Dr. Victoria Leiphart, a Fremont gynecologist and member of the Washington
Hospital medical staff who will moderate the conference. “It’s
a wonderful annual event that women seem to really enjoy year after year.”
The Women’s Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,
April 18, at the Conrad E. Anderson, MD Auditorium located at 2500 Mowry
Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. The event costs $25 and includes
a continental breakfast and a delicious, healthy lunch. Registration is
required by going online at www.whhs.com/event or by calling (800) 963-7070.
This year offers an impressive lineup of speakers from Washington Hospital.
Dr. Jeff Lin will focus on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment for
gynecological cancers; Dr. James Lilja will discuss clinical trials for
gynecological cancers; Dr. Alexander Sah will focus on healthy joints
and joint replacement, and dietitian Lorie Roffelsen will present healthy
eating when you’re on the go.
Dr. William Dugoni, medical director of the Women’s Health Program
at Washington Hospital, will provide opening remarks and talk about what’s
new at the Washington Women’s Center. Dr. Leiphart will provide
an overview of some of the health and wellness programs available at the
Women’s Center. For example, her four-week class called Restoring
Balance starts on April 27 and includes sessions on nutrition, exercise
and stress management.
Dr. Lilja and Dr. Lin are both gynecological oncologists and members of
the Washington Hospital medical staff. Gynecological cancers are cancers
that affect women’s reproductive systems. The most common are cervical,
ovarian and uterine cancers. The oncologists will talk about the prevention
and treatment of these cancers as well as some of the latest advances.
Of all the gynecologic cancers, only cervical cancer has a screening method
to detect it early, when treatment can be most effective. It is called
the Pap test. Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for
other gynecologic cancers, it is especially important to recognize the
warning signs, which can include abnormal bleeding or discharge, pelvic
pain or pressure, abdominal or back pain, bloating, and changes in bathroom habits.
Protecting Your Joints
Dr. Sah will focus on ways to keep your joints healthy as you age as well
as some of the latest advances in the field of joint replacement. He is
an orthopedic surgeon and co-medical director at Washington Hospital’s
Institute for Joint Restoration and Research located at its state-of-the
art Center for Joint Replacement.
Everyone experiences aches and pains from time to time, but research shows
that women are more frequently and often more severely affected than men.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that arthritis
or chronic joint symptoms affect more than 70 million Americans, and 41
million of them are women. A number of factors contribute to this disparity,
including the fact that women experience hormone fluctuations that make
them more vulnerable.
Arthritis and other conditions can take a serious toll on the joints. But
there has been a lot of progress in joint replacement in the last decade.
Dr. Sah will talk about some of the less invasive treatment options and
procedures now available for the hip and knee. For example, minimally
invasive hip replacement surgery techniques introduced at the Institute
for Joint Restoration and Research at Washington Hospital have dramatically
reduced the amount of post-operative pain and significantly shortened
the hospital stay and recovery period.
We all know it’s important to eat right, but sometimes it’s
hard, especially when we’re running from one task to the next. Roffelsen,
a registered dietitian at Washington Hospital, will offer tips for eating
healthy on the go.
“It’s really about planning,” she said. “When we’re
tired and hungry, we gravitate toward the easy comfort foods, which are
usually high in fat and sugar. With a little planning, you have more control
over your food choices.”
She will offer snack ideas that are healthy and portable such as fruit
and nuts as well as items that can be easily prepared. Roffelsen will
also talk about the pros and cons of the recent smoothie and power shake trend.
In addition, she will provide some strategies for eating healthy when you
dine out. Again, it boils down to planning.
“Try to look at the menu online before you go so you can make sure
there are healthy options you like,” she suggested. “Avoid
items described as crispy or creamy. They are probably fried and loaded
with fat. When in doubt, ask how something is prepared.”
To learn more about these topics, attend the Women’s Conference on
April 18. For more information about programs and services offered at
the Washington Women’s Center, visit www.whhs.com/womenscenter.