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January 16, 2007 > Women's Health Conference Helps Women Take Charge of Their Health

Women's Health Conference Helps Women Take Charge of Their Health

Inspiring and empowering women so that they can make wise decisions about their health is one of the goals of the upcoming Women's Health Conference and Health Fair that is scheduled to take place at Washington Hospital on Saturday, January 27 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People of all ages are welcome to attend a day of free seminars, health screenings and tours of Washington Women's Center, all in the spirit of encouraging women to be proactive about their health.

Deborah Garcia, R.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital characterizes the event as more than just a day about health issues awareness. She calls it "a preventative health conference" to teach women how to keep themselves from becoming a statistic among the growing numbers of heart disease, osteoporosis and breast, ovarian and cervical cancer patients.

"Heart attacks have become the number one killer of women," Garcia sites. "One session of the conference will address the questions, 'What can I do to strengthen my heart?' and 'What can the medical profession offer to help me do that?' Garcia says.

The key note address of the day is entitled "Next Step on the Journey: Proactive Life Choices." Life coaches Cheryl Mann, M.B.A, CPCC, ACC and Mary Radu, M.S., M.S.W., CPCC will cover five steps women can take to launch proactive control of their lives and health:

1. Learn to be a conscious planner in your life
2. Understand your choices for your health and your life
3. Explore what is important to you
4. Get clarity on the big picture you envision for your future
5. Create motivation and excitement to take the next step on your journey toward forward motion

The Women's Health Conference and Health Fair, entitled "Forward Motion: Women's Health," begins at 7 a.m. From 7 to 9 a.m., attendees are invited to visit screening stations to check blood pressure, bone density and blood and cholesterol levels. Garcia says the screening results will inform each woman about whether she should make an appointment with her doctor to talk about abnormal results and how to improve her health.

There will be four breakout sessions led by Washington Hospital medical staff physicians during the conference covering the main health topics of the day. Ash Jain, M.D., Cardiology will speak about "Strengthening Your Heart." William E. Dugoni, Jr., M.D., Surgeon will address "Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer." Barry E. Shibuya, M.D., Rheumatology will discuss "Building Healthy Bones." An "Update on Cervical Cancer Screening" will be led by Elizabeth Kurkjian, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology and "Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer" will be presented by Vandana B. Sharma, M.D., Oncology. People attending the conference may register for two of the breakout sessions.

During lunch, Dr. Barbara H. Kostick, a family practice physician, will talk about "Lifestyles & Stress Management."

The conference will also give attendees an opportunity to tour the new Washington Women's Center and learn about the variety of programs and services that will be available through this new facility.

It's highly likely that on New Year's Day, many of us resolved to live healthier in 2007. The goal of Washington Hospital's Women's Health Conference and Health Fair is to help give women direction so that they can make healthy decisions in the future.

"It's up to the individual woman to change and alter her lifestyle, and presentations like this can help her do that," Garcia says.

The Women's Health Conference and Health Fair is free and open to the public. It will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont. Lunch is provided and free gift bags will be distributed. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (800) 963-7070 for more information or to register.

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Lunchtime learning for free
The Washington Women's Center is now offering a free lunchtime educational session, called Lunch 'n Learn, which focuses on different women's health topics, followed by a question and answer session. Afternoon sessions are held later the same day.
The program takes place the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month with lunch sessions from 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 to 12:45 p.m., and afternoon sessions from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. The next Lunch 'n Learn session will focus on cervical health and will be held Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Women's Center conference room, located in 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont, across the street from the main hospital. For more information, call (510) 608-1301.
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