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January 9, 2008 > Second Annual Women's Health Conference Focuses on Healthy Choices

Second Annual Women's Health Conference Focuses on Healthy Choices

It's highly likely that on New Year's Day, many of us resolved to live healthier in 2008. Inspiring and empowering women so that they can make wise decisions about their health is one of the goals of the upcoming Second Annual Washington Hospital Women's Health Conference.

Scheduled to take place at Washington Hospital on Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the goal of the conference is to show women how to make healthy lifestyle changes on a daily basis.

"Educating women about changing their daily eating habits and how to do simple exercises to lose or maintain weight is the goal of the conference," says Deborah Garcia, R.N., M.S.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. "Women need to be proactive about their health and this event will focus on teaching smart health choices in a fun and interactive environment."

The key note address of the conference will be delivered by Dr. Shelli Bodnar, a board certified family practice physician with the Washington Township Medical Group. Dr. Bodnar will discuss day to day approaches to healthy living and the importance of diet and exercise. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions after each lecture throughout the day and tours of the Washington Women's Center will be conducted in the afternoon.

There will be four breakout sessions led by Washington Hospital medical staff physicians during the conference covering the main health topics of the day. William F. Nicholson, M.D., Cardiologist will speak about Cardiac Risk Factors for Women and How to Improve Them; Sabiha Rasheed, M.D., Rheumatologist will address Arthritis & Osteoporosis; Anna T. McNay, M.D., Dermatologist will present a lecture on Skin Health and Kathy Hesser, R.N., Washington Women's Center Coordinator will lead three demonstrations on yoga, arthritis exercise and cardiac exercise. People attending the conference may register for two of the breakout sessions.

Garcia characterizes the event as more than just a day about health issues awareness. She emphasizes that women need to move their bodies at least 30 to 60 minutes a day to help improve overall health and well being.

"This conference will educate women about how to make healthy choices everyday," she says. "It's up to the individual woman to change and alter her lifestyle. This event will give women tools to accomplish these changes."

During lunch, Andrea Vintro, R.D., M.S., a Washington Hospital clinical registered dietitian will present a food preparation demonstration and will the show the audience how to prepare healthy foods for social events such as the Super Bowl. Vintro is also leading a new nutrition program at Washington Hospital called "The Right Weigh" program. This nutrition program promotes activity, nutrition and behavioral changes for long term weight loss and improved health. Classes are now forming for this program. (See the box below for more details.)

The Women's Health Conference is also an excellent opportunity to tour the Washington Women's Center and learn about the variety of diagnostic and educational programs that are tailored to meet a woman's needs.

The Women's Health Conference will be held on Saturday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at Washington West, 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont. The $10 fee includes breakfast and lunch. Free gift bags will be distributed to all attendees. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (800) 963-7070 for more information or to register.

The Washington Women's Center offers a free lunch time educational session, called Lunch 'n Learn, which focuses on different women's health topics, followed by a question and answer session. The next Lunch 'n Learn class titled: Be Market Wise will by held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. and once again at 2 p.m. at the Women's Center conference room, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. The class will focus on healthy food purchases and creative meal planning. For more information, call (510) 608-1301.

"The Right Weigh" program provides an initial one-on-one session supplying you with a personalized meal plan along with individualized activity and behavioral goals. Eight small group classes over a three-month period on topics including meal planning and getting active. Call (510) 608-1356 to learn more about this fee based program.

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