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January 23, 2008 > Educating women for a healthy life

Educating women for a healthy life

By Sargunjot Kaur
Photos By courtesy of Clayton Warren

In the course of the past few decades, women have succeeded in closing the gender gaps between men and women in the educational and political fields. Women like Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton have made great headlines in a country dominated by men. However, women have also made great strides in surpassing men in health risks such as obesity and cancer. "I have started to see a lot more patients with increasing health problems, such as diabetes and weight loss problems," said Dr. Shelli M. Bodnar, the keynote motivational speaker who will be speaking at the Second Annual Women's Health Conference at Washington Hospital in Fremont for the first time.

The Women's Health Conference will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, with the main goal of influencing the health decisions made by women. By influencing these decisions, organizers and speakers of the conference hope to prevent women from falling into the net of the ever-growing number of patients with heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer. "Most of the diseases and reasons of the disease are preventable with diet and exercise," said Bodnar. Obesity has been connected to many increased health conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension and mortality.

"There is no fancy medication or treatment required to treat these major illnesses and prevent the causes of death," Bodnar said. Bodnar will be speaking about why diet and exercise are important to lead a healthy lifestyle at the Women's Health Conference. She graduated from the Cornell University Medical College with an MD and has been practicing with the Washington Township Medical Group, Inc. in Fremont for the past 13 years. Bodnar has done similar talks about more generic topics like obesity and weight loss management at other conferences for Washington Hospital in the past.

The Women's Health Conference hopes the presentations and sessions will change the current lifestyles of every individual woman. "I assume women of all ages and all health status will attend the conference," said Bodnar, "This pertains to women with health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes but also to women who don't have these problems." It's more of a preventative health conference to teach women about taking control of their life and health. "Diet and exercise are important to any woman's life. Exercise and being careful with your diet are things we should all be doing as general maintenance for our bodies," she added.

The conference is aimed to help women be more practical about their health choices and guide women to make healthier life decisions in the future. "The conference is a wonderful way to communicate to the society about the increasing health risks," said Bodnar. "The conference is very organized with a lot of detailed planning going on. There are going to be intimate break-out sessions where you can go talk with a dietitian, registered nurse, and other doctors about even more detailed subjects."

Many skilled speakers will take the stage on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Second Annual Women's Health Conference at Washington Hospital to speak about cardiac risk factors, skin health, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Dr. Bodnar will share healthy tips to a healthy living as well as the importance of diet and exercise to avoid many health conditions. The conference will empower women to become active leaders of their own health.

Tours of Washington's Women's Center, breakfast, lunch, and gift bags will also be available. The fee for the conference is $15 (which includes all of the above). For more information, please call (800) 963-7070.

Second Annual Women's Health Conference
Saturday, Jan 26
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Washington Hospital
Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditorium
2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont
(800) 963-7070
Cost: $15 (includes breakfast and lunch)

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