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January 6, 2010 > Your Daily Health is a Balancing Act

Your Daily Health is a Balancing Act

Women's Health Conference Focuses on Common Health Issues, Balancing Lifestyle

These days, women of all ages are juggling more roles and responsibilities than ever - as mother or grandmother, wife, friend, aunt, volunteer, career woman, - all while making sure grocery shopping and housework gets done and the family gets fed. It doesn't leave a lot of time for taking care of you, does it?

So, how does our own health and emotional wellbeing fit in?

On Saturday, January 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Washington Women's Center will host its 4th Annual Women's Health Conference with the goal of helping women in the community find balance in their daily lives while also learning more about common health conditions that many encounter.

"During the conference, we will spotlight on women taking better care of themselves naturally and with care on a daily basis," explains Deborah Garcia, R.N., M.S.N., manager of health promotion at Washington Hospital. "We want to concentrate on women being more centered, balanced and focused."

The event's keynote speaker, Dr. Vanessa Wilson, M.D., a Washington Hospital Medical Staff internist, will talk about why it is important for women in the community to take a long, hard look at their daily schedules in order to evaluate whether or not they are incorporating enough time to take care of their own needs.

"I'm going to focus on striking a balance in your daily lives," Dr. Wilson says. "I would like to tell audience members a little bit about my experience five years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Before my diagnosis, I would keep working without any balance or time for exercise. I focused on work and family, but did not reserve much time for myself.

"I would like other women to see this conference as a turning point to make time for the things that really matter. I will focus on the importance of time management, exercise and gaining a healthy perspective on your work and home schedule."

Dr. Wilson points out that there are so many aspects to women's health - including breast health, nutrition and bone health - and it's important that women take the time to learn about and manage each of them.

"I'm going to focus on the things that women go through - as moms, managing your work schedule and not having enough time," she says. "I'll talk about reassessing our work and daily schedules and trying to make time for ourselves. I think that's where most of our problems are."

You will be able to choose two sessions of other physicians and expert speakers who will join Dr. Wilson and they are:

1. Dr. Annamalai Veerappan, a Washington Hospital Medical Staff gastroenterologist, will discuss common digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and gastric reflux.
2. Dr. Aruna Chakravorty, a Washington Hospital Medical Staff endocrinologist, will discuss thyroid disorders and how to manage them.
3. Dr. Jeffrey Kishiyama, a Washington Hospital Medical Staff allergist, will talk about allergies and asthma and what you can do in your home, workplace and yard to cut down on the triggers of allergic responses.
4. Kathy Hesser, R.N., coordinator of Washington Women's Center, and Bonnie Maeda, R.N., certified yoga instructor, will go over steps women can take to improve their health by complementing their physician's advice.

The Women's Health Conference is celebrating its fourth year this year, and Washington Women's Center Coordinator, Kathy Hesser, R.N., says each year it keeps getting better.

In addition to expert speakers, the conference includes:
* Breakfast
* Lunch
* Organic gardening demonstration with a master gardener from Fremont-based Regan's Nursery
* Surprise prizes

To register for the upcoming Women's Health Conference, please call Health Connection at (800) 963-7070. No walk-ins. The $10 fee to attend the conference can be paid at the door.

For more information about programs and services at the Washington Women's Center, visit, click on the "Services" tab and select "Washington Women's Center" from "Specialized Programs."

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