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May 21, 2013 > 7th Annual Women's Health Conference: Take the Time to Care for Yourself

7th Annual Women's Health Conference: Take the Time to Care for Yourself

The 7th Annual Women's Health Conference at Washington Hospital is taking a new approach this year. In years past, the conference featured a keynote address and a number of smaller "break-out sessions" on a variety of topics. This year, the new format will allow all attendees to participate in every session.

"We listened to the feedback from people in the community who said they didn't want to miss out on any of the presentations at the conference," says Ruth Traylor, Washington Hospital's Director of Community Outreach. "So this year, we created a new format that means participants won't have to pick and choose which speakers they want to hear."

The conference will be held in the Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. (Doors open at 9 a.m.) The $20 registration fee includes lunch, as well as healthy food samples from grocers in the Tri-City area.

"This year's conference will feature discussions of several self-care topics that women - and the men in their lives - can incorporate into their daily lives to improve their overall health," Traylor notes. "Most women lead very busy lives, and they don't take time to care for themselves. This conference will help them discover some simple steps for reducing their stress levels and their health risks."

Some of the sessions scheduled for the conference include:
* A discussion on skin cancer prevention and early detection, presented by a dermatologist on the medical staff at Washington Hospital.

* Lessons in "self-care," featuring advice from a registered nurse who specializes in helping people who are caregivers discover ways to care for themselves, too.

* Guidance from an expert in feng shui in how to create a home or office environment that is relaxing and conducive to good health, along with a discussion of natural, non-allergenic aromatherapy.

* Demonstrations of "gentle yoga" techniques by one of Washington Hospital's certified yoga therapists who is also an instructor for the Gentle Yoga classes offered at the Washington Women's Center.

"The yoga demonstrations will give people an idea of what participation in one of our yoga classes could do for them," Traylor says. "All of the sessions will serve as a reminder that if we take the time to care for ourselves, it can improve our health and quality of life."

Traylor emphasizes that even though the conference is intended primarily for women, men are welcome to attend, too.

Registration is required to attend the conference, and space is limited. To register and pay to reserve your seat, call (510) 608-1301.

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