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January 7, 2009 > Third Annual Women's Health Conference Will Focus On Heart Health

Third Annual Women's Health Conference Will Focus On Heart Health

Event Will Feature Expert Speakers and a "Go Red Fashion Show"

Inspiring and empowering women to become more aware of the danger of heart disease will be the focus of the upcoming Third Annual Washington Hospital Women's Health Conference. Scheduled to take place at Washington Hospital on Saturday, January 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the conference is intended to help encourage women to become better informed about their heart health and learn valuable tips on how they can improve their heart health and prevent the risk of heart attack.

"It's important that women in our community learn about the causes and symptoms of heart disease," says Deborah Garcia, R.N., M.S.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. "This event will feature a variety of heart related discussion groups that will focus on why heart disease affects women differently."

The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by Dr. Hanh M. Bui, a Washington Hospital cardiologist. Dr. Bui's presentation will highlight why heart disease is different for women as compared to men. 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 and clinicians during the conference covering the main health topics of the day. Dr. Thirupathi K. Reddy, Cardiologist will speak about Cardiac Diagnostic Tests and What They Mean; Dr. Seema Sharma, Family Practice will address Evaluating Risk Factors for Heart Disease; Sharmi Mukherjee, M.P.T, (physical therapist) will discuss Heart Wise Exercises; and Lorie Roffelsen, R.D. (registered dietitian) will present a lecture on Nutrition for a Healthy Heart. People attending the conference may register for two of the breakout sessions.

Don't Miss the Go Red Fashion Show!

Highlighting the event will be a special "Go Red Fashion Show" that will take place during lunch. The fashion show will showcase women's health during their life spans and inspire unity, beauty, strength and good heart health. Everyone who attends the conference is encouraged to show their spirit and wear red.

Garcia characterizes the event as more than just a day about health issues awareness. She emphasizes that women need to become more aware of the danger of heart disease.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and heart disease claims 10 times as many female lives as breast cancer," she says. "This conference will offer information about exercise, nutrition and cardiac diagnostic tests and what they mean."

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. Don't forget to wear your favorite red outfit and come and join us!

The Women's Health Conference will be held on Saturday, January 24, 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, lunch and 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.

Washington Hospital Offers Weight Loss Program for Women

During this time of year, many people make weight-loss resolutions but they have trouble sticking to them. Losing weight is not just about dieting and looking good, it's about making permanent lifestyle and behavioral changes that result in healthy and long lasting weight loss. If you or someone you know would like to join a weight management program that can improve your long term health, then a new nutrition program offered through the Washington Women's Center may be just for you.

"The Right Weigh" nutrition program is taught by a Washington Hospital registered dietitian and promotes activity, nutrition and behavioral lifestyle changes for long term weight loss and improved health. The program provides an initial one-on-one session supplying you with a personalized meal plan along with individualized activity and behavioral goals. Group classes begin on Tuesday, February 10. Call Kathy Hesser, R.N., Washington Women's Center Coordinator at (510) 608-1356 to learn more about this fee based program.

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