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Gloucester County Presents 14th Annual Women’s Health Summit this Saturday

Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, “This free event promotes health awareness for women of all ages, as well as the men in their lives and their family members.  The Summit offers free workshops, exhibitors, health screenings, refreshments, healthy snacks and door prizes.”
Freeholder Adam Taliaferro said that the Women’s Health Summit will provide attendees with tips on exercising, planning healthy meals, increasing healthy behaviors, how to be prepared for an emergency, decrease stress levels, and the latest information on health topics and diseases.
Taliaferro said, “The Women’s Health Summit is designed to encourage women to foster healthy habits such as proper diet, exercise, regular screenings and checkups so they have a healthy future for themselves and their families. Women are often busy taking care of others and they forget or put aside the importance of their own health needs.  This Health Summit is an excellent opportunity for women to take a part of a fun day while learning some new healthy habits and meeting some exceptional exhibitors.”
The free screenings available throughout the day have expanded this year to include: Body Fat Analysis, Blood Pressure Screenings, Cholesterol and Glucose Screenings, Chair Massage Therapy, Foot Screenings, Osteoporosis/Bone Density Screenings and more.
8:00am-9:00am       Registration & Screenings
9:00am– 9:45am     Workshop Session 1
10:00am-11:00am  Door Prizes and Snacks in Cafeteria

11:00am-11:45am  Workshop Session 2

Session 1   9:00 am – 9:45am
A. Jazz In Motion
Jazz-In-Motion is a non-impact, dance based aerobics class that combines dancing, light weight training, mat conditioning and yoga style stretching; all choreographed to various music selections.  The focus is on the overall body, emphasizing balance, core strength, cardio-conditioning and just plain fun fitness.
B. It’s Not A Diet, It’s A Healthy Lifestyle
The nutrition world can be puzzling, overwhelming and sometime controversial.  Learn to decipher and understand food labels, create balanced meals and makeover your favorite recipes.  Expert Retail Nutritionist Cassandra Golden will debunk popular food myths, offer strategies to overcome “food triggers”, and even take you on a virtual grocery store tour!  Participants will leave this workshop with the knowledge and enthusiasm to live a healthier (and happier) lifestyle!
C. Mindfulness & Meditation
With meditation at the core, mindfulness is a way of living more fully in the present.  Learn how mindfulness can help reduce anxiety, increase focus, improve well-being, and create a more balanced life.  You will learn basic mindfulness techniques and participate in a guided meditation. 
D. Heart Disease and Women
Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women?  Learn the risks and how you can live a heart healthier lifestyle from renowned cardiologist Dr. Kaulbach of Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. Pink is an important color, but red is more   important.
E. Defending Your Computer
Sgt. Steve LaPorta of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office will be presenting on Cyber Safety which will include how to understand and protect yourself from online identity theft and fraud; and the dangers of socializing, communicating, and spending online. Learn why an adult’s personal and financial information and buying habits are of great value to hackers.
 F. Understanding Osteoporosis—Prevention, Maintenance & Treatment Strategies
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects women of all ages.  In this workshop, Mary Clare Schafer from Magee Orthopedic       Rehabilitation will speak about the affects of osteoporosis, as well as risk factors and prevention measures.  We will also discuss the management and treatment of osteoporosis which includes proper diet and exercise, as well as medications.
Session 2   11:00 am – 11:45am
A. Stress Management through Psychological Flexibility
John Armando from Inspira Medical Group Woodbury will introduce Psychological Flexibility as a way of approaching our stressful experiences in the moment with the ability to respond with what actually works, rather than what our minds tell us should work.
B. Qigong
Similar to Tai Chi, Qigong is a practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”.  In this workshop, participate in a Qigong practice involving rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow, stylized repetition of fluid   movement, a calm, mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through the body.
 C. Pain Management
Do you suffer from persistent or chronic pain?  This program, with Dr. Andrew Medvedovsky from Kennedy Health System will uncover the reasons behind many common conditions.  Find out how you can control your pain and enhance your quality of life without surgery.
D. Preventing Incontinence
In this workshop, physical therapist Vanessa Vander of Inspira Medical Center will show you how you can prevent incontinence and reduce pain through pelvic floor and core muscle strengthening. A valuable and informative workshop for women of all ages.
 E. Women’s Health Q&A
Women’s health issues can sometimes be an uncomfortable subject for patients to discuss with their doctors, especially pertaining to OB/GYN issues. Dr. Deborah White of Kennedy Health System will review and answer the most commonly asked questions that she comes across in her office.  She will also be available to answer any other questions you may have on your mind.
 F. New Techniques in Breast Imaging
Learn the basics and latest information on breast imaging with Dr. Sherrill Little of Inspira Health Radiology. New technologies, such as 3D Mammography, might benefit you or someone you care about.
The Women’s Health Summit is presented by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Gloucester County Department of Health, Senior & Disability Services.  Gloucester County plans this event with the Women’s Health Summit Collaboration members who include representation from: Gloucester County Health Department; Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Kennedy Health System, Gloucester County Commission for Women, Southern Regional Child Care Resource Center/EIRC, Inspira Health Network, and FamCare.  Special thanks to all of these members, along with our Community Supporters:  Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Shop Rite, TheraSport Physical Therapy, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, and Jazz-In-Motion for dedicating their time and expertise to making this day a success.