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For Immediate Release
Partnership to promote Women's Health Awareness Week at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Women play a major role as caregiver in the family and are increasingly playing the role of the provider and decision maker as well. This is why Mississippi University for Women's Division of Health & Kinesiology graduate program in health education, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi Golden Triangle are teaming up to promote Women’s Health Awareness Week Oct. 27-30 on the campus of MUW.
Dr. Joyce Yates, coordinator of the graduate program in health education at MUW and co-author of “Simple Fitness,” said, “Today's women are certainly more challenged than women of the 20th century. Because of the many roles that women are embracing, our health must be at its best. We must realize how important health is when meeting life's everyday schedules.”
The program will emphasize women’s health through luncheons and speakers, free fitness tests and conclude with a Fun Walk.
The action-packed week will kick off on Monday, Oct. 27 at noon when Carol Allen and Tonya Gentry, from The Partnership for a Healthy Northeast Mississippi, will speak about the importance of being tobacco free. Both are ex-smokers and will stress the importance of kicking the habit.
Todd Liddell, director for The Partnership, Golden Triangle, said, “Young women are one of the fastest growing groups of smokers and The Partnership finds it important to educate the women in the community on its effects."
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, health motivator and author of the best-selling book “Laughing Your Way To Good Health,” Susan Vass, will explore the mind-body connection between stress and laughter. Vass inspires women to practice laughing through her highly entertaining outlook on life, marriage, motherhood, diet and exercise.
Vass has appeared with such national acts as Robert Goulet, Lee Greenwood, Andy Williams, the Smothers Brothers and Doc Severinson. She also has performed on the popular radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," and VH1 Stand-up Spotlight with Rosie O'Donnell.
She will speak in Hogarth Dining Center, upstairs in the Banquet Room. Tickets are $10.
On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Dr. Mark Burtman, OB/GYN at Baptist Golden Triangle, will present new surgical procedures options for women such as alternatives to hysterectomies and discuss topics such as women’s incontinence.
Christina Brown, director of marketing and community relations for Baptist Golden Triangle, said, “Women are the key decision makers for health care and they need to know what is available to make the best possible judgment.”
On Thursday, Oct. 30, Dr. Atiq Rehman, cardiothoracic
and vascular surgeon at Baptist Golden Triangle, will present “Women and
Heart Disease.” According to the American Heart Association, all
cardiovascular diseases claimed the lives of 505,661 U.S. women in 2000.
Brown encourages women to take advantage of the special offer because, “earlier detection of breast cancer is key to fighting the disease.”
Also, as a part of Women’s Health Awareness Week, free fitness tests will be performed at the MUW Fitness Center and at the Wellness Center at Baptist Golden Triangle Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The week will conclude on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a Fun Walk for Cancer on the MUW campus. The community is encouraged to walk one mile in honor of a person who has survived cancer or in memory of a person who has died of cancer. The walk will begin at Bryan Green Gazebo. Meet at 5:15 p.m. for registration and donations.
All luncheons, with the exception of Tuesday's session, will be held in the President’s Dining Room upstairs in Hogarth Dining Center on the MUW campus and will begin at 11:45 a.m. with the speakers beginning at 12:15 p.m.
For more information to purchase a ticket for Tuesday's
luncheon and to inquire of how to receive a ticket for Monday, Wednesday
and Thursday's luncheon, please contact the Division of Health and
Kinesiology during regular business hours at (662) 329-7225.
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