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J.C. Blair Sponsors Women's Health Conference June 4

Women are often so busy taking care of their family, that they don’t always take the time to care for themselves. The Alliance for Breast Care at J.C. Blair and the J.C. Blair Heart Health Initiative, with support from the Pittsburgh affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, are sponsoring a Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Registration fee is $20 and includes continental breakfast, healthy snacks and lunch. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Brochure and registration form is available online at www.jcblair.org or by calling (814) 207-1410. Online registration is available by logging on to www.juniata.edu/services/conferences/campsconf.

The conference will feature morning keynote speaker Ruth Modzeleski, Ph.D., Mission Coordinator for the Pittsburgh affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who will present “The Heart and Breast Connection: Your Recipe for Success”. StrongWomen Ambassador Nancy Wiker, M.Ed., will present the luncheon keynote with a program entitled “StrongWomen: A Community Based Exercise Program.” Ms. Wiker is the statewide Co-Chair for StrongWomen Programs and works at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, Lancaster County.

Breakout sessions will be offered on various women’s health topics. Participants will be able to attend three of the following sessions, including: “Mind/Body Medicine for Women” presented by Deb Kirchoff-Glazier, Ph.D., Juniata College Biology Professor; “Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer” by Ruth Modzelewski, Ph.D., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pittsburgh Affiliate; “Breast Cancer Survivorship Panel” with Breast Cancer Survivors: Pat Kepple, Monica Marko, Connie Masciangelo, Shelby Shoemaker, and Robin Sulesky; “How to Speak to your Doctor” with Family Practice Physician Jessie Mosely, D.O.; “High Blood Pressure, Hypertension: How, Where & When to Measure with Updated Women’s Cardio Recommendations” presented by Internal Medicine Physician Molly Ettenger, M.D. and Diane Baker, R.N., J.C. Blair Emergency Dept; “Nutrition: Eat This, Not That”; “Introduction to Zumba” with Certified Zumba Instructor Mary Jane Smith; “Paying for Healthcare: Resources Available for Women” with panel presenters Dolores Magro with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, Natalie Ferrigno with Tapestry of Health, and Nikole Johnston with the American Cancer Society; “Mammography: Current Recommendations” presented by J.C. Blair Chief Radiologist Maria Pettinger, M.D., and Mammography Service Leader Penny Shope, R.T. (R)(M)(QM); “StrongWomen: Introduction to Strength Training” presented by Nancy Wiker, M.Ed., Statewide Co-Chair for StrongWomen Programs, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Lancaster County; “Superwoman Syndrome: Managing the Balancing Act” presented by J.C. Blair Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator Shelly Rivello, LSW; and “Yoga” with instructor Jen Champion.

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital formed the Alliance for Breast Care (ABC) after receiving a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pittsburgh Affiliate, in March 2009. The goals of the ABC are to: help educate the women of Huntingdon County about breast cancer by distributing resources and holding education events for groups and organizations; and hold screening events for women that offer a variety of services to patients, including mammograms. About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but through early detection, these women now face a 98% survival rate.

J.C. Blair’s Women’s Heart Health Initiative which is funded through private donations specifically dedicated to developing this program. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness and educate women, their families and friends, caretakers, physicians, and nurses about heart disease in women and the importance of early detection. Of those women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease, a shocking 64% have no previous symptoms of this disease. Often times, heart disease symptoms go unnoticed and untreated. However, through awareness, education and early detection, women can take an active role in improving their heart health and reducing their risk for heart disease.

Women of all ages are invited to attend this conference to learn more about what they can do to take care of themselves. Registration fee is $20 and includes continental breakfast, healthy snacks and lunch. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Brochure and registration form is available online at www.jcblair.org or by calling (814) 207-1410. Online registration is available by logging on to www.juniata.edu/services/conferences/campsconf.