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"A Celebration of Health" Gives Women a Day to Themselves

   Portland, Ore.

Sometimes one day can make all the difference in someone's life. The eighth annual OHSU Center for Women's Health Conference, "A Celebration of Health" could be that kind of day. Women can learn how their minds can have a considerable effect on their health, and well-being. The conference is planned for Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center.

The keynote speaker, Alice Domar, Ph.D., author of the national best-seller "Self-Nurture" will present "It's Time to Take Care of Yourself." Domar will help women learn how to find the time and energy to do the things that make them happy so they can care for themselves as effectively as they care for everyone else. Domar is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School; and director of the Mind/Body Center for Women's Health at Boston IVF, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a columnist for "Health Magazine" and appears regularly in "O" magazine.

The luncheon speaker, Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., will present "Age-Proof Your Body." She is the author, editor-in-chief of "Nutrition Alert," advisory board member for "Shape" magazine, former nutrition correspondent to ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Later Today." In her presentation she will tell the audience how to bring passion to everyday living, at every age, through how you eat, think and move.

"Today's woman wants to equip herself with information on her health, both physical and emotional. When we go to the doctor we want to have the information we need to keep us active, healthy and emotionally well balanced. This conference is a way to do that," said Wendy Mitchell, M.A., program manager for the OHSU Center for Women's Health.

Other speakers and their topics include:

  • Kathryn Zerbe, M.D., professor of psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, "The 12 Most Important Mental Health Secrets for Women," and "Steps to Preventing and Treating Stress and Depression"
  • Anne Nedrow, M.D., director of women's primary care and integrative medicine, OHSU Center for Women's Health, and Jillian Romm, R.N., L.C.S.W., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine, "Mind/Body Skills Workshop"
  • Kerry Kuehl, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (health promotion and sports medicine), "Take Two Laps and Call Me in the Morning"
  • Joanna Cain, M.D., professor and chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health, "What You Can Do To Prevent Women's Cancer"

    The cost of the all-day conference, which includes a vegetarian lunch, is $35.

    To register online and learn more about the conference, please visit

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