For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253


WHAT: The Speaking of Women’s Health (SWH) Conference is a one-day conference designed “to educate women to make informed decisions about their health, well-being and personal safety.” The conference features national and local speakers, health screenings, a continental breakfast, luncheon, and a luxurious gift bag. SWH presents 12 breakout sessions on topics ranging from heart health, nutrition and diet to tai chi, sexuality, and diabetes. Ms. Rosa Wims will also be presented with the 2005 Pinny Cooke Community Service Award at lunch.

WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2005, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Rochester Riverside Convention Center,
123 East Main Street, Rochester, New York 14614

WHO: SWH is presented in Rochester by WXXI, chaired locally by Heather Golisano and sponsored locally by Strong Health, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Senator Joseph Robach,
PHA Health, Wellness & Fitness Centers, 13 WHAM-TV, WHAM 1180 and MIX 100.5.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristin Tutino, WXXI 585-259-5884


Agenda of the day and speaker list attached.


Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Lewis-Hall (morning speaker)
Keep Your Life Power Full – Desire, Vitality and Balance

Rick Botelho, MD (lunch speaker)
Women Making a Difference in Men's Health: Minimizing the Downside, Maximizing the Upside of Caring

Barbara Braunstein (afternoon speaker)
Make Your Mind UP, Not Down!!

Breakout Sessions and Speakers

Morning Sessions (begin at 10:35 a.m.)

Staying Strong and Vital in Your 50s and Beyond with Sue Bukata, MD

Hereditary Aspects of Ovarian Cancer with Brent DuBeshter, MD and Cynthia Angel, MD

Keeping Your Wits about You (anger management) with Peter Sullivan, LCSW, CGP

MyPyramid: What's in it for You? with Tracy Cherry, RD, CDE, CDN

Sensuality & Sexuality from a Woman's Perspective with Evelyn Resh

Menopause: Can You Beat the Heat? with Diane M. Hartmann, MD

Afternoon Sessions (begin at 1:45 p.m.)

Heart Disease in Women with Gladys Velarde, MD

Tai Chi with Sue Vella, Physical Therapist Assistant

A Touch of Diabetes with Sally Nordquist, RN - Diabetes Healthsource

Beauty 101: Just the FAQs with Violet DaCosta and Erika Rodriguez

Improving Communication with your Healthcare Provider with Dr. Roger Oskvig and the producers of Second Opinion

Staying Safe with Officer Ed Alberto



7 a.m. Registration Opens

8 a.m. Exhibits and Health Screenings Open

9 a.m. Morning Keynote Presentation

10:30 a.m. Morning Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. Lunch, Luncheon Speaker and Honoree Presentations
The 2005 Pinny Cooke Community Service Award will be presented to
Rosa Wims. The Friend for Life Award will also be presented at lunch.

1:30 p.m. Powerbreak

1:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Presentation

4 p.m. Program Concludes


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