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

WXXI PRESENTS THE 7th ANNUAL SPEAKING OF WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Tickets Go On Sale July 23, And Sell Out Quickly

Rochester, New York (July 8, 2008) – Tickets for the Speaking of Women’s Health (SWH) Conference, one of the biggest health conferences in Rochester, hosted by WXXI, go on sale Thursday, July 23 at 9 a.m. WXXI will host the seventh annual women’s health conference at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, September 17, 2009. This year’s theme invites women to take time for themselves. and encourages them to make just one healthy change in their lives.

One thousand tickets will be available for purchase by phone at 454-6300 or 1-800-295-WXXI, or online at WXXI.org/swh. Individual tickets are priced at $35 and include a continental breakfast, two national keynote speaker presentations, 18 breakout sessions on a variety of health topics and women’s issues, free health screenings, lunch, and a gift bag full of treats from conference sponsors. Last year tickets for the event sold out in 35 minutes, so people are encouraged to call when the lines open. In addition to the single ticket price, WXXI will offer a VIP package at $500, which includes 10 conference tickets, reserved seating for lunch and the keynote presentations, recognition in the program book - and all that the $35 ticket offers.

This year’s breakout session topics include: heart health, stress management, nutrition, osteoarthritis, skin care, exercise, and many more. The morning keynote speaker is Lisa Sanders, MD, who is the medical advisor for the hit FOX-TV series House, and writes a monthly column for the New York Times called Diagnosis. Dr. Sanders is an internist practicing in Connecticut and is on the faculty of  Yale University School of Medicine. The afternoon keynote speaker is Louisa Ong-Lee, an expert on Feng Shui, who trained for many years under Singapore’s Master Chong Swan Lek.

The luncheon portion of the program, emceed by 13 WHAM-TV’s Ginny Ryan, will include the presentation of the Pinny Cooke Award, an annual award given to a woman in recognition of her community service and responsibility, in honor of the late New York Assemblywoman Pinny Cooke. The program will also announce the Pat Andrus Community Investment Award, which supports a non-profit community based organization that works to improve the lives of women. This award is named after the late Pat Andrus, who was a long-time, dedicated volunteer and supporter of WXXI and the Speaking of Women’s Health Conference.

SWH is hosted by WXXI, and is sponsored locally by the University of Rochester Medical Center, Senator Joseph Robach through a grant from New York State, The Bank of Castile, and PAYCHEX with media sponsors 13 WHAM-TV, WHAM-DT CW, and WHAM 1180. National support provided by MERCK.

To learn more visit, WXXI.org/swh.

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