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Women’s Health Conference convenes in Aspen

Carolyn Sackariason
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” If you are a woman and care about your health, the next two days are dedicated to you.

The Women’s Health Conference, put on by the Aspen Center for Integral Health (ACIH), will take place Friday and Saturday.

The conference dives into practical applications of the latest health research. The program highlights what new findings mean to women in their daily lives. From “living greener” to feeding families and ourselves in a better, healthier way, key aspects of healthy mind, body, relationships and environment will be covered.

Sponsors plan to hold the event annually.

Friday’s events will be comprised of presentations by leading experts on the topics of fitness, hormones, eating organically, cardiovascular disease and living a healthy life.

On Saturday, participants can turn the theories into practice in small, customized workshops.

Dr. Pamela Peeke, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland and an expert in the fields of fitness, nutrition and women’s health, will cover all topics related to fitness, but specifically the challenges women face in aging.

She’ll discuss body composition and metabolism issues during her lecture and then teach people how to address these issues in real ways with pragmatic advice on Saturday during a workshop at the Aspen Club.

Sara Snow, a green lifestyle expert for the Discovery Channel, will talk about small steps that can be made in saving the planet and preserving your body by eating organically.

She will focus on small, yet important changes that people can make to their eating habits, and then on Saturday, Snow will host a workshop at a private Aspen home that includes an organic cooking demonstration.

“This is part of a symposium geared toward working women in the valley who make it all happen, and Sara will help us make a good cost-benefit analysis when shopping,” said Michele Lueck, executive director of ACIH.

Dr. Alan Altman, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, will debunk the myths of hormone therapy during his lecture on Friday.

Friday afternoon, Dr. Robert Vogel, professor of medicine and director of clinical vascular biology at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, will focus on the real science of lifestyle choices and healthy hearts. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer for women in the United States.

Adrienne Ressler, the national training director for the Renfrew Center Foundation and a licensed social worker, will host a workshop Saturday that offers her expertise on body image.

The underlying theme of the conference is that with so much information regarding health being disseminated, it can be nearly paralyzing to absorb. The experts at the conference will break it down for people so they can lead a more healthy lifestyle.

“It’s about knowing what do with this information and how we make decisions at the end of the day,” Lueck said.

ACIH has recognized that because women are the dominant purchasers of health care, a conference ought to be designed around them. And because the scientific community has focused on the differences between men and women in recent years, the ACIH aims to bring that research to the forefront.

The organization, which recently held its big annual fundraiser, the James Bond Gala, in the past has been viewed as an inclusive club in the valley. The women’s conference is changing that notion.

“We suffer from that reputation of a club atmosphere of Red Mountain ladies,” Lueck said. “But we are trying to get our message to a broader audience.”

Tickets for the conference can be purchased by calling 920-2957 or showing up for the conference at the Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows.



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