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‘Partners for Healthy Women’ to focus on knowledge, empowerment

For many women, life can sometimes get in the way of taking care of both physical and mental health. Whether it’s building a career or raising a family, it can seem like there’s always something in the way of taking time for themselves.

Women 30 and older 30 and older are invited to attend the Partners for Healthy Women Conference, sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital, Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio and the UT Center for Health and Successful Living, located on Main Campus.

“The purpose of this event is to equip women with knowledge that will empower them to live healthier lives. We want to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of all women living in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan,” said Dr. Tim Jordan, professor in the School of Population Health and executive co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living. “We want each woman in attendance to walk away with new knowledge, new inspiration and new motivation to put into practice those things that they learn at this conference.”

Jordan explained how the topics being addressed relate to women in this age group: “We have chosen topics that touch on some of the most prevalent and pressing health issues for women over 30, including heart disease, cancer, menopause, diabetes, physical activity and living with loss.”

The conference will take place Saturday, March 18, in St. Luke’s Hospital Auditorium. Sign in and breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of health vendors also will be present to offer free health screenings. Special guest speakers from The University of Toledo will be Jordan; Dr. Amy Thompson, professor in the School of Population Health and co-director of the Center for Health and Successful Living; and Kerri Knippen, registered dietitian and nutrition instructor.

Registration is required in advance. Registration cost Registration for the event will be held at 8:15 a.m., with the session running from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cost to attend is $10 and includes a continental breakfast as well as a catered lunch.

To register, call 419.897.8484 or send an email to contactus@stlukeshospital.com.

“Women’s health issues should be a priority for all of us,” Jordan said. “Considering the prominent roles that women play in society and in our families, it is very important that women are equipped with accurate health knowledge that will help them to improve their own health and also the health of their friends and family members.”

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