Health & Wellness Pavilion

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The Massachusetts Conference for Women is committed to your health and well-being.

The Boston Scientic Health & Wellness Pavilion will feature:

• Expert Speakers
• Chair Massages
• Healthy Snacks
• Product Demonstrations

Health & Wellness Classroom

11:05 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Reducing the Use of Antibiotics With an Innovative Dietary Approach
SpeakerChristina Khoo, Ph.D., director of global health science & regulatory a airs, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

The world is quickly running out of antibiotics to treat even the simplest infections. Health experts warn that antibiotic-re- sistant “superbugs” will turn simple infections, like urinary tract infections, into fatalities if new treatments aren’t developed. But are new antibiotics the only answer to solving this public health crisis? Based on the science and over 50 years of research, learn how cranberries can be an innovative dietary approach to maintain health and may help reduce the use of certain antibiotics.

11:25 a.m. Q&A with Christina Khoo

12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?
SpeakerMariana Rodrigues, national program director for Close the Gap, Boston Scientific

Heart disease causes more deaths in Americans of both genders and all racial and ethnic groups than any other disease. The good news is that by understanding your risks, you can take charge of your heart health. What tests should you have and when should you have them? What are your risk factors for developing heart disease and stroke, and what can you do about them? Attend this roundtable to get answers to these questions and much more!

12:55 p.m. Q&A with Mariana Rodrigues

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. A Woman’s Reproductive Potential, Egg Freezing and You: Understanding Your Options in the 21st Century
SpeakerMary C. Mahony, Ph.D., vice president, fertility and endocrinology, U.S. Medical Affairs, EMD Serono 

If you, a family member or a friend is thinking about having a baby someday but aren’t ready now, this is an opportunity to learn all you can about a woman’s fertility potential (biological clock), the benefits and risks of delaying childbearing, and the facts about egg freezing. This interactive presentation will address the top challenges and answer your pressing questions to help start you on that path.

11:25 a.m. Q&A with Mary Mahony

3:25–3:45 p.m. Become Fitter Together With a Shared Purpose and a Workout Buddy
Speakers: Martina Jahrbacher, VP, concept-to-consumer, Reebok International
Kathleen Tullie, director, social responsibility, Reebok International and founder & executive director, BOKS

“Movements are sparked by actions, but mobilized by a network.” Research shows that partnering up with a friend, colleague, co-worker or other person in your known or unknown environment can make a lot of difference to finding to a regular workout routine by offering motivation and accountability. This interactive session will get you up and moving, and also offer practical tools and techniques to start a fitness partner routine. Learn how to carve out the time and create a system that works for your unique situation. Kathleen and Martina will use their real-life experiences as Reebok leaders and fitness buddies to illustrate how their shared purpose for health and wellness has propelled them to new heights through a workout buddy system — allowing them to become more fit and build community at the same time. Walk away inspired and ready to start your new routine.

3:45 p.m. Q&A with Martina Jahrbacher & Kathleen Tullie

3:50 pm–4:10 pm Sit Happens, So What Are You Going to Do About It?
Speaker: Samantha Hand, government contracting & pricing compliance officer, Johnson & Johnson

Our bodies weren’t made to sit all day, however the sitting state is almost inevitable — in the car, at the desk, on the couch or in meetings. Sitting is what we do the majority of our days, and doing it all day takes a toll on our bodies and can increase your risk for heart disease. But how do we avoid the urge to sit? Learn from Samantha Hand, who took control of how much she was sitting and developed a plan to counteract its negative effects. By incorporating more movement into her workday, she upped her daily activity and lessened the amount of time she was sitting. She will share her strategies for making this change so you too can get your “sit” together.

4:10 p.m. Q&A with Samantha Hand

4:15–4:35 pm Sweet Nothings: The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols
Speaker: Karen Bentley, author, The Sugar-Free Miracle Diet Handbook, creator, End Food Addiction Bootcamp & founder, The Sugar-Free Institute

To eat or not to eat artificial sweeteners, that’s the basic question we explore in this session. What’s the difference, for example, between artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, stevia and all the confusing blended products found on grocery store shelves? Are some safer or at least less objectionable than others? What are the guidelines for daily consumption, and will these substances actually result in weight loss, lowered blood sugar or a reduction in food cravings? Get answers to all these questions and participate in a short how-to exercise so you can independently interpret product labels and make smart, informed decisions about what you put in your mouth.

4:35 p.m. Q&A with Karen Bentley

1:1 Life Integration Coaching Sessions

“Having it all” has become the subject of countless books, articles, debates and social media commentary, with passions running high in all directions. With such a wide spectrum of priorities, workloads and resources for women, it is impossible to define balance. In fact, many believe that the ideal doesn’t actually exist. You may not be able to “have it all” at once, but you can find a way to “have it all” over the course of your career.

Take advantage of a private 1:1 Life Integration Coaching Session with an ICF certified life coach and learn how to do less “doing” and more “being”! is not about theory — participants will address your specific and unique life situation to create a customized action plan for making choices that matter to you, right now! Using valuable tools and exercises, you will leave armed with actionable takeaways to implement a life integration plan that addresses how to:

· Prioritize and integrate what matters most to you (and sort through the clutter in your brain);
· Make choices that matter today and accept trade-offs;
· Create relaxation and restoration practices;
· Build in sustainability strategies;
· And much more …

30-minute sessions are first-come, first-served—no advance sign-up required!

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