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Lectures explore women’s health

Katherine Morris

The goal of any hospital district should be more than just treating people when they are sick or injured.

“It’s also about finding ways to keep the community healthy and out of the hospital,” says Janet Brady, event organizer and director of Health Promotions for Tahoe Forest Hospital District.

That is the driving force behind TFHD’s upcoming Women’s Wellness Weekend, scheduled for Nov. 15-17 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

The event, which is celebrating its thirteenth year, features a series of speakers, health workshops, screenings and spa treatments, and caters to women of all ages and backgrounds.

“The reason we do this is simply to provide an opportunity for women to get relaxed, rejuvenated and educated on the most current medical information,” Brady said. “The main idea is that health issues are constantly changing and we want to try and provide people with access to the most up-to-date, current health information.”

Tricia Hellman-Gibbs, MD, who runs a free clinic in the Bay Area, will be trying to do just that with her presentation on health screenings.

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“There are so many tests out there now that it can be really confusing for people when it comes to time to decide which tests are right for them,” Hellman-Gibbs said. “The point of my talk will be to not only describe these tests, but also help women determine which ones are right for their individual health risks and needs.”

“That’s really the whole purpose of this weekend – to help people find ways to improve the length and quality of their lives,” she added.

Throughout the weekend, a host of local physicians and other health care providers from out-of-the-area will be volunteering their time to lead some 30 workshops and talks on various women’s health issues.

One highlight of this year’s event will be an inspirational talk from the “Gusty Grandmas,” the local duo that competed in CBS’s reality-based adventure show, The Amazing Race. Peggy Kuhn, 63, and Claire Jinks, 66, will share their wild adventures as well as their secrets to emotional and physical well being at any age.

Aside from health information, the weekend offers a chance for women to rejuvenate with a deep tissue massage and other first-class spa treatments, discounted fitness assessments and luxury accommodations at the Resort at Squaw Creek, which is offering special rates for the event.

Things actually kick-off on Thursday evening, Nov. 14, at Truckee Elementary School which a special parenting workshop hosted by Sandy Queen, a nationally renowned speaker and author. The evening, entitled, “How to be a parent and a human too,” will be held from 6-8 p.m.

On Friday, Queen will be traveling around from school to school, meeting with students and teachers.

Friday will feature a preconference and fitness assessments, while Saturday boasts a full day of health workshops, several keynote speakers and a women’s drumming circle.

“The drumming circle will be a great chance for everyone to come together for a physically and emotionally healing experience,” Brady said. “Drumming is also a great physical workout, which not many people might realize.”

On Sunday, the weekend will conclude with a special women’s health fair and exercise workshops.

Sponsors of this year’s Women’s Wellness Weekend include Health Magazine, Subaru, The Resort at Squaw Creek and Dannon.

The cost of the event varies based on activities and scholarships are available for those women who cannot afford the event.

“We also offer discounted rates for women who sign up with a buddy and encourage mothers and daughters or aunts and cousins and groups of friends to come together,” Brady added.

Brady said she hopes women, of all ages, will take the time to participate in this special event, which has been awarded by the National Council on Aging.

“We realize how busy women are with the kids and caregiving and work, but I’d encourage them to come out for this – make it a weekend getaway and pamper yourself,” she said. “It’s so important that we take the time to take better care of ourselves because if we don’t, we won’t be able to take care of others well either.”

For more information or to register, please call Tahoe Forest Hospital at 582-3483.