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Womens’ wellness is focus of hospital workshop

Renee Shadforth

At the 14th annual Women’s Wellness Weekend the approach is so holistic that women can receive urinalysis lab tests and participate in a drum circle all in the same weekend.

The event, put on by the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, combines four days of women’s physical, mental and spiritual wellness activities at The Resort at Squaw Creek.

“Health care research has shown that women are the health-care decision-makers in the family,” said Janet Brady, director of health promotions for Tahoe Forest Hospital District. “We certainly want women in our community to be educated on the most recent research and most recent facts on health.”

Some of the workshops will be presented by internationally known speakers in the medical, culinary and other health-related arenas.

Dr. John LaPuma, the New York Times best-selling author of “New Age,” will present “Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat” on Saturday. Deborah Madison, chef and author of “Local Flavors,” will discuss “Seeking and Finding America’s Local Flavors” on Saturday afternoon.

Dr. William B. Stewart and his wife, Susy Stewart, will present a series of workshops on “Wisdom Practices for Self-Care.” One of the workshops will be a free community presentation at Truckee Elementary on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Stewart is the co-founder of the Institute for Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

In the spirit of the weekend, Stewart said he will discuss what he calls a broad approach to self-care.

“Health really involves everything,” he said. “It’s not just about one thing – it’s about everything.”

Stewart said he and his wife “blend rational and objective with the sacred and subjective” in their workshops.

Local physicians will also present workshops. Dr. Haven Ritchie will discuss women and depression.

“I hope this will heighten awareness of depression as an illness and that women suffer from it a lot more (than men),” Ritchie said.

Among other activities, local professionals will present morning workouts, discussions on mental health and heart-healthy meals. There will also be a film festival, health fair and options for spa services.

For more information on Women’s Wellness Weekend and pricing, call 582-3483 or (800) 733-9953, ext. 3483. Pre-registration is required for the free community workshop on Thursday and free child care will be provided. Call 582-3483 to register.


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