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Women’s Wellness Weekend | A Wealth of Health

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Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun
The Village at Squaw Valley provided a cozy atmosphere at Tahoe Forest Health System's Women's Wellness Weekend.
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As part of Tahoe Forest Health System’s ongoing commitment to community health issues, the 19th annual Women’s Wellness Weekend was held last weekend in the Village at Squaw Valley.

The weekend opened with Wendy Buchanan, MS, and Jill Whisler, MS, RD’s The Can-Do Plan, a step-by-step guide to get lasting results through a self-coaching process of exercise and nutrition.

and#8220;We’re all in this together,and#8221; said Christina R. Campbell, ND, DC, in a presentation about natural solutions to menopause. About 40 female heads nodded agreement, as they learned about physiological changes and a variety of therapies to aid with common symptoms such as mood swings and night sweats.

Partitions were removed to accommodate the and#8220;Sex, sex and more sexand#8221; enthusiasts. Presenter Shawni L. Coll, DO, OB/GYN said she would nix the clinical language and get down and dirty, which delighted the audience. From clinical explanations to a few light examples of and#8220;femaleand#8221; erotica, Coll captivated young and old alike.

Saturday’s forums covered a gamut of health issues, from Pelvic Wellness, The Sun and Your Skin, Cross Training and Exercise as Medicine, to the Fantasy Partner Always Disappoints: How to get the Most Satisfaction From Your Relationships.

Sunday was fun day with a morning hike in Squaw Valley, Butts and Guts, Outdoor Ski Conditioning, Boot Camp and more. Women mingled, chatted and educated themselves at the Health Fair, which included body fat testing, bone density screening, gait analysis, Reiki, brow waxing and chair massage. Betsy Taylor, R.D. was on hand preparing heart-healthy items. and#8220;We are promoting healthy food and reducing carbon emission,and#8221; she said. and#8220;It’s easy, from using less plastic packaging to shopping locally.and#8221;

and#8220;This is such a lovely, upbeat vibe,and#8221; said Lydia Sparksworthy of Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, whose display included books about cooking, menopause, very light women’s erotica, and and#8220;Audacious Aging,and#8221; a compilation with a chapter by local author and presenter Nancy Swayzee. and#8220;It’s good to feel the joy and excitement here,and#8221; said Sparksworthy.

Susan Train, from Tahoe Forest Hospital’s labor and delivery, was excited to share information about birthing and babies, especially the ongoing Baby and Me classes, with an emphasis on feeding baby naturally. and#8220;Formula is out!and#8221; said Train. As generations of women know, breastfeeding is best.

Many women chose to participate in the low-cost lab draw previous to the Health Fair, with results waiting for interpretation with a TFH staff member. Cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, glucose, calcium and potassium were key components of the screening. Colleen Conners-Pace, MA, exercise physiologist interpreted the Achilles Bone Ultrasonometer, giving a bone density screening on the spot.

The Women’s Wellness Weekend offered the community’s female half a chance to gather, learn, recreate, relax and relate in the comfort of the Village at Squaw Valley. For more information about the Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.