How Is Your Health? National Women’s Health Week

May 11, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez,
(806) 743-2143

LUBBOCK – In an effort to prove the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and University Medical Center Health System are joining forces for National Women’s Health Week activities, May 15 – 19.

A Brown Bag Lunch series will be offered on May 15, 17 and 19.

Women in the community can benefit from a series of presentations with health professionals. Angila M. Faison, vice president for communications and marketing at the Health Sciences Center said organizers are hoping to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health.

“Women’s health and living a healthier lifestyle are often viewed as being complex,” Faison said. “We want to simplify this information in a fun and interactive environment so that women can make informed choices about living a healthier lifestyle. That is our number one goal in promoting National Women’s Health Week.”

The luncheons all will be held at the Health Sciences Center, 3601 Fourth St., Academic Classroom Building Room 120. Topics are:

Monday, May 15
“A User’s Guide to High Heels”
Speight Grimes, M.D., Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock-Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

“Tai Chi and Women’s Health”
Ming Chyu, Ph.D., health exercise and sports sciences, Texas Tech University

Wednesday, May 17

“Women’s Hearts”
Leigh Ann Jenkins, M.D., and Piraon Sutthiwan, M.D., Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock-Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology
“Healthy and Fun Exercise”
Mimi Zumwalt, M.D., Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock-Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Friday, May 19

“Jest for the Health of It”
Kellie Flood-Shaffer, M.D., Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock-Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology

“The Change of Life-Menopause and Exercise”
Yondell Masten, Ph.D., Health Sciences Center School of Nursing

UMC Health System is sponsoring the brown bag lunches for the first 75 attending each day. Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock and the Health Sciences Center School of Nursing are sponsors of the event as well.

The Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urges women to reconnect with their health during National Women’s Health Week 2006.

“We want to tell all women in our community whether it is our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, or our friends to take time for themselves and become educated about their health,” Faison said.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (806) 743-2143.