Health New England Presents ‘Menopause Town Meeting’

SPRINGFIELD — Health New England continues its year-long focus on women’s health with A Menopause Town Meeting, set for Sept. 25, which will demystify menopause by offering hard facts on the subject.
The program will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in West Springfield.

The town meeting will feature two nationally known speakers from Brown University School of Medicine: Carol Landau, Ph.D., Anne W. Moulton, M.D., and Michelle G. Cyr, M.D. Landau is a clinical psychologist, and Moulton and Cyr are internists who specialize in women’s health. They co-authored the popular book, The Complete Book of Menopause: Every Woman’s Guide to Good Health.

The seminar will also address a timely topic: the benefits of estrogen, a common hormone-replacement therapy option for women. Original research suggested that estrogen helps protect women against heart disease and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. However, recent findings indicate that the hormone may not be as effective as once believed and may entail other risks.

The town meeting format will allow participants to question the experts and get on-the-spot answers.

The Menopause Town Meeting is part of a series of educational seminars held throughout 2002.The series will culminate with a ‘Women’s Night Out’ health fair on Oct. 16. The event will feature health screenings such as bone density, blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin analysis; seated and table massages; a panel of experts leading sessions on stress management and relaxation techniques, nutrition, and fitness; and a variety of exhibitors featuring a number of hobbies.

All events are open to the public and held at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel & Conference Center in West Springfield. Registration and a small fee will be charged. For information, contact Alres Dinnall at (800) 842-4464, ext. 3553.

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