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Women's Health Symposium focuses on creating calm


More than 550 people attended Virtua's fourth-annual Women's Health Symposium, which featured Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, as well as a wealth of information to help women find a healthy balance in their lives.

The day's theme, "Discover Calm in a Chaotic World," brought discussions on integrative medicine, yoga, fitness, relationships and staying fit and active. There was also a ballroom dance demonstration as a fun aside from the more serious topics. The day-long symposium, held October 11 at The Enterprise Center on the Burlington County College campus in Mount Laurel, was sold out for more than a month.

"A big part of Virtua's mission is giving people the tools and information they need to maintain healthy lifestyles," said Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. "As the family's caregivers, we know women will take the lead in carrying the wellness message to their families, friends and neighbors."

The integrative medicine workshop provided an explanation of holistic practice can be integrated modern medicine. Participants in the yoga session were guided through exercise and meditation methods that can be used at home or at the office, even while sitting in a chair. There was a "Tea Room" with comfortable chairs and healthy snacks where the participants could relax and hear about tea's beneficial health effects while enjoying a cup.

The educational sessions in the morning and early afternoon were followed by Davis, who was interviewed by Philadelphia Magazine writer Carol Saline. Davis talked about life as an actress, how she was shy as a youngster as well as causes that are close to her heart. She also talked about how she juggles her many responsibilities, including raising three young children.

Known for starring in movies like "Thelma & Louise," and "A League of Their Own" and the television show "Commander In Chief," Davis has had many non-stereotypical roles. "I've always chosen things that seem interesting or challenging to me," she said. "I want to play the baseball player, not the girlfriend of the baseball player."

She also shared several bits of wisdom with the crowd. "You can't judge yourself every day. You do as well as you can do at the time you are doing it."
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.