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Geena Davis to speak at Virtua's Women's Health Symposium

Keynote speaker Geena Davis
Keynote speaker:
Geena Davis
Academy Award-winning actress

Discover Calm in a Chaotic World
A Day Dedicated to Finding a Healthy Balance in Your Life

Saturday, October 11, 2008
7:30 am to 3 pm
The Enterprise Center
Mt. Laurel, NJ

This Event is Sold Out

Find a Healthy Balance in Your Life. Learn how to maximize your mind and body to improve your overall health.

Today's hectic lifestyle can take a serious toll on your well-being. Sprinting to meet the vast demands of your family members and co-workers day after day will eventually cause your body and mind to run out of steam. Stop this unhealthy cycle now!

Focus on another important person in your life - you. Learn how to move through life meeting daily responsibilities while remaining peaceful and relaxed. From enlightening sessions on the benefits of yoga, integrative medicine, and methods for staying fit and active, you'll discover ways to enhance your quality of life.


(Lunch will be served continuously from 11 am to 2 pm)

7:30 to 8:30 am
Registration and breakfast

8:30 to 9 am

9 to 10 am
Breakout sessions:

10 to 11 am:
Breakout sessions:

11 am to noon
Breakout sessions:

Noon to 1 pm
Breakout session:

Dance Show 1*

1 to 2 pm
Breakout session:

Dance Show 2*

2 to 3 pm
Keynote Speaker Geena Davis

*Dance to a healthy beat
You've heard celebrities on the hit TV show "Dancing with the Stars" talk about the terrific workouts they received from performing the tango, foxtrot, and waltz. How can following in their footsteps benefit you? Dance instructors and students from Candlelight Ballroom in Cherry Hill, NJ, will demonstrate how these popular ballroom dances can energize both your mind and body.

Teas the Season
Did you know that tea can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, raise your metabolic rate, lower your stress level, and much more. Plus it has zero calories! Throughout the day, a variety of teas - including green, red, white, oolong and more - will be offered as well as information about the impact of the healthy beverage. Here's to your health!

Keynote speaker
Geena Davis

An Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress, Geena Davis is one of the most respected women in Hollywood. She has dazzled movie audiences with her brilliant roles in critically acclaimed movies as "A League of Their Own" and "Thelma & Louise" as well as the "Accidental Tourist," for which she received an Academy Award. Ms. Davis received a Golden Globe for her small-screen portrayal of the first female president of the United States on the TV show "Commander in Chief." When not on camera, she is a skilled musician, world-class archer and a champion for gender equity. She has founded The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which focuses on dramatically increasing the percentage of female characters - and reducing gender stereotyping - in movies, TV and other media aimed at children 11 and under.

Guest Interviewer
Carol Saline
Senior Writer for Philadelphia Magazine

Breakout sessions (each session will run twice; Dance Show will run twice)

Gentle Yoga for Every Body
No matter your age or physical condition, gentle yoga practice can benefit you. Yoga can help reduce stress and soothe emotions - leading you to peacefulness and a happier state of mind. Learn how to calm your mind through gentle movements that stretch your body and through seated breathing and meditation techniques.

  • Cynthia Mathis is an experienced registered yoga teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Her "Yoga for Healthy Bones" class has been featured in the New York Times.

    Relationship with Me, Myself & I
    Learn how to build a deeper, more authentic connection with yourself. Get better access to the inner voice in your mind. Learn techniques to adjust the volume and pay attention to what you are saying to yourself and how you are saying it. Join us in the journey to discover greater appreciation of yourself and enjoy the benefits of connecting with others in a more meaningful way.

  • Laurie Patlin Suttenberg, LCSW, DCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of mood-related disorders as well as workplace issues and self-growth.

  • Susan N. Haffert, LCSW, BCD, is a licensed clinical social worker who focuses on the treatment of anxiety and depression in women and adolescents.

    Integrative Medicine: The Healing Power Within
    Modern medicine often produces miraculous cures. But holistic practices, which have been in existence for thousands of years, can often complement modern medicine. The practice of applying them in concert, when appropriate, is referred to as integrative medicine. Join this session to learn how alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and kinesiology can be used to complement modern western medicine.

  • Polina Karmazin, MD, is a Board Certified family physician who offers patients a unique blend of modern medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy and counseling.

    Invigorate your life by staying fit and keeping active
    Exercising has a variety of health benefits in addition to improving your figure and making you feel stronger. Proper physical activity and conditioning, combined with a healthy diet, can help you sleep better, give you a more positive outlook on life and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health issues. Learn how staying fit can enhance your body and mind and provide you with a better picture of health.

  • Christopher Carey, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is co-director of Virtua's Sports Medicine program.

  • Irene Boyle, RN, is a registered nurse who works with patients seeking to lose weight through the New Beginnings and FitSmart programs at Virtua.

    Creating the life you want out of the life you have
    Do you want to proactively change aspects of your life, but the fear of doing so prevents you from making even the simplest modification? Acknowledge your fears and learn how you can move forward to the life you want. Learn how this liberating approach can foster new and exciting possibilities.

  • Ralph P. Cioffi, DOD, is a published author who is currently compiling a series of articles he wrote into a long awaited book titled "Allowing Space." He was the co-founder of the former health and wellness center Dream Fields.

    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, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine 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. Virtua employs more than 8,700 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 or