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  September 27, 2004

Conference To Highlight Women's Well-Being

The link between mind, body, and spirit is the focus of the third annual conference of Celebrate Women, the Health Center's free membership program for women. This year's master of ceremonies is NBC 30 News anchorwoman Janet Peckinpaugh.

The event, titled "The Heart of a Woman: A Mind/Body/Spirit Connection," hosts experts in health, social work, and the healing arts.

The panel includes Dr. Anthea Woodley, director of Windham Hospital's Preventive Cardiology Center, who will talk about heart disease prevention for women; Carolyn Jacobs, dean of the Smith College School of Social Work; and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft chair and professor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., who will discuss religion and spirituality; and Dorothy Martin-Neville, founder and president of the Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences LLC, in West Hartford, who will address the emotional and spiritual aspects of disease and wellness.

"There's a lot of excitement about this year's conference," says Diane Bennett, director of Celebrate Women. "We've gathered experts to talk about three important facets that help create and energize women, and we're delighted that Ms. Peckinpaugh has agreed to 'anchor' our conference."

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at LaRenaissance Banquet Facility in Windsor. Registration with refreshments begins at 4 p.m.; dinner and presentations begin at 5 p.m.

The conference is open to the public. "It's a chance for women to get together, enjoy each other's company, and learn about issues that relate to their well-being," says Bennett.

Tickets are $40 for members of Celebrate Women and $50 for others. Checks, payable to Celebrate Woman, may be sent to Celebrate Women, MC4060, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06034-4060. For more information about the event and Celebrate Women, call 860.679.3106.

The conference is sponsored by Celebrate Women, and by the Women's Center at the Storrs campus. Additional sponsors include, the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, Hoffman Auto Group, and the American Heart Association.