More than 400 people recently joined Monmouth Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas
Health facility, and WEforum, a female-led organization whose mission
is to strengthen the health and wellness of communities within New Jersey,
for the inaugural WEforum Women’s Health and Wellness Conference
held at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch.
WEforum targets women because they’re often the guardians of health
maintenance for their families, as well as for themselves. Capsulizing
the deeper mission of WEforum is their tagline, “When you educate
a woman, she empowers her family, and together WE can evolve a community.”
The day-long conference, designed to provide an opportunity for participants
to gain a fuller understanding of caring for their health and that of
their family’s through education and early prevention, featured
more than 30 workshops led by renowned experts from medical and health-related
disciplines, including keynote speaker Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., food
advocate, professor and best-selling author.
“Thanks to this partnership of more than 100 dynamic, forward-thinking
Monmouth County women volunteers and Monmouth Medical Center, the inaugural
WEforum featured workshops on a gamut of health and wellness issues with
the focus of changing the health care paradigm and helping the community
become healthier,” said Bill Arnold, President and CEO, Monmouth
Medical Center. “We are truly grateful to WEforum for targeting
proceeds of the conference to support free educational health and wellness
programs and services developed by Monmouth Medical Center to make vital
health care information accessible to the entire community.”
Additionally, the event featured 10 free health screenings from Monmouth
Medical Center, giveaways and raffles and a vendor fair with more than
85 local vendor tables, including medical practices, health care facilities
and businesses in the fitness, food, cosmetics and wellness education fields.
Through the support of initiatives such as WEforum, Monmouth Medical Center
offers a wide range of free preventative screenings, support groups and
health education programs for children, adult and seniors to promote healthy
lifestyles through wellness and prevention.
PHOTO: CAPTION: WEforum keynote speaker Dr. Marion Nestle is shown here with Meghann
Marturano, WEforum Committee Member, Speaker Liaison.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health
facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals
and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College
of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical
Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many
technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other
minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by
HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care
quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity
care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional
leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery.
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