Community Medical Center’s Women’s Health Advisory Council Announces Special Program for Mothers and Daughters
“A Time for Us” designed especially for High School Students and their Moms
TOMS RIVER, NJ, FEBRUARY 14, 2008 – Community Medical Center’s Women’s Health Advisory Council will sponsor a special program called “A Time for Us” designed for mothers and their daughters to come together to listen to and discuss important health topics in a relaxed and non-threatening environment.
The program will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Route 37 in Toms River.
Michele Lardieri, divisional director of Community Health Services at Community Medical Center, said, “This unique program is designed to educate high school-aged girls and their moms on current health care topics and to increase communication between mother and daughter.”
Speakers at the event include physicians and health professionals who will cover a variety of topics. Obstetrician/gynecologist Marie Bonvicino, MD will discuss the relatively new HPV vaccine (more commonly known as Guardasil) which is now available to young women to help prevent cervical cancer. Obstetrician/gynecologist Lesley Furman, MD, will present a lecture on Breast Self Exams (BSE) and why it is never to young to start this monthly routine which can help detect breast cancer long before a mammogram. Donald Erwin, PhD, will present a lecture on healthy body image and eating disorders; and obstetrician/gynecologist Lisa Vernon will discuss what young girls can expect at their first gynecologic exam.
Lardieri said these topics are often “taboo” between mothers and daughters, and parents don’t know how to broach these subjects with their children. “We hope to offer a relaxed setting where mothers and daughters can learn about topics they wouldn’t normally discuss together, and have the opportunity to ask health professionals questions about these sensitive issues which are of utmost importance to a young woman’s overall health.”
The program is free, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. Program funding is provided by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central and South Jersey Affiliates and the Community Medical Center Foundation.
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