TOMS RIVER, NJ, OCTOBER 20, 2010– Community Medical Center will present 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.
This FREE dinner program will be held on Wednesday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Quality Inn on Route 37 in Toms River.
Karen Purcell, program coordinator 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 HPV vaccine (more commonly known as Guardasil) which is now available to young women to help prevent cervical cancer. Obstetrician/gynecologists Lesley Furman, MD, and Aliona Maxwell, MD, will talk about what to expect at your first gynecologic exam. Obstetrician/gynecologist Anupama Sunkavalli, MD, will discuss pap smears, breast exams and mammography including when to begin these tests and how often to have them. Social worker Carly Proper, MSW, will discuss healthy body image and the importance of establishing healthy peer relationships.
Purcell said these topics are often difficult for mothers and daughters to begin to discuss. She said, “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, and dinner and door prizes are included. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling (732) 557-3202. Program funding is provided by a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central and South Jersey Affiliate.
October 20, 2010
Kristine A. Brown
Director of Public Relations
Saint Barnabas Health Care System
Community, Kimball & Monmouth Medical Centers
PH: (732) 557-3902
Cell: (732) 996-2287
FX: (732) 557-3901
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