See video highlights of the event above, and here.
I was thrilled to attend as Press the recent Women's Wellness Symposium, "Breathe," held on Sunday March 13th at Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. The half-day symposium offered a wide range of workshops and sessions designed to deepen our spiritual, family, and business lives, from preparing for unexpected events, to nutrition tips, to enhancing our relationships with our loved ones, particularly our spouses and our children. A common theme throughout the day was that as women, we tend to put our own needs on the backburner in the face of life events, stresses, and challenges. But the conference reiterated what many of us may have heard before --but needed to hear again--that without an appreciation for and understanding of what we as women need in order to fuel and nurture ourselves, we are not at our best with our families and loved ones.
I encourage all women in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area to take advantage of events such as these at the JCC, or in their local areas, wherever they may live. It's a great way to take a "time out" for yourself, and step back from your life for just a bit. I know whenever I take a step back from mine, I always come back renewed and refreshed, and that conference certainly succeeded in doing that for me.
Below are highlights of the day!
|Here I am by the official schedule in the spacious and well-lit lobby. I liked how you felt as if you were outside even in the indoors.|
|The attentive audience took a lot of notes during the engaging Keynote luncheon speaker presentation, "Recharge, Renew, Re-engage, Creating a Life in Balance," given by Professor Ayala Malach-Pines, PhD (see below)|
|I enjoyed the mini-expo/exhibits in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, including financial services, health care, and crafts exhibitors.|
|An additional morning session I attended, "The Surprising Health Benefits of Wine and Chocolate," was led by Marni Rubin, owner of Wine One One. Marni gave a great presentation and spoke about the health benefits of red wine in particular, which has large amounts of the immunity fighting compound resveratrol. When it comes to chocolate, go for fair trade and high quality chocolates if you can, as these contain the highest amounts of healthy ingredients and a lower ratio of fat and fillers.|
Goody Bags and Your Chance to Win One!
Participants all received fun goody bags, including skin care samples, tumblers, gift certificates, and more. I have an extra to send to one lucky winner! Just comment here on what issue you think is the most important issue in women's health and wellness. A winner will be chosen on April 1...good luck!