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IUP Women's Conference focuses on heart health

by IUP News Service on May 22, 2013 10:50 AM

The sixth annual Women’s Conference at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will be held May 29 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The conference, which focuses this year on women’s heart health, is sponsored by the IUP President’s Commission on the Status of Women, with Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Spirit of Women program as the co-sponsor. The deadline to register is Thursday.

Titled “Women Have Heart,” the conference will feature a number of hourlong workshops on topics such as urban gardening, raising your iPhone IQ, mindfulness and meditation, women’s self-defense, tai chi, healthy eating, the sandwich generation, office exercise and financial planning.

Keynote speaker will be Amy Heinl, of Pittsburgh, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. A 1991 IUP graduate and mother of three, Heinl exercised regularly and had no family history of heart disease when, at age 40, she nearly died of a heart condition known as spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Heinl will discuss her experience with the potentially fatal condition and her path to recovery and wellness.

Participants may attend the conference for a full day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or just the morning or afternoon session. Both half-day sessions include lunch and the keynote presentation.

The cost to attend is $50 for a full day or $35 for a half day. A reduced rate of $30 is offered to Indiana Regional Medical Center employees, Spirit of Women members, IUP retirees and current IUP students.

IUP employees may attend for free.

Vending/display tables will be available at the conference and may be reserved for $35 each.

To register for the conference or to reserve a vendor table, go to the women’s commission website, www.iup.edu/womenscommission, or call (724) 357-4077.

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