NBC’s Today Show anchor, Meredith Vieira, will be the guest moderator at the Healthy Woman’s Forum, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Princeton Westin Hotel. She will join a distinguished group of physicians and mental health experts from throughout the greater Princeton area who will participate in an interactive forum designed to focus on women’s health. The event will be featured on an upcoming segment of The Today Show.

The theme of the forum is "Changing Your Life for a Healthier Future; It’s About Time!" The goal is for women to gain greater awareness and knowledge and learn healthy practices that can enrich their lives during critical transitions from their 30s into their 80s. "It’s about taking the time to care for their physical and mental health needs," one of the forum’s two organizers, Joyce Hofmann explains. Hofmann is president of the Princeton-based Weight Loss Corp.

"We want to bring women together of all ages and have a conversation about our own health-related experiences," says Dr. Sharon Rose Powell, a co-organizer of the event. Powell is a psychologist and founder of Princeton Psychological Partners. Other sponsors for the June 1 forum are the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Princeton Sports and Family Medicine.

One of the main differences between this event and other conferences is that all of the participants will have an opportunity not only to listen and ask questions during the morning workshops, but to engage in a dialogue with each other. "We have designed an interactive event," says Powell. "This gathering will respect the personal experiences and knowledge of women in attendance as they actively participate in conversations with physicians and other health care professionals."

Among the issues that the women participants will discuss are how women can stay on top of their game physically, sexually and mentally; how to lose weight and finally keep it off, how to use the power of healing to increase mind-body wellness and how women can raise their children with less stress. Women will also have opportunities to learn about how to balance their hormones, emotions and nutritional needs; explore matters of the breast; and learn how to face anxiety and fears head on.

One of the highlights of the Forum will be the lunchtime panel led by Meredith Vieira talking with a dynamic group of panelists about the critical transitions and challenges that they have faced. Panelists include Kathleen Thomsen, M.D., MPH, a board-certified physician in Integrative Holistic Medicine; Anne-Marie Slaughter, J.D., D.Phil., former Director of Policy Planning who worked closely with Hillary Clinton and who is now a Professor of Politics at Princeton University; Amy Robach, a national correspondent for NBC Nightly News and a co-anchor of Today Show’s Weekend Edition, and her husband Andrew Shue, an actor and founder of Cafemom; and Stephanie Byerly, M.D., recently named Chief of Staff at Zale Lipshy Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

For more information about the event, visit the website HealthyWomansForum.com. Enrollment is limited.

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