Making Women’s Health Matter

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Each January, close to 20,000 women and their families seize the chance to learn more about the latest information, news and research findings on women’s health, diseases and lifestyle trends. Entering its ninth year, the Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo, organized by Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, is the only event of its kind in Canada to give attendees the unique chance to speak one-on-one to the nation’s leading medical experts.

The 2005 event, to be held on Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building) is promising to be bigger and better than ever. The Forum & Expo offers both an expo hall showcasing 150 health-related services and organizations, as well as products and valuable information and also 40 seminars.

Stephen Lewis, United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDs in Africa and Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, will give this year’s keynote address. Lewis will bring his unique understanding of gender and a profound sense of urgency to the issue of HIV/AIDs in Africa.

“Accessibility is a key theme this year – we want everyone in attendance to hear the keynote speech by Stephen Lewis and take in the showcase events on the main stage,” say Jocelyn Palm and Cheryl Heyd, coordinators of the Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo. “The event truly represents ‘something for everyone’, not only do we have important presentations by the country’s top experts, there’s also a fun element, including a ‘belly dancing as fitness’ demonstration.”

In addition to accessibility, which includes free admission for students and seniors, the event offers sessions to engage all ages. The popular “Sex on the Couch” session returns, targeting high school girls with a focus on dating, school, sex and health. A session on bullying addresses strategies for dealing with intimidation.

The midlife years sessions include “Midlife Marathon?” by Dr. Jean Marmoreo, a Sunnybrook & Women’s physician and founder of Jean’s Marines as well as sessions on colorectal cancer screening by Canadian expert Dr. Linda Rabeneck and tips for caring for aging family in sessions on the “elderboom”.

“We’re proud to be a sponsor of the Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo because it brings awareness to some very serious health issues that women face in this country and all over the world,” says Michael A. Grimaldi, President of General Motors Canada and major sponsor of the event.

To learn more about the event, please visit www.womenshealthmatters.ca or call 416.323.6000.