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Keynote Speakers, Medical Speakers & Experts on Women's Health
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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter
(Topics: Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Cancer), One of TV's favorite mothers, Meredith appeared on the popular show, "Family Ties". While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, and other challenges while raising five children. Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also released her memoir, "Untied". From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.

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Tracey Conway
Tracey Conway
People love a great make-over: witness Emmy award-winning actress Tracey Conway's "THEN" and "NOW" photos. Her story inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her cardiac arrest - twenty minutes without a heartbeat - and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway's programs where she shares the lessons she learned, not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most - a very rare second chance at life! Whether she's detailing her whirlwind appearance on "Oprah," or explaining the heart arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation, her delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

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Cynthia Green, PhD
Cynthia Green, PhD
One of America's foremost memory fitness and brain health experts, Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. is a speaker, author and spokesperson, currently serving on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she founded The Memory Enhancement Program. The success of this widely praised program led to the publication of Dr. Green's popular self-help book, Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness, which is now in its tenth printing and has been translated into four languages. Her latest book, Your Best Brain Ever, written in collaboration with the National Geographic Books, was named a "2013 Top Guide to Life After 50" by the Wall Street Journal.

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Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Recently named "Best Blogger of 2015" by Huffington Post for her articles focusing on positive aging Barbara Grufferman is also an inspirational host for AARP 's popular web series: "The Best of Everything with Barbara Hannah Grufferman." She is the author of "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" and a nationally recognized expert on positive aging. Grufferman writes the highly regarded front-page "Life After 50" column for Huffington Post, a weekly column for AARP, and is the 'Positive Living Expert' for GLOW Health & Wellness Magazine. She is a frequent guest on national and local radio and television shows. Her message to audiences is simple: "We can't control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it."

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Melina Jampolis, MD
Melina Jampolis, MD
An internist and board certified MD nutrition specialist, Dr. Melina is the Immediate Past President of National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, former diet & fitness expert for CNNHealth.com and is a featured physician expert on most major networks, frequently appearing on The Doctors. She was named 1 of 35 "Diet and Nutrition Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter." Dr. Melina's focus is on an optimal diet that can supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses - improving health, increasing vitality, delivering greater longevity and preventing diseases associated with aging including heart disease, age related muscle loss & fat gain, memory loss, dementia & Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and the physical effects of aging.

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Jennie Nash
Jennie Nash
A rare breed, a writer who knows how to tell a story as powerfully on stage as she does on the page, Ms. Nash is seen in hundreds of national magazine articles for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest. Her specialty, for more than 20 years, has been writing about the small moments that give life meaning. On stage, Jennie brings her personal story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what adversity can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.

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Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack
Darryle Pollack is an author and "accidental " artist whose inspiring journey has made her a role model for resilience, authenticity and vitality. Her life has included a series of pioneering experiences: at Yale, in television journalism, health and social media. At the same time, challenges including Stage III breast cancer caused Darryle to say "I never signed up for this" so often, those words are the title of her TED talk, her book and her blog. An online influencer and thought leader, she mines her own life experiences and expertise to deliver her platform messages with humor, humanity, and hope.

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Devin Alexander
Devin Alexander
Media Personality, Healthy Comfort Food Chef, Weight Loss Expert, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Devin Alexander, is the Chef of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," author of all five Biggest Loser Cookbooks and Host of "America's Chefs on Tour" on PBS. Devin's unique approach to healthy cooking and her motivational personal story have landed her appearances on more weight loss and fitness shows than any other food expert or nutritionist in America. Having maintained her 70-pound weight loss for close to 20 years, she lives and eats her message: you don't have to deprive yourself to be fit and healthy. She teaches, The Secret of Food.

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Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD
Daniel Amen, MD is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Healing ADD; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study.

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Holly Atkinson, MD
Holly Atkinson, MD
Always candid, never afraid to "tell it like it is," Dr. Holly Atkinson guides audiences through the challenges that consumers face today including health care reform, women's health issues and the glut of medical information reported in the media. She sends her audiences home with the ability to be more intelligent about exercising their health care options, and more informed and less confused about medical issues currently confronting them. Award-winning medical journalist, Dr. Atkinson is currently medical editor-in-chief of EverydayHealth.com, one of the leading health sites on the Internet. She is immediate past-president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning non-profit organization, Physicians for Human Rights.

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Peter Attia
Peter Attia
Dr. Peter Attia is Co-Founder of Nutrition Science Initiative-dedicated to reducing the individual, social, and economic costs associated with obesity-related diseases (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease). His medical career began as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute working on immune-based treatments for cancer, while completing his residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Frustrated with certain aspects of medicine and health care, and the lack of focus in preventative health, he left his residency and joined McKinsey & Company, where he split his time between working on healthcare problems and financial system problems. Dr. Attia is one of "30 Most Influential People in Public Health - 2014."

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Lucinda Bassett
Lucinda Bassett
Few people have witnessed as many traumatic life experiences as mental health expert and CEO, Lucinda Bassett. From parental alcoholism, sexual molestation, numerous family deaths, and her husband's suicide, Lucinda has drawn on her pain, anxiety and emotional distress to create a powerful message of motivation, hope and inner peace. The author of four books on mental health including the best-seller, From Panic To Power," Lucinda has appeared as a guest on national TV shows including "Oprah" and "The View," and "Live With Regis and Kelly." Lucinda moves audiences with her powerful stories of loss and success and inspires them to conquer their own fears and tragedies and find happiness in their lives.

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Joan Borysenko, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Dr. Joan Borysenko has a powerfully clear personal vision: to bring science, medicine, psychology and spirituality together in the service of healing. Trained as both a medical scientist and a psychologist, Dr. Borysenko has gone beyond her traditional academic training and developed depth and breadth in a number of fields, including behavioral medicine, stress and well-being, psychoneuroimmunology, and women's health. On the leading edge of the mind/body revolution, she has become a world-renowned spokesperson for this new approach to health, sharing her pioneering work with a gentle graciousness, enthusiasm and humility.

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Joan Brock
Joan Brock
Working as a teacher of the blind at The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Joan Brock was forced to re-evaluate and transform her life when she lost her own vision in a mere three-week period of time. Through this difficult transition, Brock applied the skills she had been teaching to her own circumstances, and from there, discovered a natural transition to a professional speaking career. In her individually tailored presentations, Brock offers the benefit of her own experience as she addresses the topics of communication and dealing with change.

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Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(Topics: Substance Abuse; Family Depression, Domestic Violence) With an illustrious career encompassing stage, film, and television, Ellen Burstyn won the Tony Award as "Best Actress" for her starring role in "Same Time, Next Year," but it was her Academy Award-winning performance in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" for which Burstyn is best known. Lecturing throughout the country on a wide range of topics, Burstyn is especially committed to women's health issues and domestic violence awareness. She also shares her personal story of overcoming substance abuse and dealing with a family member who suffered from depression.

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Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN
A humorist, internationally recognized expert in therapeutic humor, and former nurse, Karyn Buxman began her career in speaking when she realized it didn't require white support pantyhose, didn't involve body fluids, and didn't have to be done in 12-hour shifts. President of HUMORx and an active member of both the Applied Sciences for Therapeutic Humor and International Society of Humor Studies, Buxman shows people how to use humor for brain health, stress management, manage conflict with humor, increase creativity through laughter and play and in dealing with disease management. Her mission: To improve global health, prevent diseases like diabetes, heart and stroke, cancer and age related illnesses to heal the humor-impaired!

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Andy Core
Andy Core
Andy Core is the author of "Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well." , He is an award-winning lecturer, author, television host, and expert in human performance and motivation. Andy has a master's degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 23 years mastering what it takes to become energized, healthy, motivated, and better equipped to thrive in today's hectic society. The Wellness Challenge, his short-term, high intensity corporate wellness program, has produced significantly decreased illness and absenteeism, while increasing performance, productivity, and enhanced teambuilding in Fortune 500 companies.

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Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD
Sampson Davis, MD is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician. Through riveting personal and medical stories, Dr. Sampson Davis provides a never-before-seen look at health care in America, presenting not only the issues but also the complicated lives behind the statistics.

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William Davis, MD
William Davis, MD
According to Dr. William Davis, saying goodbye to all things wheat provides outsized and unexpected health benefits, from weight loss, to relief from acid reflux and bowel urgency, to reversal of diabetes, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities in children. Author of the #1 New york Times bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health," he has helped spark a nationwide reconsideration of the conventional advice to "eat more healthy whole grains." Formerly an interventional cardiologist, he now confines his practice to prevention and reversal of coronary disease. When Dr. Davis set out to understand why removing wheat yielded such unexpected health transformations, he discovered that the wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of 40 years ago, having undergone extensive genetic change. In his presentations, Dr. Davis discusses how understanding this enormous societal issue carries profound implications for the health of individuals.

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Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI
Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI
As America's Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco is a master of providing hard-facts information and simple solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy. In addition to hosting the weekly series "Zonya's Health Bites" and two-hour special "DIET FREE with Zonya" on national public television, she is the author of Lickety-Split Meals and Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals cookbooks, co-author of the DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon and author of the DIET FREE Video Seminar Lifestyle Program. Zonya has also been a guest presenter for "Oprah & Bob's Best Life Challenge" and has partnered with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan since 2004 to develop and present its award-winning Weight Wise member programs.

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LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin
LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the legendary country music group, The Gatlin Brothers, grew up on stage, ultimately choosing to follow her heart and "sing a different song" apart from her brothers. Through the years, her journeys have included supporting her husband as he continues to survive a cancer diagnosis; encouraging her father as he battles heart disease; wrestling with Alzheimer's as it touches her loved ones; and watching diabetes and it's raging affect on the lives of children close to her. LaDonna has that unique ability to combine a strong message on a variety of healthcare topics with her show-stopping music making her an instant hit with audiences all across America.

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Erin Gray
Erin Gray
Topics: Domestic Violence, Healthy Living, Life Balance. Best known for her roles on television's "Silver Spoons" and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," Erin Gray got her start in modeling, movies-of-the-week, theater, and feature films. Host of such programs as Lifetime Cable's Drug and Alcohol Intervention Program, Gray is a former victim of domestic violence who also serves as spokesperson and board member for Haven House, the oldest battered women's shelter in the United States. She speaks at seminars across the country regarding stress management and teaches chi kung and tai chi classes at UCLA and the Theatre of Hope for Abused Women.

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Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD
Dr. Mark Hyman has dedicated his life to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds. Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a 10-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center.

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Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad
Suleika Jaouad is an Arab-American journalist, blogger, women's health advocate and cancer survivor. She is the founding author of the Emmy Award-winning New York Times series "Life, Interrupted." Suleika started writing and videotaping her experiences navigating the health care system as a young woman living with cancer within weeks of her diagnosis. At age 23, in the Spring of 2012, she became one of the youngest New York Times journalists, and began writing her column "Life, Interrupted", from the bone marrow transplant unit at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center.

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John Kennedy, MD
John Kennedy, MD
Dr. John M. Kennedy is the co-author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day, he works as the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association In his quest to understand the relationship between the heart and brain he's uncovered a large volume of research that is timely and relevant to today's stressful and fast-paced world we live in, and has designed an accessible, easy to learn stress management tool that will help you combat stress and ultimately protect your heart. He speaks regularly on the subject and has helped companies educate employees on how to manage stress in the workplace.

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Ashley Koff
Ashley Koff
An award-winning nutrition expert and recognized as one of the "Top 10 Social Health Makers in Nutrition" Ashley is also in the top "50 Natural Influencers" in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter and was selected for the first list of "Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US" by Today's Dietitian Magazine. She shares her message with millions as a go-to expert appearing regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood and lends her expertise on the pages of the New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, among others. Ashley serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

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Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
An Emmy Award-winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, loves to make audiences laugh. Best known from "The Carol Burnett Show" and her six year run on "Mama's Family," loyal TV fans can still see her daily on reruns around the country. Ms. Lawrence decided that the time is right to take Mama out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes and hit the road with her new touring production, Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show. Lawrence is a strong advocate for women's health and hosts the annual "Walk for the Cure" in her hometown where all proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research at Long Beach Memorial Center. In addition she serves on the Board for Miller Children's hospital.

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Mary LoVerde
Mary LoVerde
For fifteen years, as a busy mother with a demanding career on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Director of the Hypertension Research Center, Mary LoVerde tried the "superperson" route - and failed. Struggling valiantly to keep up, she turned to time management, prioritizing, delegating, and simplifying. Now a dynamic international speaker she is devoted to spreading the message of finding balance through connection. Author of Stop Screaming at the Microwave! How to Connect Your Disconnected Life and her latest book, I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke supports her wealth of uplifting insights and innovative ideas for taking small steps in the right direction for a less stressful, more satisfying life.

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Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog opened and ran a successful integrative medical clinic in Albuquerque, NM before joining the faculty of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, she has been involved in national health policy and regulatory issues for more than a decade. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the White House Commission of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and she also served as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Dr. Low Dog is an internationally known speaker on topics ranging from the responsible use of herbal medicine and dietary supplements to integrative approaches to women's health.

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Joseph Maroon, MD
Joseph Maroon, MD
An internationally-recognized professor of neurosurgery, Dr. Maroon is an authority on the subject of life balance, longevity and disease prevention. He is the team neurosurgeon to the Pittsburgh Steelers, eight time Ironman triathlete, member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame and SR VP of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. His books include The Longevity Factor, addressing how to live longer and healthier by avoiding disease before it starts and his new release Square One: A Simple Guide to a Balanced Life is the basis for his newly announced 2017 keynote. "It is the story of finding balance in a world that seems increasingly chaotic and disorganized. This book has already changed my life." ~ Dr. Sanjay Gupta

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Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller remains the Most Decorated Gymnast in American History. She is the only American to rank among the Top 10 All-Time gymnasts and is the only female athlete to be inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame - Twice! (Individual (2006) and Team (2008). In January of 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. On the platform, she shares her own cancer journey and how she used lessons learned through her Olympic training to forge ahead in the midst of the most challenging obstacles. She speaks about the importance of caregivers and the incredible role they play.

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Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish,MD
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-­‐profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine; recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People magazine; honored as "one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;" chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;" and by Forbes magazine as "one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world."

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Daphne Oz
Daphne Oz
Daphne Oz is co-host of ABC's The Chew and author of the national bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. An in-demand speaker on health, diet, and lifestyle issues, she is a regular contributor to Oprah.com and The Huffington Post. She writes the syndicated newspaper column Food for Thought and has been featured in numerous magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People, The Washington Post, Seventeen and Glamour, as well as on The View, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The Nate Berkus Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and NPR's "Weekend Edition." Daphne is an ambassador for and helped to found HealthCorps, a nonprofit that equips teenagers with nutrition, exercise, and stress management education.

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Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Mehmet Oz, MD, MBA
Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning "The Dr. Oz Show," is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.

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Kathleen Passanisi, PT
Kathleen Passanisi, PT
An internationally recognized speaker, humorist, medical professional, and author, Kathleen Passanisi is an expert in the field of therapeutic humor and its impact on health and corporate morale. Author of It's Your Life, Choose Well and the self-proclaimed poster-person of the Sandwich Generation, Passanisi brings substance, style, and clean hilarity to her universal content, guaranteeing a successful meeting and a lasting impact on those involved. During her enlivening and enlightening programs, participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve well-being, enhance creativity, and make life at home and work more fun.

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Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
Womens Health, Heart, Dental Health, Cancer. Known to millions as Clair Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", Rashad earned two Emmy award nominations and a People's Choice Award for "Favorite TV Female Performer". Most recently, she became the first black actress to win a TONY award for her role in " Raisin in the Sun." She has also appeared on Broadway in the musicals, "Dreamgirls,", "The Wiz," and "Into The Woods." She is vocal in the fight against diabetes and is dedicated to women's causes, including heart disease, domestic violence awareness and was a spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for her close friend who died of the disease. She was a recipient of Harvard University's Foundation Award.

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Jeanne Robertson
Jeanne Robertson
At 6' 2" she would have been voted most likely to make the basketball team and least likely to be a contestant in the Miss America Pageant. Jeanne actually accomplished both. While she enjoys making people laugh, Jeanne views the role of a humorist as more than eliciting laughter. As audiences are holding their sides and wiping tears from their faces, she makes her point clear. Perhaps that is why thousands of meeting planners make their point clear when they say... "The Meetin' ain't over 'til the tall lady speaks."

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Michael Roizen, MD
Michael Roizen, MD
Michael Roizen, MD, is cofounder of RealAge and his book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times #1 best-seller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999. His YOU series books with Dr. Mehmet Oz all rose to the NY TImes lists and he was a regular of the Oprah Show and continues to support the Dr. Oz show as a team members.

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Elaine Sanchez
Elaine Sanchez
Author of, Letters From Madelyn - Chronicles of a Caregiver, Elaine Sanchez has been described as part Erma Bombeck and part Garrison Keillor! Caregiving audiences appreciate the manner in which she deals with the grim reality of aging and illness, and proves that grace, humor and faith can transcend tragedy. Elaine's tender, gritty and uproariously funny "one woman show," has the audience laughing through their tears! Her two workshops: Boomer Bootcamp-designed to help families gather the information they need to make major care-giving decisions and Caregivers Survival Training-recognizing and coping with the stages of caregiving receive RAVE reviews.

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Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill Bolte Taylor
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely recover all of her functions and thinking ability. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin) and was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008. She also travels the country talking about mental illness as a result of her brother's schizophrenia diagnosis.

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Ali Vincent
Ali Vincent
As the first woman to win "The Biggest Loser," Ali Vincent has been invited to share her story on Oprah, The Ellen Show, The Today Show, and many others. She holds several philanthropic causes close to her heart and has participated with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Girls Night Out to Cut Out Domestic Violence. Throughout the show's episodes, it was apparent that Ali's personal philosophy resonated with people and inspired them to set new goals for their life. Now, Ali Vincent, whether attending a health fair or a triathlon as a celebrity spokesperson or hired as a "motivational speaker," inspires audiences around the world by speaking and writing about her experience and personal philosophy, "Believe it. Be it."

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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • Telehealth is here to stay, but it will go through an evolution like all new technology shifts. A new study evaluated performance of teledermatology. The results were mixed. There were incorrect diagnoses and missed diagnoses. Treatment recommendations were not always consistent with guidelines. Prescriptions frequently lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects.  The study was limited because there are not yet large numbers of cases to evaluate. A significant limitation to the study was the authors were unable to assess whether clinicians seeing these patients in traditional in-person encounters would have performed any better.

    On balance, telehealth is a good thing. It has the potential to expand access to more patients, and the medical literature is filled with examples of telehealth systems providing quality care.


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    Invite a person from your Leadership Team to deliver a “3-5 minute” exercise break. Exercise helps increase energy levels, as well as concentration levels.  Break up the presentations where sitting for long periods can put the mind, not to mention other parts of the body, to sleep.  The break also creates a different type of exposure for your attendees to interact with leadership! 
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  • Re-Posted from John Patrick’s Blog on Accelerating Cancer Treatment…I remember being at a technology conference in 1999 when teenagers Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning demonstrated a digital music service called Napster. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it made a lot of sense to me. The rock group Metallica sued Napster in 2000 and the momentum of music sharing slowed – temporarily. I never saw the problem as theft. I saw it as an industry unwilling to give up the status quo and give consumers a way to purchase music. It took Steve Jobs, the iPod, and iTunes to ignite major growth in digital music.
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  • In a recent article, Healthcare Selfies: Consumers Go Mobile for Better Health, Dr. John Patrick features mobile devices for consumers to monitor their health. One such device is AliveCor. It has a heart monitor that attaches to the back of an iPhone and creates a 30-second EKG. A team of engineers at Cornell University has developed a smartphone camera attachment that takes a photo of a single drop of blood that a consumer has placed on a strip, and in a matter of seconds a colorimetric analysis displays cholesterol level. Read the article for additional devices. The pace of mHealth adoption will accelerate; self-monitoring and self-diagnosis are here to stay.
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  • In a recent interview by Bottom Line/Health, our own Dr. Cynthia Green was asked to suggest her best brain workouts. It’s not what most of us think. Crossword puzzles, online classes and other such activities are not necessarily the best for improving memory and preserving overall cognitive function. The latest research reveals that it takes more than quiet puzzle-solving and streaming lectures.

    In fact, some activities that we once thought were time wasters may actually help build intellectual capacity and other cognitive functions.  And, the most important steps to keep your brain performing at optimal levels are lifestyle choices.  Brain workouts that include getting aerobic exercise (at least 150 minutes per week), maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking and eating a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables (low in refined sugar and white flour)

    However, research now tells us that there is more to a healthy brain workout. 
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  • Did you wonder how the Paris attacks could actually create a stronger “World Kindness Day?” True human kindness was shown, at its best, in the days following the attack as witnessed by many of us in the numerous media stories. Tweets, during the attacks, showed how ‘kindness spreads faster than hate.’ Tributes were laid to victims of the Paris attacks at the foot of the Monument a La Republique, in many cases by strangers for strangers.

    Dr. Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving, discusses kindness in his lectures across the globe.
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  • Buckwheat honey for a cough, peppermint for IBS, turmeric for arthritis, Chia seeds for high cholesterol, salmon for inflamation…“I think most people think food can’t possibly be as potent as drugs, but I see the powerful direct benefits all the time,” said Dr. Melina Jampolis, in a recent discussion with CNN and posted in an article on Fox8.com. A small, growing number of physicians are “prescribing” foods not only for weight management, but also to prevent and treat chronic diseases and CNN spoke with medical nutrition experts to unearth the specific foods they recommend. And you don’t have to be a chef or nutritionist to take advantage of these healthy choices.
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