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More than 400 attend Women's Health Conference

HEALTH: A women's conference on cancer at Phoebe Healthworks is the 10th annual event

A Zumba demonstration is presented at the Women’s Health Conference presented at Phoebe HealthWorks. More than 400 people attended the session. (Special Photo)

A Zumba demonstration is presented at the Women’s Health Conference presented at Phoebe HealthWorks. More than 400 people attended the session. (Special Photo)

ALBANY – More than 400 women attended Phoebe Putney Health System’s 10th annual Women’s Health Conference, held this past weekend at Phoebe HealthWorks. The theme of the event was “The Power of Pink,” focusing on women who have battled, or are battling, cancer.

“This is the tenth year of this event and we are thrilled with the response,” said Darrell Sabbs, community benefits coordinator at Phoebe. “This year we have been able to celebrate those women who have beaten cancer and bring hope to those who in the middle of their fight. It is wonderful to see the women of this community come together in such a powerful way.”

A survivor’s hat fashion show was a highlight for many in the room. Members of the United States Marine Corps from Albany’s Marine Corps Logistics Base escorted survivors down the runway, allowing them to show off hats from their personal collection or from Phoebe’s It’s a Wrap hat shop. After her walk down the runway, each survivor told her story in her own unique way.

The Marines also participated by serving the ladies tea.

“Every year, the Women’s Health Conference is made possible by the more than 70 volunteers and 30 community vendors who take part,” said Sabbs. “We are able to display education and information on topics ranging from the new health care laws to diet and exercise to home health and more. Our goal is to help educate the public so that we may in turn have a healthier, happier community.”

Attendees were able to get health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight and height. Many worked up a sweat by participating in Zumba or spinning demonstrations.

Dr. Shawnta Speer, of the Phoebe Cancer Center, was the guest speaker at the event, and spoke on the topic of the connection between obesity and cancer.

For more information from the Phoebe Cancer Center, call (229) 312-7141.