The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) will host its annual Day of the Woman event, from 5:30 to 8 pm Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.
The event includes a dinner catered by Macaroni Joes, featuring a presentation from Deborah Clegg, Ph.D., vice president for research at TTUHC El Paso, and Jentry Williams, DPT, owner and founder of Re-form Physical Therapy and Pilates in Amarillo . The speakers will also host a discussion panel answering any and all questions. During the event, each attendee will receive a goody bag and have the opportunity to win door prizes.
Co-panelist Clegg, who earned a BS in nutrition from Oregon State University, an MBA from Boston University and a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Georgia, will speak about how the food people eat and its processing impacts their hormonal balance and cancer risk.
Clegg completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Cincinnati. Clegg has a unique background in both clinical and basic sciences, and extensive experience as a grant reviewer for institutions including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Diabetes Association, Veterans Affairs and the Swiss Government Federal Foundation.
“This year, we will touch on an age-old discussion that our nutrition and activities affect our overall health, but in this day and age with people being so busy and always on the go, I think that they don’t always stop to think about what they are feeding their families sometimes. … If we were just a little more conscious of our actions, I think we could create more positive habits,” said Angela Knapp Eggers, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health senior director .
During the event, Williams’ co-panelist will share how the mindful movement affects mental health and overall emotional well-being. Williams is a 2011 graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at TTUHC in Amarillo. Williams is a fully-certified STOTT Pilates instructor and is passionate about the benefits of Pilates in physical therapy practice.
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Executive Director Connie Tyne said in a news release: “The institute works to promote research specific to women’s health, to provide advanced education to health care professionals and to enrich the lives of women and girls through community programs . … We are thrilled to provide this much-needed resource for our community in Amarillo.”
Longtime attendee Denise Blanchard spoke about the event’s opportunity to offer insight to women about themselves by experts, and how over the years the event has created a sense of camaraderie among women in the community.
“Day of the Woman provides more opportunities to learn more about health issues that are specific to women. Whether it’s mental health, physical health, (or) preventive information, it helps teach us how to better care for ourselves for our families,” Blanchard said. “Women are typically relational. This is an event that caters to and hosts women, and it gives us an opportunity to meet new people and celebrate these relationships over the years.”
Tickets to the event are $10 per individual. Tables can be reserved for $100, and dinner is included. Registration is required for attendance. To register for tickets, guests are asked to email [email protected] or call (806) 414-9941.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Celebrate Day of the Woman with Laura W. Bush Institute’s annual event