Sunday, October 11, 2009

Live The Life You Love Panel: Part One

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending and Spark Network’s “Live The Life You Love.”

Held at Saks Fifth Avenue’s swanky café, the event -- part of a three-night series -- offered expert advice themed around health, mind and body. founder Sherri Langburt and me

After a delightful cocktail hour featuring cold hors d’oevures and pink champagne, founder Sherri Langburt took to the podium. A success story, she shared what inspired her to create, which celebrates single life and encourages singles to do the same.

“Lots of singles put their life on hold -- until they lose weight or find the perfect boyfriend,” the now-married Langburt said. “Bodies and boyfriends have become roadblocks to pursuing dreams.”

Langburt introduced the evening’s four panelists -- fitness consultant Amie Hoff, nutrition counselor Susan Weiss Berry, physician Dr. Jennifer Wider, and sex therapist/psychoanalyst Cathy Beaton.

Dr. Jennifer Wider shared some key health advice

Wider mentioned the impact of what women see in magazines.

“Singles feel great pressure to look a certain way and that is because we’re being assaulted in the media,” she said.

“We need to love our bodies no matter what size we are,” she added, noting that the average woman’s size is 14.

Wider also spoke about the importance of being an advocate for your own health. The top 5 lifesaving tests, she says, that every woman should have on her radar -- blood pressure and cholesterol, pap smear/pelvic exam, mammogram, colonoscopy and skin cancer.

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