Better all the time

Face the facts: men are still working their way out of the cave emotionally. From Adam in the Garden of Eden to Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners to Al Bundy of Married With Children, examples abound. Here’s one day when we guys can step aside and let someone else minister to the better half of our local population.  
The Women’s Health and Wellness Festival offers women the chance to explore a variety of both traditional and alternative women’s health topics presented by experts, but with over 50 different activities planned in a seven-hour period, the ladies are going to have to run to get their money’s worth. 
    Events take place in three main areas in the Doubletree Hotel north of town on Route 29. The Peach Zone offers Health Screenings/ Massage/Info Booths; the Blue Zone, Alternative & Complementary Movement; the Yellow Zone refers to the Ballroom/Meeting Space. From the relation of exercise and music to women’s health to breast exams to yoga and massage, the choices seem endless, so a visiting plan is required. With only 10 minutes between events people need to know where they’re going and when.   
Additional events abound. Susan Lowell Butler is the speaker at a luncheon featuring box meals which are included in the festival entrance price. Butler, former executive director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and former Chief of Communications for the National Education Association, will speak on “Taking Charge.” After her diagnosis in 1995 with advanced breast and cervical cancer, Butler founded the nation’s largest ovarian cancer advocacy organization, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, all the while undergoing successful treatment for her disease.
It’s a great time to be a woman, and this full day designed to provide women with information, resources, techniques, and wellness options, can make the quality of women’s lives even better.

Explore a variety of traditional and alternative women’s health topics at the Women's Health & Wellness Festival. Participate in essential health screenings, enjoy a relaxing massage and more. Sponsored by the UVA Health System. Saturday, April 13, 8am-3:30pm. Cost $30 in advance, $35 at door. DoubleTree Hotel, Route 29. Free parking. Registration required. 243-2618