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Feel Fun, Fit & Fabulous! At the 2009 Women's Health Conference

CAMP HILL, Pa., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Blue Shield is pleased to once again present the Fun, Fit & Fabulous! Women's Health Conference, set for Saturday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center at West Chocolate Avenue and University Drive in Hershey, Pa.

Join the more than 6,000 women who have already taken a greater hand in their health by attending Fun, Fit & Fabulous! during the past six years. The seventh annual women's health conference is designed to offer women an opportunity to advance healthy lifestyle changes through education and awareness. This one-day health forum, sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield, will offer a variety of health-related workshops; dynamic speakers and presenters; health screenings, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, bone density and sickle cell; vendors, prizes and more. Women will leave feeling educated, informed and inspired about living a healthy lifestyle.

For the past six years, Fun Fit & Fabulous! has focused on health disparities for women of color. "This year, we hope to reach all women, no matter their background. Women have a universal bond and all share common health concerns. It's important for women to learn together how they can live healthier lives and pass along those lifestyle choices to their daughters and their granddaughters," said Dr. Rhonda Moore Johnson, Highmark's medical director of health equity and quality.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ian Smith, a medical and diet expert, who will speak about the most prevalent health issues for today's women and how to overcome and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Sherry Christian, WHP CBS 21 News This Morning anchor, will serve as emcee.

Women can look forward to attending workshops on topics such as "Ask the Doctor -- Doctor's Guide to Good Health;" "Heart Disease -- The Heart Truth; "Emotional Health -- Exit Stress;" "Time Management -- The Life Map;" "Physical Activity/Exercise -- No Equipment Necessary;" and "Nutrition -- Eat Well, Eat Wise."

"Women's health has entered an exciting time with so much robust new information and discoveries that are not only cutting edge, but provide great practicality for the preservation of health," said Dr. Ian Smith. "Women are the gatekeepers of the family's health, thus it's critical that they remain healthy as their well-being impacts the entire household."

A new year, a new you, and a new Web site! Fun, Fit and Fabulous! has revamped its Web site,, to include tools and resources that will help women live longer, healthier and more active lives all year round. The new Web site provides access to more information on conference speakers, workshops, popular recipes, health tips and frequently asked questions about women's everyday health concerns than ever before. For more information and to learn how to register, visit or call 1-800-236-9091.

About Dr. Ian Smith, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ian Smith is currently the medical/diet host on VH1's highly rated Celebrity Fit Club. He contributes to ABC's nationally syndicated show, "The View." Dr. Smith is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Healthwise" on American Urban Radio Networks. He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for News Channel 4, where he filed reports for NBC's Nightly News and The Today Show, as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts.

Dr. Smith has written for various publications, including Time, Newsweek, Men's Health and The New York Daily News. He has also been featured in several other publications, including People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan and the University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway.

About Highmark Blue Shield

As one of the state's leading health insurers and with nearly 70 years of community involvement, Highmark Blue Shield helps members live longer, healthier lives by ensuring access to affordable, high quality health insurance and services. Highmark offers the widest range of products, access to all area hospitals and the most responsive customer service.

Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. Employing more than 5,000 people in Central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, Highmark provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information about Highmark Blue Shield, visit

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