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Speaking of Women's Health 'Community Event' Returns to All Wal-Mart Supercenters Nationwide January 12th
Date:1/8/2008

Millions of Women 'Taking Small Steps for Big Rewards'

CINCINNATI, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a national campaign to reach women, Speaking of Women's Health will be holding its Community Event in all 2,435 Wal-Mart Supercenters across America on Saturday, January 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to teach, encourage and inspire women to take control of their health, and obtain information on small steps that can result in big rewards for their overall health and well-being.

The beginning of the year is an ideal time to make a change for a healthier life, but making a change concerning one's health can often be a challenging task. Studies show that changing behavior is a process and taking small steps can be a great way to start down a successful path that can result in big rewards. Millions of women have already taken a small step by participating in Speaking of Women's Health Events, and earned big rewards. In fact, 85 percent of women screened at events said they increased their knowledge on risk factors for heart disease and 61 percent discovered they had more than three risk factors for heart disease -- the number 1 killer of women.

"I am thrilled to be part of this important health initiative that provides millions of women with essential information to help them take charge of their health and potentially prevent serious health conditions," said Michael F. Roizen, M.D., noted health expert and co-author of YOU-The Owner's Manual, who is partnering with Speaking of Women's Health to encourage women to attend the event. "I hope women who attend are empowered to make small changes that will benefit their health and improve their lives."

Women attending the Speaking of Women's Health Community Event, one of the largest single-day, free events focused on female health and wellness, will receive complimentary product samples from Speaking of Women's Health's national sponsors and a free book, Love Notes to Our Moms and Other Women of Influence. The book includes letters from successful female leaders and celebrities such as Florence Henderson, Mary Wilson, Chef LaLa, Dottie Peoples, and Pamela Peeke, M.D. The book is filled with health, well-being and personal safety information, from baby care to menopause, exercise to nutrition, and from allergies to heart disease.

"Millions of women enter our stores every day, and we are committed to providing them with the products, services and information they need to live better, healthier lives. Our work with Speaking of Women's Health underscores this commitment," said Sandy Kinsey, Wal-Mart's divisional merchandise manager, pharmacy division. "Over the years, the Speaking of Women's Health Community Events have proven to give our customers access to important information on healthy living. We are sure that this weekend's events will be successful and encourage women to embrace healthy lifestyles in the New Year and beyond."

Since Speaking of Women's Health launched the "Take a Pledge" program at its Community Event at Wal-Mart more than four years ago, women have taken more than 4.7 million pledges to improve their health by making one small change in their daily lives. Awareness campaigns and programs like the Speaking of Women's Health Community Events at Wal-Mart, help women to take control of their health.

Dianne Dunkelman founded Speaking of Women's Health in 1995 as a one-day women's health event. Under her leadership, the event has grown to become a national foundation with more than 50 conferences and events in cities nationwide, including two national multicultural health initiatives, Universal Sisters and Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer.

More information about Speaking of Women's Health and the Community Event at Wal-Mart can be found by visiting http://www.speakingofwomenshealth.com or http://www.walmart.com.

Media Only Contact:

Erin Burg

Edelman for Speaking of Women's Health

erin.burg@edelman.com

312.240.3383

Brianna Huy

Edelman for Speaking of Women's Health

brianna.huy@edelman.com

312.297.7432

Lee McGinley

Speaking of Women's Health

lmcginley@speakingofwomenshealth.com

About Speaking of Women's Health

Speaking of Women's Health's mission is to "educate women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families." The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization educates and empowers women nationwide through more than 50 conferences and events across the country; its health programs, Universal Sisters and Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer; community events and education centers with free health brochures in Wal-Mart stores nationwide; a free quarterly newsletter, a Web site and a television show, "Lifetime's Speaking of Women's Health." Speaking of Women's Health is supported by National Sponsors Wal-Mart, Lifetime, Kellogg's, L'Oral Paris, Maybelline New York, Garnier, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, Gardasil, Slim-Fast, Promise Activ, Vaseline, Degree, Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Dove Chocolate, Meredith Corporation, Stryker, One A Day and Citracal.


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