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Danbury Hospital Hosts Second Annual Spirit of Women Wellness Weekend and Girls’ Night Out at the Danbury Fair

Monday, September 13, 2010 - Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women Wellness Weekend

Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women Wellness Weekend is returning to the Danbury Fair Center Court (lower level) on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Join us for a day of laughter and learning with free health screenings and an informative, entertaining program that combines fun, friendship and health education for women.

Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women members are encouraged to register online.

Not a Spirit member? There is still time! Join Sprit of Women for free.

Indulge in Good Health

Danbury Hospital’s Spirit Wellness Weekend features a variety of health and wellness screenings. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there will be plenty of information about prevention and early detection of breast cancer, including diet and exercise, breast self exams, advances in breast imaging technology, genetic counseling for risk based on family history, research and clinical trials, surgical procedures as well as care and support programs. For your convenience, mammography appointments can be scheduled during the event.

Attendees also will learn about the latest treatments in skin care and rejuvenation, bone, joint and spine health, cardiac health, sleep disorders and other women’s leading health issues.

Your Health is Always in Style

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seven million women still need to be screened for breast cancer. Statistics show that breast and gynecological cancers are among the leading malignancies that occur in women -- together affecting more than 280,000 Americans in 2008 according to the American Cancer Society.

“Most women will have no breast cancer risk factors other than being a woman and increasing age,” said Patrice Hough RN, MSN, Manager, Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital. “For women at high risk because of family history or other risk factors, it’s essential to have a conversation with your doctor to discuss this risk.” Patrice and other breast health professionals from the Praxair Cancer Center will be at the Spirit Wellness Weekend on Oct. 2nd at the Danbury Fair to give you information on the latest medical and technological advancements in breast health and mammography screening that benefit you and your loved ones. With the theme “Know Your Genes,” a fashion show featuring the latest styles in designer jeans will be woven throughout the four hours for your enjoyment and to emphasize the importance of how genetics relate to common health issues affecting women today.

Along with important leading women’s health education and screenings, the afternoon also features some empowering and essential health tips and health screenings for women that include:

  • “Don’t Miss a Beat” – cardiac risk assessment, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings
  • “Life is Not a Spectator Sport” – orthopedic surgeons from The Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care at Danbury Hospital will be available to discuss bone, joint and spine health
  • "The ABCs of ZZZs” – sleep experts from The Sleep Disorders Center at Danbury Hospital address sleep disorders
  • “Say Boo to the Flu” - seasonal flu shots will be provided courtesy of the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association
  • “Ask the Experts” - face-to-face answers to your health questions with leading women physicians and other healthcare professionals

Spirit Girls’ Night Out Gathering

Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women members are invited to join us at the Danbury Fair Center Court from 4 to 6 p.m. for the second Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out, featuring wine tasting, healthy tapas prepared by Danbury Hospital Executive Chef Patrick Wilson, hand massages, and main floor fashion entertainment to wrap yourself in good health featuring scarf tying demonstrations and stiletto strength exercises, a fun, sexy way to strengthen your quads, calves, hamstrings, and improve balance and posture.

Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women members planning to attend the Spirit Girls’ Night Out gathering are asked to RSVP no later than Sept. 24th by calling 1-800-511-9971, or go to

Recipe for a Healthy Life

Spirit Wellness Weekend and Girls’ Night Out allows women to set aside essential time to be more ACTIVE in good health by taking time out to pamper themselves, enjoy time with friends and meet new people, all while obtaining health information that could profoundly impact their overall health and the health of their family members.

Danbury Hospital’s Spirit Wellness Weekend and Girls’ Night Out is organized and hosted by the Danbury Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network.

If you’re not a Danbury Hospital Spirit of Women member yet, there’s still time. For more information, and to learn more about Danbury Hospital’s Spirit of Women programs, go to, or call 1-800-511-9971.

About Spirit of Women

Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disordersradiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management and is nationally recognized for providing a high level of care to Women by HealthGrades®. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve on the faculty of the nation’s finest medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

Danbury Hospital Women's and Children's Services is committed to the unique health needs of women and children. With a program nationally ranked in the Top 5% for excellence in Women's Health, Danbury Hospital is one of two hospitals in the state with a Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that include highly-skilled nursing staff, neonatologists and the most technologically advanced equipment that offers a higher level of special care and treatment to newborns and reassurance to the women and their families of our region.