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Western Connecticut Health Network Hosts Day of Dance in February

Monday, February 04, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Western Connecticut Health Network Spirit of Women Day of Dance 2013Danbury Hospitaland New Milford Hospital, affiliates of Western Connecticut Health Network, is hosting its Fourth Annual Spirit of Women Day of Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 18 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury (Map). The day begins with a light breakfast and featured guest speaker Deborah Weymouth, senior vice president and executive director of New Milford Hospital. She will present "Shedding the Shoulds," sharing her insights about balancing life's priorities, focusing on what's most important, choosing your battles, not feeling guilty, and focusing on your most important asset - YOU! Then, meet medical experts and participate in educational and interactive wellness demonstrations and screenings. Comedienne Linda Belt will end the day with a fun, energizing lunch routine, "Laugh for Better Health," offering her unique thoughts on being a woman in today's modern world. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, there's something to laugh about in every aspect of our lives!


9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.


9:50 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

  • Welcome - Shoreh Shahabi, MD., FACOG Chair, Department of Obstetrics, gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Chair, Reproductive Tumor Biology Research Laboratory
  • "Shedding the Shoulds" - Deborah Weymouth, Executive Director and Senior Vice President New Milford Hospital

Interactive Wellness Sessions

Session I - 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

"Bone and Joint Health"

Orthopedic Specialist John Mullen, MD, of New Milford Hospital, will provide strategies for maintaining strength, flexibility and function throughout life, along with an overview on health care options for painful joint conditions.

"Matters of the Heart"

Sumit Tickoo, MD, a specialist in medical and interventional cardiology at Danbury Hospital, will share tips for maintaining a healthy heart, from prevention through healthy lifestyles to advanced treatment options for a variety of cardiac health concerns.

"All About Breast Care"

Danbury Hospital Breast Surgeon and Director of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) Breast Program Valerie Staradub, MD, will bring her vast experience in medical and surgical breast care to offer a complete overview of services and support resources for women with concerns about breast disease. She will highlight the teams and technology that make WCHN an ideal place for breast care expertise and support.

Session II - 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

"A Moving Experience for Your Heart"

Exercise Physiologist Molly Gill of Danbury Hospital's Marcus Cardiac Rehabilitation Center will demonstrate exercises to boost your strength and flexibility for better cardiac health.

"Somatic Movement"

Fitness and Strong Women/Strong Bones Coordinator Lisa Marie Lee will conduct a stress-reducing session to limber up the body and help participants release unhealthy tension.

"Let's Cook, Let's Eat!"

New Milford Hospital's Dining Services Manager Kerry Gold and Registered Dietitian Nancy Salem will perform a cooking demonstration with healthful recipes and tips for more nutritious, more enjoyable meals.

A virtual dance module will be set-up and running throughout the event for those who want to dance ... dance... dance. Admission fee is $10 per person and registration is required by Feb 18. To register for Day of Dance, call 1-800-511-9971, or visit online at or


12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

“Laugh for Better Health” – Comedienne Linda Belt offers her unique thoughts on being a woman in today’s modern world.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

  • Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
  • Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home care and community health services
  • The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundations
  • emergency medical and Level II trauma services
  • an occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry
  • a nationally renowned Biomedical Research Institute

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. Danbury Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital by US News and World reports in 2012; a and a Top 100 for Value by Cleverly and Associates. New Milford Hospital is well known as a Planetree hospital and for its Plow to Plate, farm to table food program.

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