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April 23 panel: How the superwoman syndrome impacts health

By Michelle Valigursky | Emory Report | April 17, 2013

In "Superwomen and Sacrifice: The Mind/Body Connection," on Tuesday, April 23, leaders in health and medicine will address pressing social and emotional issues for today's multi-tasking women and the impact those issues have on family members and friends.

"Busy women try to do it all, and when they can't achieve perfection and balance, they often feel guilty about not doing more," says Leslie Wingate, senior director of the Emory Alumni Association. "The Emory Alumni Association wanted to put together a panel discussion with leaders in health and medicine who will address key concerns for ‘superwomen' and offer insight into better choices they can make in their lives."

Panelists will share insight into how "doing it all" can influence a woman's risk for cancer, higher blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, higher cholesterol, heart disease, and much more. They will also address how common issues for women including stress, obesity and lack of exercise increase inflammation and may promote cancer and poorer outcomes after cancer treatment.  Everyday stressors leading to self-sacrificing behavior will be identified and solutions shared.

Meet the panelists:

  • Tanya Douglas-Holland, moderator, medical liaison for a Tokyo-based pharmaceutical company
  • Deborah Watkins Bruner, professor and Robert W. Woodruff Chair in Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and associate director of outcomes research, Winship Cancer Institute
  • Leslee Shaw, professor of cardiology and co-director, Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Winifred W. Thompson, research assistant professor of behavioral sciences and health education, Rollins School of Public Health and Winship Cancer Institute.

Men and women are invited to join the discussion on April 23 at the Miller-Ward Alumni House from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticket price is $10 ($5 for young alumni).

This event is co-sponsored by the Alumnae and Women of Emory, Center for Women at Emory, Emory Alumni Association, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, and Winship Cancer Institute.

Emory alumni, parents, friends and students are invited to attend. Register here.