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Prentice Women's Hospital and WTTW Present Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know

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January 18, 2010

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Four-part series hosted by Paula Zahn debuts January 21 at 8:00 pm on WTTW

Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, are pleased to announce the debut of Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know. The new, four-part series examines the health issues women face beginning in their teenage years through adulthood, and features experts from Prentice Women’s Hospital as well as local women who have come forward to share their stories in order to educate other women. The series is hosted by former primetime CNN anchor Paula Zahn and will air on WTTW on four consecutive Thursdays at 8:00 pm, beginning on January 21, 2010.

“This series takes an important look at the health issues many women face during four distinct periods in a woman’s life,” said Elena Kamel, MD, obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Each episode shares personal stories, expert advice and information that women should know in order to be proactive about their health so they can live life to the fullest.”

  • Coming of Age: Teens and 20s: Body image, obesity and the HPV vaccine (January 21)
  • Turning Point: 30s and 40s: Starting a family, infertility, balancing family and work, stress management and oncofertility (January 28)
  • Feeling Good in Midlife: Menopause/perimenopause, alternative choices to staying healthy, integrative medicine and age-appropriate screenings (February 4)
  • Taking Control of a Diagnosis: Disease prevention, options available with dealing with heart attack, stroke or cancer diagnosis (February 11)

“As the primary caregivers in many households, women tend to understand the importance of good health,” said Martha Gulati, MD, associate medical director of the Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Northwestern Memorial’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. “Unfortunately, they are often so focused on the health of their loved ones, that they put themselves second, and delay important screenings or ignore warning signs. We want to encourage women to protect their health, be informed and stay proactive.”

To compliment the series and reinforce strategies stated within, WTTW has launched a companion web site www.wttw.com/healthsecrets.

This wellness education initiative, Health Secrets: What Every Woman Should Know, is funded by a grant from the Alberto Culver Foundation. It is produced by WTTW/Chicago in association with Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.

For more information, visit www.nmh.org/healthsecrets.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Monasteri, Manager

Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011