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Today Show health expert Joy Bauer speaks in West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Post - 1/29/2019

Jan. 29--For those looking to expand expand their health, medical and fitness knowledge, this is a great week to be in West Palm Beach. That's because on Wednesday and Thursday at separate venues, nationally renowned experts ranging from the Today Show'sJoy Bauer to a half-dozen physicians from Johns Hopkins Medicine will be presenting their latest findings on everything from nutrition, food prep and exercise to brain health, lung cancer in nonsmokers and dementia risk factors.

A brief preview of each event:

"More than a Meal" Breakfast benefiting Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches

Not only will this breakfast raise funds for one of the most worthy causes in the county, attendees will be treated to a fun, lively and interactive session with Joy Bauer, the Today Show's resident health, fitness and nutrition expert and author of a dozen best-selling books.

"We're excited to have Joy coming to South Florida and to help those attending learn how to tap into the healing power of food," said Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches President and CEO Pamela Calzadilla.

Attendees who purchase VIP tickets ($175) will receive Bauer's latest cookbook, Joy's Simple Food Remedies, and be admitted to a post-breakfast meet-and-greet with Bauer, where she'll sign copies.

Bauer's Today Show segments have resonated with viewers because the 55-year-old clinical nutritionist's advice for helping people eat more more healthfully and live more fulfilling lives is simple, practical and easy to follow.

As she's found of saying, "Life is hard, food should be easy."

Johns Hopkins Medicine's 12th annual "A Woman's Journey" health conference

This day-long gathering at the Palm Beach Convention Center grows bigger by the year (more than 300 attended in 2018) -- and, as the name implies, the event on Thursday will focus on array of health issues unique to women.

Guests will be served a heart-healthy breakfast while Johns Hopkins virologist Sabra Klein explains the vast physical and mental health factors that are impacted by the X chromosome.

After breakfast, there are six separate symposiums -- of which guests can attend two. At the luncheon, attendees will also be able to directly interact with the Johns Hopkins physicians.

Among the seminar topics from which to choose:

-- New things you should know about your brain (gene-based treatments for progressive disorders, new migraine treatments and advances in treating blood clots in brain vessels). Neurologist Dr. Justin McArthur is among the nation's foremost authorities on the mind-body connection.

-- New face of cosmetic enhancement (dispelling myths, how platelet-rich plasma is being used, innovative dermatological treatments). Plastic surgeon, otolaryngologist -- and University of Florida medical school grad -- Dr. Lisa Ishii will lead this discussion.

-- Impact of stress (how daily stress -- and the release of cortisol -- affect one's mental, cardiovascular and metabolic health). Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Swartz will explore this topic and offer time-tested coping techniques.

-- Autoimmune disease (the most effective treatments for the most common -- and often debilitating -- autoimmune diseases). From rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis to celiac disease and lupus, rheumatologist Dr. Ana-Marie Orbai will help attendees understand these diseases' root causes and provide strategies for combating them.

-- Rise of lung cancer in nonsmoking women (new stats show up to 20 percent of nonsmoking women between ages 40 and 79 have been diagnosed). Two-thirds of nonsmokers who get lung cancer are women and the causes range from radon exposure in the home to secondhand cigarette smoke and cooking with aerosolized oils. Oncologist Dr. Joy Feliciano believes that if more asymptomatic patients were screened with a low-dose CT scan (not a chest x-ray), more of these cases would be caught in their early stages.

-- Insights into dementia (how high blood pressure, heart disease and internal inflammation are connected to increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease). Neurologist Dr. Gottesman will stress how eating a heart-healthy diet and living a heart-healthy lifestyle protects not only one's body -- but also one's brain.


Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches fundraising breakfast

When: Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.

Where: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Cohen Pavilion (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach).

Admission: $125 for program and breakfast, $175 for VIP meet and greet (and cookbook signing) with featured guest speaker, Today Show health and nutrition expert Joy Bauer.

Contact: Call 561-802-6979 or visit

Johns Hopkins Medicine's "A Woman's Journey"

When: Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center (650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach).

Admission: $175 includes breakfast, lunch and six seminars presented by experts from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Contact: Call 410-955-8660 or visit


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