Sharp Women's Health Conference
This year, because COVID-19 has affected our ability to host large gatherings in physical places, we've put together an incredible virtual experience for our attendees. All breakout session content will be available through May 8 (excludes live Q&A).
Session A: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Please choose one of the following to view live.
Improving Brain Health: Strategies for Women of All Ages
Presenter: Michael Plopper, MD
This session will give you a deeper understanding of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and dementia, as well as how to distinguish between warning signs and normal aging. Learn strategies to optimize brain health at any age and identify ways to avoid cognitive decline.
Essential Elements for a Balanced You
Presenter: Jenny Driessen
From the moment we wake up, we make choices that determine the direction of our day. Discover a variety of stretching, strengthening and meditation exercises, along with simple lifestyle changes, to help alleviate common pain and discomfort. You will walk away with a daily recipe for optimizing your central nervous system, maximizing your physical potential and reinvigorating your spirit.
Healthy Relationships During Stressful Times
Presenter: Lindsay Kramer, MFT
Life brings about challenges both big and small, and too often we find ourselves turning on one another when we're stressed. This session will help you gain insight into how you respond to stress and identify how to prevent it from affecting your relationships.
Calorie Traps and Nutrition Mishaps
Presenter: Erin Peisach, RDN, CWHC
Diet trends are always changing. And with so much nutrition misinformation in the media, it can be hard to know what to believe. In this presentation, you will learn how to debunk nutrition myths and recognize health halos so you can become confident in making healthy dietary choices.
Healing Through Trauma
Presenter: Kim Eisenberg, LCSW
It is natural to feel as if life will never be the same again after experiencing extremely difficult and traumatic circumstances. Discover how to focus your energy to heal and grow in transformative ways, no matter what life brings your way.
How to Be a Better, Happier, More Successful San Diego Gardener
Presenter: Nan Sterman
We all expect gardening to be easy: buy a plant, drop it in the ground, add some water and it grows, right? Even accomplished gardeners elsewhere can find gardening in San Diego to be an entirely new experience. Find out what makes gardening here so different and what it takes to have a successful garden, as well as resources available to enhance your green thumb. You'll also have a chance to ask your most pressing plant and garden questions.
Session B: 11:30 am to 12:15 pm
Please choose one of the following to view live.
Confronting Loneliness and Isolation
Presenter: Dara Bliss Schwartz, PsyD
Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual - and it can have a serious effect on health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and have limited social support. This talk will discuss current research and findings on loneliness, as well as provide tips to help you and your loved ones navigate situations that may increase isolation and feeling lonely.
Culinary Medicine: A Flavorful Journey to Better Health
Presenter: Sabrina Falquier Montgrain, MD
Culinary medicine blends the science of medicine with the art of cooking. Find out how a plant-forward and Mediterranean pattern of eating can awaken your senses and optimize your health, as well as how to prepare a full day of easy and delicious meals.
Tai Chi: Meditation in Motion
Presenter: Noel Tarver
Discover the benefits of this ancient form of martial arts, which can help improve balance, agility, strength and coordination. A regular tai chi practice can also help lower high blood pressure, decrease anxiety and relieve pain. Learn how to align your breath with a series of gentle, flowing movements to help you gain physical and mental balance.
Sweet Dreams: From Counting Sheep to Restful Sleep
Presenter: Victoria Sharma, MD
Sleep is vitally important to our well-being, and a lack of it can significantly affect our health. This session will review normal sleep patterns; discuss common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome; and provide potential management solutions for a good night's rest.
Sowing the Seeds of Forgiveness: Small Steps to Create Substantial Changes
Presenter: Rev. Jodi Varner
This interactive session will explore the profound shift one can experience through making small thought pattern adjustments. Learn how to better engage with your resentments and use the power of forgiveness to break free from unhealthy baggage and self-defeating behaviors.
Laugh Your Way to Better Health
Presenter: Hans Crumpler, MD
Is laughter truly the best medicine? Researchers believe humor can help decrease the stress hormones that suppress immunity, and found that women with a robust sense of humor experienced 48% lower risk of death from all causes. Learn about the measurable physical and emotional benefits that laughter provides us, and the many ways you can incorporate more humor into your life.
Put Yourself First: Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction
Presenter: Nossa Maya, MD
There are some basic needs everyone must meet to stay healthy, including good nutrition and staying active. However, to truly take care of your mind and body, you also need to practice self-care. Learn how to tune into your thoughts, implement an effective self-care routine, and gain the tools needed to manage daily stressors.
*Topics are subject to change.