UMass Amherst Will Host Three Seminars on Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women

AMHERST, Mass. - Beginning in March, the Center for Research and Education in Women’s Health in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences will hold three seminars on preventing cardiovascular disease in women through changes in personal behavior. All three talks will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall and are free and open to the public.

The first speaker is JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health, who will give a talk titled "Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Risk Factors and Promising Interventions," on Wed., March 4. Manson will discuss current research on coronary heart disease, which is a leading cause of death among women in the U.S., and treatments that hold promise for reducing mortality from this disease. Manson is also co-director of women’s health and director of endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bess Marcus, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Brown University School of Medicine, will discuss "Enhancing Physical Activity: Participation in Community, Workplace, and Primary Care Settings," on Mon., April 6. The talk will focus on strategies for helping inactive people increase their level of physical activity. Marcus was a contributing author to a recent surgeon general’s report on physical activity and health.

The series concludes with Judith Ockene, professor of medicine at the UMass Medical Center, who will talk on "The Women’s Health Initiative Study: Implications for Public Health Interventions," on Mon., May 4. The talk will focus on the design of the study, which includes 164,000 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50-79. Ockene is an expert in smoking prevention and cessation research and has served as author, scientific editor, and reviewer for several surgeons general reports on smoking and health.