DeLeo Hosts 21st Annual Women’s Health Forum

The 21st Annual Women’s Health Forum, hosted by Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, was held last Wednesday

Speaker Bob DeLeo gets his blood pressure taken by Jeanne Holgersen as Sandra Hurley looks on during the Speaker’s annual Health Forum, which was hosted by WCVB Channel 5 anchor Emily Riemer. The annual forum and health fair has become a staple of both Winthrop and Revere.

evening, Oct. 10, at the Neil Shapiro Center for Performing Arts and brought in over 30 participants and vendors.

“This is my favorite event,” said DeLeo. “We get to join together and talk about important health issues.”

Going strong for 21 years, the annual health forum started out at the senior center, and has had many homes over the years, including the Gorman Fort Banks School and the Arthur T. Cummings School.

Dr. Astrid Weins, vice chair of the Board of Health (BoH), addressed the audience and shared the process in which the BoH tackles critical issues that affect the town as a whole.

“I take my role on the board as seriously as I take my job,” said Weins, who is an Associate Pathologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. “It’s important to attend meetings and voice your concerns about health issues that affect the town. The board always dissects issues and uses evidence-based decision making.”

WCVB-TV, Anchor and Medical Reporter, Emily Riemer, addressed the audience as the keynote speaker and weighed in on the importance of diet and exercise.

“Health is an evolution and changes day to day,” said Riemer, who shared tips on how she manages to juggle life and health in her jam-packed schedule as a mother of three.

Having a broad background in exercise, Riemer, believes that exercise has the ability to make each and every one of us a better person and more capable of tackling our daily activities.

“Health is a process, you have to trust yourself and trust your body,” she said. “By making a commitment to eating healthy and exercising daily, you are not being selfish, but instead you are giving yourself additional energy so that you can give more of yourself in all aspects of your life.”

WCVB-TV donated 200 smoke detectors for guests to take home, and Chief of the Fire Department Paul Flanagan, urged guests to keep detectors updated. “We will send a firefighter out to your house to make sure your detectors are up-to-date and installed correctly,” he said.

Participants in the is year’s women’s health forum were:

  • The Arbors
  • Be Healthy and Well
  • Bike Winthrop
  • Dr. Howard Brooks
  • Brown’s Pharmacy
  • CASA
  • Championship Physical Therapy
  • Commonwealth Clinical Service
  • Crossfit Tradewinds
  • Cummings Physical Therapy
  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Eastpoint Skilled Nursing and Rehab
  • Dr. Dominic Garibaldi
  • Dr. Pranski and his Staff-
  • HarborCOV –
  • MGH-Revere Mammography
  • MGH -Revere Nutrition Counseling
  • Dr. Paul McGee
  • MWRA Deer Island HarborWalk
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services
  • North Suffolk Mental Health
  • Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • Revere Cares
  • Root and Sky Wellness
  • Seafood Nutrition Partnership
  • Survivors by the Sea
  • Winthrop Senior Center – Council on Aging
  • Winthrop Board of Health
  • Winthrop Police
  • Winthrop Public Library

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