|Women are often split between their roles as caretakers and professionals.The demands on their time and energy increase as their families, and careers, grow.|
“Women who divide their time between work and home will experience stress and their health will suffer as a result,” says Lynne Taikowski, a member of the Advisory Board and vice chair of the President’s Council of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, which provides health and wellness services to prevent illness and promote healing. “They will also neglect preventive care that is so important to staying healthy.”
To address the effects of stress and promote good health, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center sponsored its first “Here’s to Your Health Night,” an evening of health advice, tips and demonstrations for women. The program took place in Fairfield at the home of Lynne Taikowski and was organized by Taikowski and Tara Coo-Littman, also a member of the Breast Care Center’s President’s Council.
Sessions were held on healthy cooking, nutrition counseling, naturopathic approaches to healthcare, acupuncture, Qigong, Yoga, Pilates, and mental health counseling. Pilates, yoga and other wellness activities have been shown to benefit health.
“A gentle restorative Pilates class can help a woman with self confidence and control, improve sleep and alleviate fatigue, decrease stress and tension and enhance physical and mental well-being,” says Laura Pennock, who teaches Pilates classes at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center.
A Pilates class during the Here’s to Your Health women’s health night.
“Women see themselves as caretakers and neglect their own health while they care for others,” says Taikowski.“Our goal is to integrate healthy practices into their busy lives and reduce stress and disease in our community.”
Part of the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 18,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999.A member of the prestigious National Consortium of Breast Care Centers, the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials.
The Breast Care Center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women’s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities.The Center has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.For more information call (203) 255-5300 or visit the Center on the web at www.bridgeporthospital.org/cancer/breast.