12th Annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo: Weight Loss for Wellness: Lose Weight, Feel Great

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The twelfth annual Women's Health and Fitness Expo, scheduled this year for Saturday, May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the M. Clifford Miller School, 65 Fording Place Road, Lake Katrine, NY will focus on weight loss, the lifestyle changes that need to be put in place to maintain it, and the impact a healthy lifestyle can have on preventing and eliminating illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

In addition to presentations by several nationally recognized authorities on weight control, the main stage speakers will address the benefits of maintaining an ideal weight for overall health and wellness. Two top Harvard Medical School physicians and noted authors, Dr. Marie Pasinski (neurologist) and Dr. Malissa Wood (cardiologist), will discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including weight control, on heart and brain health. Experts will be available throughout the event for Q&A. This year's Expo will also spotlight events geared to men and children. Raffle prizes will include a NordicTrack AudioStrider 990 PRO valued at $1499 and a spin bike.

The annual Expo attracts well over 5,000 visitors, offering more than 20 free health screenings and over 75 interactive attractions, including expert speakers, workshops, fitness demos, chef demos, spa services, and a healthy food court. Around 125 exhibitor booths and informational tables related to health and well-being participate. Visitors receive complimentary bags filled with health and wellness products and information.

The 2012 Expo theme "Weight Loss for Wellness: Lose Weight, Feel Great," was developed with our nation's — and our region's — ever-alarming obesity rates in mind. (The New York State Health Department's most recent statistics indicate that 59.6 percent of Ulster County adults and 62.6 percent of Dutchess County adults are obese or overweight.) Obesity is often accompanied by chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Lifestyle changes required to achieve and maintain weight loss can be challenging. At any point in time, one in three women and one in five men in the United States are on some kind of diet, according to registered dietician and nationally recognized nutrition expert Mary Hartley, one of this year's main stage speakers. "These diets produce short-term weight loss but two or three years later 95 percent of traditional dieters regain the weight," she says.

This year's main stage speakers will include:
Mary Hartley, a registered dietitian, writer and leader in the nutrition field, will discuss the concept of "Intuitive Eating," a non-diet approach to weight-loss that "shifts the paradigm from weight-loss to wellness, from food fear to food pleasure and from body dissatisfaction to body trust." Hartley is the former Director of Nutrition for CalorieCount.com, a diet website owned by The New York Times. Hartley helped develop the website, which aids members in managing their diets and weight, and wrote the popular Ask Mary, your personal nutritionist column.

Dr. Marie Pasinski, a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, is the author of Boost Your Brain Power and Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You - 7 Steps to a Better, Smarter Younger You. She believes the key to changing our lives for the better involves improving our brains. Pasinski will present a program for keeping our brains in peak condition, training them with the same intent as elite athletes train their bodies;

Jessica Smith, a nationally-recognized fitness and lifestyle expert and promoter of the "10-Minute Solution" and author of Thin in 10, will discuss how exercising in short clips can improve our health and wellbeing and also fit into our lifestyle. The featured fitness expert on over 40 million boxes of Special K products, Smith has starred in 13 best-selling fitness DVD's since 2005;

Dr. Malissa Wood, a clinical cardiologist and staff physician in the Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, will present her new book, Smart at Heart: A Holistic 10-Step Approach to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease. Her approach bridges the gap between the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a healthy heart and delivers a toolbox of new scientific findings on what women at risk of heart disease can do to improve their own health;

Diane Carbonell, one of the nation's top weight-loss bloggers, is a formerly obese 300-pound mom who lost 150 pounds and has kept it off for 14 years. Carbonell will share her "Fit to the Finish" plan for weight loss that focuses on the percentage of fat in our diets, exercise and portion size;

Jennifer Rumple, the Biggest Loser At Home Winner from "Biggest Loser Season Twelve," will discuss losing 145 pounds while battling a serious knee injury on The Ranch. Jennifer weighed her heaviest at 365 pounds on her 39th birthday. Now 40 and 180 pounds lighter, she feels her new, healthy lifestyle and physical body finally match who she is on the inside. She's dedicated to inspiring others to make smart choices about nutrition and fitness and to live the most healthy, happy and amazing life possible;

Bernie Salazar, the Biggest Loser At Home Winner from "Biggest Loser Season Five", is now committed to helping combat the childhood obesity epidemic that is literally weighing down our nation's kids. His book Monstercise focuses on getting kids up and active by encouraging them to use their imagination as they participate in a series of fun and exciting movements with the help of an imaginary little monster named Frank;

Michael Tischler, DDS, a dentist with a private practice in Woodstock, will discuss gum disease and overall health, eating disorders and oral issues for women, pregnancy and oral health, and healthy dental self-esteem.

Liz Neporent, a health and fitness expert, writer and social media consultant, will also moderate a panel of the main stage speakers in the afternoon, giving the audience additional time to ask questions. Neporent is a regular contributor to ABC News where her influential online Reporter’s Notebook series covers a diversity of health topics such as the psychology of barefoot running and obesity in fruit flies. She is author and coauthor of more than 15 health books including Fitness for Dummies, now in its 4th edition and Weight Training for Dummies, now in its 3rd edition.

In addition to the main stage speakers, workshops on a variety of topics will be offered during the day, including: Management of Infertility and da Vinci Robotics, Myths and Facts of the Supplement Industry, Living Well in Spite of Endometriosis, and You Have The Power to Heal Yourself. Eight fitness demonstrations will also take place throughout the Expo, among them: Body Flow, Zumba and Zumba Gold for Seniors, Smart Bells, Dance Like No One is Watching, along with others in cooperation with the YMCA and MAC Fitness. More than half a dozen chefs will offer cooking demonstrations.

Held at Tech City in previous years, this year's Expo is moving to its new location at the M. Clifford Miller School because the increased space and layout there are better suited to main stage needs, cooking facilities, weight and fitness rooms and the ever-growing number of health and fitness professionals and exhibitors who will be participating, according to Dr. Debra Karnasciewicz, founder and director of the not-for-profit Women's Health and Fitness Foundation and the Expo.

Event details including online tickets and up-to-the-minute schedules can be found at http://www.womenshealthexpo.com.

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