Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
Marketing/Public Relations Department, Marcus Johnson
AMERICUS, GA -- May 18, 2013 — Hundreds of women turned out for Phoebe Sumter's 4th Annual Women's Health Conference, which was held at the Student Success Center on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University.
This year's theme focused on Hypertension, which is known as the Silent Killer because it rarely has any symptoms.
"More than 300 women came out today, despite the rain and many other activities that were going on this weekend," said Marcus Johnson, Phoebe Sumter's Director of Marketing & Public Relations. "Hypertension affects more than 76 million Americans, and if left untreated it can lead to a stroke, heart attack or other major illnesses. Our goal today was to break the silence about hypertension by distributing useful information and with knowledgeable clinicians that were here to answer questions."
Participants were able to get free health screenings and information for a number of local vendors. Health seminars were conducted by Ashley Patterson, Registered Dietitian (Nutrition); Sean Sheff, MD (Bariatrics) and Malcolm Floyd, MD (Hypertension and Overall Health). In addition, a number of women participated in the Zumba sessions that were conducted by Kellie Leary and Monteshia Holt. The event ended with encouraging words for keynote speaker Charlene Pennymon. A native of Americus, Pennymon participated in this year's Boston Marathon and finished just before the explosions occurred. She urged the women in the group to do some form of exercise and support one another because that will help them be successful.
"We try to add new things each year, and this year it was Zumba and we had a lot of participation," said Johnson. "We definitely want to thank all the ladies who came out, and we also want to thank all the volunteers and vendors who helped make this event a success."
For more information on hypertension and ways it can be prevented and treated, please consult with your physician or call (229) 924-6011 to find a physician.