Keynote Speaker: Gail Devers
The career of Gail Devers was one of perseverance and dominance in women’s track and field. A career that saw her compete until the age of 40, Devers is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and 13-time World Indoor and Outdoor medalist, 9 of them Gold Medals. In 1991, near the beginning of her career, Devers was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and began radiation treatment as doctors threatened to amputate her feet. Devers recovered to become one of the most dominant sprinters and hurdlers of her time. She won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 100m along with gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m in 1996. At the World Outdoor Championships she won three gold medals in the 100m hurdles (‘93, ‘95, ‘99) along with a gold medal in the 100m in 1993 and 4x100m in 1997. She won World Indoor Championships gold three times in the 60m (‘93, ‘97, and ‘04) and one in the 60m hurdles (‘03). In 2007, at the age of 40, Devers won the 60m hurdles at the Millrose Games in 7.86 seconds, which was the fastest time in the world that year. A 10-time USA Outdoor 100m hurdles champion; she is a two-time winner of the ESPY for Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Gail recently became an author. Her book GAIL DEVERS MY LIFE IN STORY: STRONGER was released in 2015 and available at http://cosbymediaproductions.com/gail-devers-my-life-in-story-stronger/,. Gail’s most recent endeavor is GD By: Gail Devers, a Nail Polish, Lip balm/gloss, and foot care line slated for release at the end of the year.
Healthcare heroes from the community and health/wellness fields have been carefully chosen for the purpose of giving you plenty to learn and practice. We are covering all topics that keep women up at night, from protecting our children and caring for aging parents to those darn night sweats!
9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The Age of Change
Any warrior of womanhood knows that managing menopause takes true super powers. We’re here to offer some helpful hints on how to best navigate the hormotional metamorphosis every Superwoman must face. We’ll have experts on hand to talk honestly about how to fight back against hot flashes, hormones, bladder control, mood swings, sex drive, insomnia, brain fog and more. Together we can learn to be avengers of “the change.”
Fitness Frenzy (interactive workshop)
Even superheroes need exercise to power up and push themselves to be the best they can be. Knowing where to start can be intimidating, so we’re going to introduce you to the latest fitness trends first-hand. GMC’s Sports Medicine experts will help you learn how to pick a workout program best for you and give you an opportunity to try some workout styles onsite to see what feels right to you. It’s time to add elasticity to your superpower list.
Fight or Flight Self Defense (interactive workshop)
Every Superwoman knows the basics – stay alert, confident and aware of your surroundings – but there are lots of other important tips to know when it comes to personal safety. GMC’s Public Safety heroes will offer a wonderful class to help enhance your defensive skills so you are ready when villains strike.
Nutrition Know How
Superwomen are most often the overseers of the family kitchen. When a health condition strikes like diabetes, heart disease or celiac it’s hard to know how to adjust your eating, shopping, and cooking habits to ensure you are doing just as the doctor ordered. Enjoy live, healthy cooking demonstrations, while learning important tips on how to read labels, foods to draw to or avoid, guidelines for calorie and nutrient intakes, and so much more. You’re sure to have your fan base raving about your new culinary delights.
Is My Kid Normal? (FYI: normal is a setting on a washing machine)
Every mom has a furry of questions, concerns and fears swirling in her head 24/7 about her children. Does he have ADHD or is he just being an active boy? Should I be worried that she still has baby fat or is she destine for a life of obesity? What is sensory processing disorder? When should I consider consulting a therapist? What if…? Is this okay? All your burning “smothering” questions answered by Doc Mom!