Simple Lifestyle Changes for Improving Women’s Health



We've all heard that exercise, managing stress and healthy eating are the cornerstone of a healthy life.  You can find tons of advice on how to make lifestyle changes that benefit your health -- anywhere from the how to have the right amount of sleep to the effects food has in specific parts of your body; after all, a healthy life IS a happy life!

But what is the research behind all these suggestions?  How does it improve your health?  What are those 'simple' lifestyle changes we can implement NOW to be healthier?

The Howell Foundation will be hosting Dr. Sears on May 20th.  She will present the latest information about how eating patterns and sedentary behavior are associated with the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. She will share insights from her latest women’s health-focused research and newly-funded projects in these areas.  Come learn about how you can make changes TODAY that may help improve your life-long health.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Dorothy Sears, Associate Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, earned a B.S. at the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sears has been conducting obesity and obesity-related disease research since 1995.  She is an internationally recognized expert in these fields which include type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast cancer.

Dr. Sears uses a variety of analytical approaches to identify which and how physiological pathways are altered in disease and by therapeutic intervention. Her scope of study spans molecular to population levels. Dr. Sears aims to identify and characterize genes, metabolites, biochemical pathways and behaviors that are regulators and/or biomarkers of cardiometabolic disease risk and which can be used as novel therapeutic targets or diagnostic tools.

She is Principal Investigator (PI) of an on-going clinical laboratory study of the metabolic and physiologic effects of prolonged sitting in postmenopausal women. She is also PI of the Basic Science Project component of a newly funded American Heart Association Go Red for Women Research Center, the focus of which is Sedentary Behavior in Latinas.

Dr. Sears is President of the American Diabetes Association San Diego Area Community Leadership Board.  She is passionate about supporting women in STEM-related fields; she is co-founder of the UCSD Women in Health Sciences and has recently held several Executive Board positions on the Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter (2010-2015).

Take a  look at Dr. Sears' work at her Faculty website with links to publications and LinkedIn page:  http://tinyurl.com/searsucsd

Please make sure you REGISTER TODAY to save your spot.  Seating is limited and almost full.  We hope t o see you there!

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About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.howellfoundation.org.

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