A Sellout Crowd to Hear About Women, Laughter &
By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- Loretta LaRoche, an international stress
management and humor consultant, whose wit and humor has
entertained live audiences, television viewers and readers for more
than 30 years, will be the keynote speaker at the 15th
Women's Health Update, "Women, Laughter and Health"
on Oct. 18.
The conference, sponsored by the University of Connecticut's
School of Allied Health and CIGNA HealthCare, runs from 3:30 to
7:30 p.m. at La Renaissance in East Windsor. Tickets are sold
LaRoche is the author of the best-selling books, Life is Not
a Stress Rehearsal and Relax! You May Only Have a Few
Minutes Left. She is a member of the Mind/Body Medical Center
in Boston, affiliated with Harvard University and is one of the
most sought after lecturers in the country. Her five PBS television
specials air nationally.
LaRoche, who lives in Plymouth, Mass., will share her
observations about why laughter is not only the best medicine, but
also the sharpest weapon we have to whittle away at stress.
"Given the recent events, we all need a good laugh right
now and our timing for this topic was accidentally perfect,"
says Cynthia Adams, associate dean of allied health and the
conference chair. "Although serious health issues will be
addressed, we'll be learning and laughing at the same
Four other speakers promise to give the audience a hearty
chuckle, as well as vital information about women's health
"Happy Hormones" will be presented by Dr. Mary Jane
Minkin, an OB-GYN physician affiliated with the Yale School of
Medicine, as she explains what happens to hormones during
Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, associate professor of the UConn School of
Allied Health, will help the audience "Strengthen Your
Funnybone" by discussing her current research in
For "Humorous Talk About Women and Sex," Janell
Carroll, an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of
Hartford will take the podium. She is a certified sexuality
educator and columnist.
Meg Gaughan, an associate professor of nutrition and family
studies at St. Joseph College in Hartford and a registered
dietitian, will "Leave 'em Laughing" as she pokes fun
at women through the ages.
Tickets for the event are sold out.
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