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A Sellout Crowd to Hear About Women, Laughter & Health
(Released: 10/11/01)

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 out.

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 time."

Four other speakers promise to give the audience a hearty chuckle, as well as vital information about women's health issues.

"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 menopause.

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 osteoporosis.

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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