GILBERT — The Women on Wellness Retreat has a special guest speaker penciled in for its mid-May event.
Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro, dean of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will deliver the lunch keynote speech at the Women on Wellness (WOW) Retreat at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert.
He will speak on “Salt, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease.”
“I am thrilled to participate in this year’s WOW retreat in Gilbert,” Shapiro said. “Women are the health care decision makers for themselves and their families. Empowering them to make better and more healthful decisions is one of the most important keys in helping our society reduce the high incidence of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
The WOW Retreat is geared toward helping women become motivated to adopt healthier lifestyles. They are given opportunities to experience new exercises and resources to assist them in choosing healthier menus and daily activities for themselves and their families.
A native of Newark, N.J., Shapiro received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1980. After completing a medical residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University, he trained as a fellow in renal diseases at the University of Colorado. He is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
He is the author or co-author of more than 100 original research articles, many of them focusing on his chosen specialty, nephrology. Shapiro is the associate editor for the Journal of the American Heart Association and is on the editorial boards of 13 other journals. Additionally, Shapiro holds the patents on 14 medical inventions.
This is the second annual WOW event at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center. Every participant will also receives a health screening provided by Southern West Virginia Health Systems. The screenings include cholesterol, glucose, Body Mass Index, eye screening and much more. For more information regarding the event, contact the LJHCC at 664-2500.