Oct. 5 Omaha Women's Health & Wellness Conference to focus on becoming your best

The focus of the conference is to empower women on what they can do now to accomplish the goal of a better, healthier future.

“Becoming Your Best Future Self,” is the theme of the 15th annual Omaha Women’s Health and Wellness Conference on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Embassy Suites Omaha - La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. The focus of the conference is to empower women on what they can do now to accomplish the goal of a better, healthier future.

The conference, which is open to the public, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Sept 28. The cost of the conference is $59, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, four keynote speakers and seven breakout speakers. A variety of health screenings will be offered at no charge, including blood pressure, glaucoma, balance and posture, body mass index, cardiovascular and oral health.

Low cost screenings including lipid profile, glucose profile and complete blood count will be available for $17, and a thyroid-stimulating hormone test will be available for $7.

Flu shots will be offered for $15. 

Speakers are:

  • Breakfast keynote -- “Creating Lasting Change: Preparing, Acting and Maintaining,”  Larra Petersen-Lukenda, Ph.D., health behavior coordinator and staff psychologist at the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Healthcare System
  • General session -- “Cognitive Vitality: Maintaining a Healthy Brain,” Jane Potter, M.D., professor and geriatrician in the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division of Geriatrics & Gerontology
  • Luncheon keynote -- “Becoming Your Future Self,” Julie Masters, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Closing session -- “Diet and Exercise as Medicine for Whole Body Health,” Daniel Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., cardiologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Participants will choose from afternoon topics that include: how consumers can get the most from their visit with a health professional; strategies to foster resilience for a happier and more focused life; the love-hate relationship with food and how to make healthier choices; and how to sort out fact from fiction on the Internet. Participants also will learn about mindfulness and yoga, two techniques that can provide mental and physical health benefits.

Nursing credit is available for an additional $30.

For more details about the conference or for a registration form, call the Olson Center for Women’s Health at (402) 559-6345, or logon to www.omahawomenshealthandwellness.org.  Conference updates also can be found on their Facebook page.

The conference is sponsored by the Olson Center for Women’s Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, The Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Wellness Council of the Midlands.

Platinum sponsor of the conference is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, MomsEveryday.com, UNMC Physicians and Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital.

Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu.


Vicky Cerino
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-5190