News | Published May 9, 2012

Talking about women’s health and wellness

In celebration of women's health, this issue of Life & Health addresses some health risks that women face today and how they can be more proactive in protecting themselves from some of these common health problems. From heart disease to diabetes, it's important to remember that prevention is key.

Wellness is a concept that would seem "natural." However, the busy lifestyles of modern families contributes to a sense that there "isn't enough time" to take good care of ourselves.

Wellness is as much a mindset, an attitude, and strength of focus as it is anything else. And it also has to do with the whole person - spiritual, mental, physical. An attitude of wellness in an individual might in actuality preempt disease, because the choices that a person living a lifestyle of "wellness" makes helps form an overall preventative strategy.

In conjunction with Women's Health Month, tune into Life & Health in the 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm timeframe on WTAJ-TV 10's Central PA LIVE program on Thursdays to learn more about women's health from healthcare providers at Mount Nittany.

  • May 10 - Emily Peterson, MD, plastic surgeon, Mount Nittany Physician Group, presenting "Moms looking and feeling their best." Visit to see the latest specials at Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgery.
  • May 17 - "A tour of the Breast Care Center"
  • May 24 - "Women's heart health"
  • May 31 - Leslie Purcell, AuD, Mount Nittany Physician Group, presenting "What aren't you hearing?"

Mount Nittany takes the lead in wellness in the workplace
Mount Nittany has recently announced a tobacco-free policy, which will take effect on Sept. 4, 2012 at the Medical Center, all of the physician group offices, and other Mount Nittany buildings and properties. This is a major step in encouraging a safe, healthy environment for both employees and the people who come to Mount Nittany to receive care.

Another initiative of Mount Nittany is an employee wellness program, which begins this month. Employees are provided with incentives and tools for setting and reaching goals for health and wellness.