Free "Women's Heart Matters" Workshop Deals with Stress

Northwestern Medicine
Women's Health October 23, 2013

It’s hard for busy women to put themselves on their own to-do list. But if you’re feeling stressed or are concerned about stress’ impact on your health, take an hour over lunch on October 29 for a free “Stress and Wellness Workshop” with Kim Feingold, PhD, founder of the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Service of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Kim L. Feingold, PhD

The workshop is part of Northwestern’s “Women’s Heart Matters” fall lecture series.

“I think everyone in the community in this day and age is experiencing stress,” Feingold said. “This workshop will be a helpful reminder of the impact of stress on the body and mind and will reinforce healthy habits.”

Feingold will talk about both the healthy impact of our bodies’ stress reactions as well as the downsides of chronic stress, including its relationship to cardiac disease. She’ll also discuss productive ways of dealing with stress and give tips on some positive ways to combat stress’ negative consequences.

“Women tend to be caregivers and are often juggling a lot,” Feingold said. “Sometimes women have more difficulty taking care of themselves because of their inherent tendency to nurture others. There are always things that we can do within our control that can help us react better to stressors.”

The “Stress and Wellness Workshop” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. October 29, part of the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center and Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute’s “Women’s Heart Matters” fall lecture series. The free session will be held at Prentice Women’s Hospital’s Canning Auditorium.

Feingold is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in cardiac psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on enhancing quality of life among cardiac and transplant populations, with particular interest in the interplay between depression, stress, and heart disease.

To register, call Health Resources at 312.926.8400. 

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