February 15, 2011
Mass Mutual Center
DR. MARIE SAVARD
AUTHOR / WOMEN’S HEALTH EXPERT
Marie Savard, MD is one of the most trusted voices on women’s health, wellness, and patient empowerment. Dr. Savard is an accomplished author having penned several books including Apples & Pears: the Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness, How to Save Your Own Life: The Savard System for Managing – and Controlling – Your Health Care, and The Savard Health Record. Her most recent book, Ask Dr. Marie: Straight Talk and Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions, provides frank, honest answers to the intimate questions that many women are afraid to discuss. The book topped Wall Street Journal’s 2009 List of Recommended Reading for a Healthy New Year.
Dr. Savard is a frequent speaker and spokesperson on behalf of a wide array of women’s health issues, featured in print, radio, and television. She was recently named as a medical contributor to ABC News, and she has also appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The Early Show, and Good Morning America.
In addition to providing commentary on the latest women’s health information through her website and newsletters, she is beginning a regular blog and periodic podcast titled, Ask Dr. Marie…and take charge of your health, to answer questions and reach out to the thousands of women she connects with on a regular basis. She has been asked hundreds of questions from women in the past years on a wide array of topics of impact and interest to most women. It is her comprehensive, compassionate, and sometimes humorous responses to these universal questions that are the subject of her current book project. Her responses not only inform, they challenge women to take charge of their health and make the best decisions for themselves and for their family.
Dr. Savard earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the former director of the Center for Women’s Health and associate professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was technical advisor to the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and served on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subcommittee on Clinical Competency in Women’s Health. She was also a health columnist for Woman’s Day magazine and senior medical consultant to Lifetime Television’s Strong Medicine.
Dr. Savard is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and of the Board of Overseers of its School of Nursing. She is a member of the public policy advisory board of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Trustee of the College of Physicians, chair the PhyillyHealthInfo.org Advisory Board, and member of the Family Circle and Popsmear.org Advisory Board.
• Dr. Marie: Straight Talk and Reassuring Answers to Your Most Private Questions
• A Body Shape Approach to Heart Health: Assessing Risk, Understanding Hormone Choices and Making Optimal Decisions
• The Shape of Your Health: Harnessing the Power of Body Shape to Promote Health and Wellness
• How to Save Your Own Life: Empowering People to Manage Their Health and Health Choices
• Empowering Women to be Effective Collaborators
• Women’s Health and Patient Empowerment
Imagine, having a heart attack, at the age of thirty-five, while pregnant with twins. Eliz Greene’s life changed in the span of a few hours. Not only did she survive a ten-minute cardiac arrest, the cesarean delivery of her daughters and open-heart surgery -- all on the same day -- she gained new perspective and passion for life.
Her heart attack forced her to slow down and pay attention to what was important -- to engage life rather than just endure it! She was young and in good health prior to her heart attack, which was caused by a rare complication of pregnancy. Determined not to lose her newfound passion and to regain her health, Eliz developed strategies to fit activity and healthy habits into her life. She lost the more than eighty pounds she gained while pregnant and has since become a recreational triathlete.
Drawing on her training as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed down-to-earth strategies for building activity into everyday life, eating better and managing stress. Eliz shares simple strategies to live longer and fell better in her book, "The Busy Woman's Guide to a Healthy Heart," as well as in wellness programs and keynote speeches.
Today, as the director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz has made it her mission to:
Inspire women to pay attention to their #1 health threat, heart disease.
Educate health care providers about women and heart disease and the importance of addressing heart disease with all of their female patients.
Champion the cause of women and heart disease by celebrating female survivors who make a difference.
Eliz is an author, professional speaker, and is often identified as the “Red Dress Lady.” She brings passion and life to the red dress – the symbol for women and heart disease used by the American Heart Association (AHA) and other organizations to promote public awareness. A passionate advocate for the cause, Eliz is a national spokesperson for the AHA. She has lobbied Congress on their behalf and currently chairs the Wisconsin State Advocacy Committee.
Her wellness programs, articles and speeches encourage others to make simple, yet meaningful, changes in their lives. Today, Eliz is a healthy 43-year-old living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, Clay, and beautiful (now 8-year-old) daughters.
Get inspired. Get informed. Join health and fitness experts, medical professionals, and women like you to hear the concrete steps you can take today for better heart health.
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