Community • 27 May 2022

Women’s Wellness Day Inspires Healthy Living

By uci_admin

“Finding Your Balance,” the 20th annual Women’s Wellness Day community education explored the latest evidence for integrative health practices and offered practical takeaways designed to give participants new tools for pursuing a personal, balanced approach to wellness.

Hosted by the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, the annual event explored tools and treatments for finding the balance between treating disease and restoring health. The sold-out event was held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach and streamed live online.

Attendees began and ended the day with optional yoga and mindfulness sessions. Speakers addressed aging and longevity, optimizing sleep to prevent disease, herbs for women’s health, practices for reducing cancer risk, a potential new treatment for chronic pain, menopause and intimacy. Keynote speakers Dr. Mark Hyman, founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA, and Dr. Heather Moday, owner of the Moday Center for Functional and Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia, addressed food as medicine and the science of building immune resilience respectively.

“It’s a testament to our community’s commitment to health that some of the same people who attended the first Women’s Wellness Day 20 years ago were also present at our 2022 event,” said Dr. Shaista Malik, executive director of the UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. “Over the years, Orange County residents have become more knowledgeable about and engaged in whole-person care, with the program evolving to reflect their interest in new topics. This year, for example, we were pleased to hear one of the Samueli Institute’s first research grant recipients, Dr. Daniele Piomelli, share early findings from his research into a promising new medical food for preventing chronic pain.”

The event was planned by a 24-member community committee chaired by Megan Stirrat, senior vice president of Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch.

It has been my honor to be involved with Women’s Wellness Day for the past nine years. This year was the best Women’s Wellness Day ever because we were back together,” said Stirrat, “We appreciate the vendors and professionals who helped participants expand their horizons with exceptional experiences, products and programs for body, mind, and spirit. We are also incredibly grateful this year’s sponsors for making this day happen.”

The success of the 20th annual Women’s Wellness Day was aided by support from generous individuals and organizations. Major sponsors included:

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