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February 19, 2004

The California Science Center Launches Premiere of The Changing Face of Women's Health Exhibit with Free Women's Health Festival: Making Healthy Choices

Los Angeles, CA — The California Science Center announced plans today to launch the West Coast April 3 premiere of The Changing Face of Women’s Health exhibit with a Women’s Health Festival: Making Healthy Choices. This one-day free celebration takes place on April 3, 2004 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature celebrity guests, health experts, resource providers, performance artists and a host of health related special activities geared toward inspiring women and their families to explore key health and well-being issues.

“The Science Center is pleased to present the West Coast debut of The Changing Face of Women's Health and to launch it in such an exciting way with the Women's Health Festival: Making Healthy Choices," notes Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President of the California Science Center. "We hope that women throughout Southern California will take advantage of the Festival and exhibit as an opportunity to learn more about caring for their health and to share concerns and experiences while discovering new ways to enhance their well-being."

Highlights of the Women's Health Festival will include:

  • Breakout panel discussions throughout the day on health, teen and special issues and will be lead by some of today’s leading experts. Panels will cover a broad range of subjects, such as cancer, alternative medicine, mental health, teenage pregnancy and menopause.
  • The Fitness Zone, a space where women can learn more about the benefits of yoga, Tai Chi, Self Defense Pilates and much more from leaders in their fields.
  • The Beauty Zone, a designated area where professional vendors will provide pedicures, manicures and massages, as well as a section where women can relax while sampling foods from select exhibitors.
  • The Kids Zone, a place where your children can experience fun activities designed just for them. Watch your kids learn in a fun, safe environment through such innovative events as a dance class, a drawing contest, and cooking lessons.

This festival has been made possible through a grant provided to The California Science Center by The Unihealth Foundation.

UniHealth Foundation
UniHealth Foundation is an independent private foundation founded in 1998 when UniHealth, a vertically integrated health care delivery system, changed the means by which it fulfilled its charitable mission and became a grant-making organization. The Foundation's mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well being of individuals and communities within its service area.

The Changing Face of Women’s Health Exhibit
The Changing Face of Women’s Health, an immersive exhibition makes a dramatic statement in terms of just how far women’s health has come in the past 50 years — with visuals, video, art and interactives, which address a number of issues including: why many American women are “conditioned” to be obsessed with body image, illuminating how the actions of our youth have a huge impact on our later years, and touching on issues universally experienced by women at every stage of life.

The Changing Face of Women’s Health will :

  • dispel misconceptions of what ranks as the #1 killer of women (it’s heart disease, not breast cancer)
  • spotlight landmark studies that changed our understanding not only of women’s health, but forged the way for new and innovative treatments for males
  • showcase the most up-to-date scientific information on women’s health
  • promote learning, prompt open discussion and impress upon visitors the role each one of us — young and old, male or female — can take in maximizing our health.

The Changing Face of Women’s Health
The Changing Face of Women’s Health, which closes on June 6, 2004, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, Metropolitan Life Foundation and Pfizer Women’s Health. The exhibit was developed by the National Health Sciences Consortium, which includes: the California Science Center, Los Angeles; the Exploratorium, San Francisco; the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia; Maryland Science Center, Baltimore; Museum of Science, Boston; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; national Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC; New York Hall of Science, New York City; and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland.

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