The Lodge at Woodloch Set to Host Inaugural Women’s Wellness Week

The Lodge at Woodloch is excited to announce its first-ever Women’s Wellness Week, scheduled from May 17th to May 25th. This exclusive event aims to celebrate women’s health and well-being through a series of enriching activities, workshops, and experiences designed to empower, educate, and inspire. Throughout the week, guests will have the opportunity to engage with leading experts in nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and self-care.

Anne Fulenwider, Co-Founder and CO-CEO of Alloy Women’s Health, takes center stage as the featured presenter of the week. With a distinguished background as a former magazine editor at The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, and as editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, Anne’s journey into women’s health was driven by personal loss and a commitment to reshape discussions around women’s post-reproductive health. Drawing from research by Dr. Sharon Malone, Chief Medical Director at Alloy Women’s Health, and Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor at Yale University of Medicine, Anne will delve into the complexities of menopause, exploring topics such as hormone replacement therapy and non-hormonal alternatives. She and health journalist and integrative wellness coach Sheryl Kraft will also address common queries surrounding menopause, offering valuable insights and guidance.

Whether traveling solo or with friends, Women’s Wellness Week at The Lodge at Woodloch is ideal for women of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking to prioritize their health and well-being in a supportive and nurturing environment. The program will feature a diverse range of workshops and activities:

  • Nutrition and Health:
    • Licensed clinical nutritionist Lori Fish Bard will share insights on smart nutrition for busy women and strategies for boosting energy levels through diet and lifestyle changes.
    • Certified leadership mindset coach Deb Cummins Stellato will address the challenge of daily self-care, offering strategies to break free from overwhelm and live a high-impact life.
  • Educational Experiences:
    • Certified Herbalist Heather Houskeeper will discuss herbal teas for relaxation and improved sleep, guiding participants through the art of blending fragrant herbs to awaken the senses and soothe the nervous system.
    • Professional Organizer Liora Seltzer will lead a session on the transformative KonMari Method™, empowering attendees to declutter spaces and cultivate joy and calm.
    • Certified Sommelier Sara Jimenez will conduct “Sip Smart” classes in which guests will learn to master the alchemy of beverages and create concoctions that dazzle without the side effects associated with sugary drinks and alcohol.
    • Aroma Wellness for Women classes will highlight the ways that essential oils can be utilized safely and effectively. Guests will have the opportunity to craft their very own aroma wellness blend.
  • Fitness Classes:
    • From barre and strength training workouts to aquatic pole dancing, guests can choose from a variety of fitness activities designed to tone muscles, improve flexibility, and boost energy levels.
  • Art Workshops:
    • Creative sessions featuring floral arranging and Zendoodle offer opportunities for self-expression and relaxation, allowing participants to tap into their artistic side.
  • Evening Activities:
    • Bingo Singo, trivia games, and karaoke nights provide opportunities for socializing with other guests as the day winds down.

“We are thrilled to host Women’s Wellness Week at The Lodge at Woodloch,” said Nancy Deaton, Spa Director. “Our goal is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where women can prioritize their health and wellness while connecting with like-minded individuals and experts in the field.”

In addition to the scheduled programming, guests will have ample opportunities to unwind and recharge amidst the tranquil surroundings of The Lodge at Woodloch. Whether relaxing at the spa, exploring the expansive grounds, or simply enjoying moments of quiet reflection, each day offers a chance for renewal and self-discovery.

Availability for Women’s Wellness Week is limited, and advance reservations are required. For more information, please visit The Lodge at Woodloch website here, or call 570-685-8000 and select option 2. 

Geisinger Announces Importance of Pap Smears for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Routine Pap smears are one of the best (and simplest) ways to prevent and detect cervical cancer.
Scott C. Purinton, MD, PhD, chief of gynecologic oncology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Whether it’s your first or fifth time, it’s completely normal to feel nervous or have questions before a Pap smear. But knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease before your appointment.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Staying up to date on your Pap smears is a big part of that.

Here’s what to know about this valuable procedure.

A Pap smear, or Pap test, checks for changes in your cervical and vaginal cells that could develop into cancer over time.

One of the biggest advantages of these tests is their ability to detect abnormal cells before they even become cancerous. This leads to earlier treatment and better outcomes.

During the procedure, your healthcare provider gently scrapes cells from your cervix. These cells are examined for changes and can also be tested for human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer.

While these screenings can be a little uncomfortable and awkward, they should never cause pain.

How often you need a Pap smear depends on your age and health history. The guidelines are:

  • Women ages 21 – 29: You should have a Pap smear every three years.
  • Women ages 30 – 65: Discuss the following options with your doctor:
    • Have both a Pap smear and an HPV test every 5 years
    • Have only a Pap smear every 3 years
    • Have only an HPV test every 5 years
  • Women older than 65: You might no longer need to be screened, depending on your health history and doctor’s recommendation.

Whether you’re sexually active or not, you still need a Pap smear. While most cervical cancers are caused by HPV (which is sexually transmitted), this isn’t the case for all cancers. 

Pap smears don’t screen for STIs like HPV, gonorrhea or chlamydia. Instead, they test for any abnormal cell changes that could lead to cervical cancer. If you want additional testing for STIs, ask your healthcare provider during your appointment.

A Pap smear is different from a pelvic exam but you should have both.

A pelvic exam is typically performed at your annual well-woman visit with your healthcare provider. During this exam, they’ll check your vulva, vagina, cervix, ovaries, uterus, rectum and pelvis for any abnormalities.

A Pap smear specifically screens for precancerous changes. If you’re due for one, you can get a Pap smear during your annual pelvic exam.

Depending on how heavy your flow is, your period may affect the results of your Pap smear.

A lot of blood can make your sample harder to read, which could produce inaccurate results. This shouldn’t be an issue if your flow is lighter.

The best thing you can do is call your provider’s office and talk about your options. There’s no reason to avoid it while on your period unless you’re having the exam because of abnormal discharge or another concern. 

P.S. Your period does not bother your healthcare provider.

Cervical cancer is preventable — and receiving regular Pap tests is the best way to prevent it.

Remind your mom, sisters, friends — every woman in your life — to schedule their appointment (especially if it’s been a few years).

And if you still have questions, don’t be afraid to ask your provider. There are no bad questions when it comes to your health. We want you to be open and honest so we can help you achieve your best health. 

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