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21st Annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women

Released: Friday, February 19, 2021

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Virtual presentations that cover everything from dealing with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine to the DASH Diet and how to be heart smart highlight the 21st annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women.

The health education sessions will be held virtually to ensure the safety of participants, volunteers, speakers, and health care providers. The sessions will be spread over two nights, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. This is the first time Wellness Day for Women will be held virtually and feature a second day of presentations.

The sessions and speakers for Feb. 23 are:

  • Dealing with Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic and a Changing World
    Eva Mathews, MD, MPH, OLOL Physician Group
  • Understanding the Link Between Obesity and COVID-19
    Peter Katzmarzyk, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • The DASH Diet: A Recipe for Success (featuring a cooking demonstration)
    Catherine Champagne, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    Cooking demonstration from Pennington Biomedical’s Metabolic Kitchen staff

The sessions and speakers for Feb. 25 are:

  • A Woman’s Life Cycle of Screenings
    Terrie Thomas, MD, Associates in Women’s Health
  • Cancer Screenings and the Importance of Early Detection
    Sobia Ozair, MD, Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion
  • Back to Basics: What You Need to Know to be Heart Smart
    Dawn DeNicola, NP, Louisiana Cardiology Associates
  • COVID-19 Vaccine: Facts vs. Fiction
    Sandra Brown, DNS, APRN, Southern University School of Nursing

To register, go to

Anyone who pre-registers will receive an email with the link to participate in the Zoom meeting. Each speaker will be available for a live Q&A session after their talk. The recordings of these presentations will be made available online a few days after the talks.


About LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. The center conducts basic, clinical and population research, and is affiliated with Louisiana State University. The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes over 450 employees within a network of 40 clinics and research laboratories, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Its scientists and physician/scientists are supported by research trainees, lab technicians, nurses, dietitians and other support personnel. Pennington Biomedical is located in state-of-the-art research facilities on a 222-acre campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.