HealthMinder Day at BlogHer '13 Agenda

Session Details

Day 1

Breakfast, and Special Address from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Named one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes, Secretary Sebelius is a champion for national and global health, and has led ambitious efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities, and the elderly. She'll join attendees for a Q&A about the hot-button healthcare issues of our time. 

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Breakout One
Fitness and Nutrition | Health Blogging to Health Business

Take your passion and turn it into a thriving business that supports you and the community you are so deeply invested in.

Panelists: Amie Valpone, Ashley Hicks, and Stephanie Quilao; Moderator: Jenni Prokopy

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Self-Care and Social Health | What Is Enough?

Understanding the physical, emotional, and social cues which signal that we have helped enough, advocated enough, and done enough. Learn why those cues are important for our health, how to recognize and act on them.

Panelists: Elena Sonnino, Erin Kotecki Vest (via Skype), and Dr. P.;
Moderator: Heather King

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Special Needs and Caregiving | Changing Policy and Perception

Through their blogs, women are effecting massive change in their on-and-offline communities, and worlds. They are changing the way their communities and health care providers support their special-needs families.

Panelists: Christina Shaver, Julia Roberts, and Louise Kinross
Moderator: Jen Lee Reeves

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Lunch, and Keynote with Ashley Koff, RD

Over lunch, internationally renowned dietician, author, and health & lifestyle contributor Ashley Koff sits down with BlogHer Co-founder Jory Des Jardins to provide an overview of how you can (and should) assess your own health, including your energy levels, digestion, body composition, intolerances, and more.  Learn key insights on health trends encompassing food, fitness, stressors, demystify food and fitness trends vs fads, and discover ways you can optimize your own health.

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Breakout Two
Fitness and Nutrition | Weight vs. Health

These words are not synonymous, and sometimes not even correlated. Conflicting studies have muddied the waters. Societal standards seem ever more divergent from societal norms. And on the Internet, no one can see if you're healthy-but-overweight, or skinny-but-saggy. Bottom line: There is more to a person's health than what meets the eye, so let's talk about it.

Panelists: CeCe Olisa, Diane Lang, and Jennipher Walters
Moderator: Erika Nicole Kendall

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Self-Care and Social Health | Mental Health in the Online Space

What are the costs and benefits of sharing our mental health issues online? They say blogging is cheaper than therapy; all these bloggers know all about using their blogs as therapeutic outlet.

Panelists: A'Driane NievesAnne Theriault, and Aurelia Cotta
Moderator: Arnebya Herndon

Please no photo or video recordings during this session

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Special Needs and Caregiving: | The Sandwich Generation

Take an honest look at the challenges of being caretaker for both a parent and child, particularly when one or both has special needs.

Panelists: Cecily Kellogg, Pamela Merritt, and Varda Steinhardt; Moderator: PK Fields

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Breakout Three
Fitness and Nutrition | Fad to Foundation

Discover the ways a small idea can spark change that lasts a lifetime, and how even the smallest commitment of time or pledge of support can lay the foundation for a lifetime of health.

Panelists: Becky Sherrick Harks, Lisa Leake, and Roni Noone
Moderator: Anna Hartman

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Self-Care and Social Health | Personal Safety and Self-Defense for Women

This two part session will open with a discussion about personal safety issues affecting women and their families, and then give you the opportunity to learn so fantastically awesome but simple self-defense moves. You’ll get out your seats, on your feet, and learn what to do when it matters most, from personal safety expert (and Tae Kwon Do black belt) Cathy Steinberg. Be a part of the revolution!

Instructor: Cathy Steinberg

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Special Needs and Caregiving | State of the ‘Sphere

A moderated conversation with all track attendees about What I Struggle With and How I Do It, designed to identify our common problems and crowd-source solutions.

Moderators Ellen Seidman and Jennifer Myers invite you to get the conversation started in this group on's Community Forum!

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Closing Keynote with Rae Lewis-Thornton and Jeannine Harvey

More than ever, bloggers are using their platforms to create change and raise awareness. Online advocacy is on the rise, but when it comes to the unsexy, frightening, hard-to-face issues, there is no one more experienced at fighting for awareness, understanding, and education than Rae Lewis-Thornton. Since the day in 1986 when she was diagnosed with HIV, Rae Lewis-Thornton has been on a mission to drive awareness to and challenge the most common myths and stereotypes surrounding life with full-blown AIDS. She’s taken her story and message to the stage, to print, and now online where she is a digital crusader for those people today living with and dying from HIV, and for the one person every 10 minutes in the US who will be diagnosed with HIV. Interviewed by Jeannine Harvey of ONEmoms, Rae will share her story, her message of hope, community, and education for one of the most-avoided health issues we face today.

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