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WomenSource: Members want to talk about health
Nutrition, heart disease focus of summer series
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WomenSource Summer Health Series

Where: Walters Auditorium at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Green St. NE, Gainesville

How much: Free, but reservations are required

To RSVP: 770-503-9060, email or register online at

5:30-7 p.m. July 10: Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Healthier Lifestyle- Healthier You

5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 2: The Latest in Treatment of Heart Disease

5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 13: Taking Control of Your Cholesterol


For the last four years, WomenSource organizers have been working to help area women live their best lives.

The nonprofit’s monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series and annual Power of the Purse fashion show and shopping event are well known in the community, but it is the health series that solidifies the group’s dedication to personal improvement from the inside out.

The first session in the three-part Summer Health Series begins at 5:30 this evening in the Walters Auditorium at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 743 Spring St. NE, Gainesville. The sessions are free and include a light supper.

"This is the third health series that we’ve done," said Laura Haynes, WomenSource program coordinator.

"Our plan is for this to be something that we can do annually. Something that might grow and cover more health topics that are important to women."

Previous topics have covered breast health, hormone replacement therapy, bone density and avoiding middle-age weight gain.

All of the speakers for this latest series are doctors with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group.

The first session, "Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Healthier Lifestyle, Healthier You," is being facilitated by Dr. Katie Dudas.

Dudas specializes in family medicine and is a graduate of the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. She has an extensive background in community health and chronic disease management.

The Aug. 2 session will be led by Dr. Alan Wolfe, who will be speaking about "The Latest in Treatment of Heart Disease."

Wolfe, a graduate of Duke University, specializes in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He has been involved with the cardiac program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center since its inception.

"One of the benefits of the new treatment that he will be discussing is that it doesn’t require as long as a recovery period as other methods, so that may make it more appealing for busy women," Haynes said.

Dr. Monica Quinn Newton will close out the three-part series on Aug. 13 with her presentation on "Taking Control of Your Cholesterol."

Quinn Newton received her doctoral degree from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and specializes in family medicine. She has served as the regional vice president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

"All of the topics that are covered came from feedback we received from participants in our other programs," Haynes said.

"There were a lot of suggestions, so the (WomenSource board members) culled it down to some of the most important topics that we haven’t done before."

The series is sponsored by the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Dinner will be served each evening at 5:30 p.m. and the program will start at 6 p.m.

Although there’s no charge for the health series and you don’t have to be a WomenSource member to attend, participants must make advance reservations.

Interested parties can register for individual sessions or the entire series by calling the WomenSource office at 770-503-9060, visiting the nonprofit’s website or emailing their program coordinator at

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