BELMAR, NJ — Some 80 women gathered at the Taylor Pavilion yesterday for an evening of inspiring conversation about living healthy — and a bit of pampering — during the fourth annual “In the Pink” Health Fair, hosted by Belmar Cares.
The breast cancer support group brought together a wide spectrum of medical and other professionals who presented the enlightening program on May 23. “If we can save one life with ‘In the Pink,’ then it’s a worthwhile endeavor,” said Claire Deicke, an event organizer who founded the group 10 years ago.
Guest speaker Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., medical director of breast surgery for Neptune-based Meridian Cancer Care, gave participants an overview of recent advances in breast cancer detection, and stressed the importance of genetics and knowing your family’s history of the disease.
Chiropractor Veera Gupta of Wall focused on how a healthy diet is tantamount to good health, while Kate Walters of Sweet Tease Tea Room and Café offered information on the healing powers of tea and how sitting down for a cup of tea can reduce stress for many.
Liz Balogh of Lin Linen’s explained the mission of her volunteer group in supporting women with cancer by creating personal healing sanctuaries that promote a positive mind, body, and spirit connection crucial to the healing process.
And yoga instructor Brenda Yarnold got the room moving with a chair yoga demonstration.
As for the “pink” pampering, attendees were also treated to pink manicures by Carol Cupoli and sister Camille Witkowski, both of Belmar, and Belmar Council President Jennifer Nicolay, as well as pink hair-painting by Teresa Vassallo of Vanity 18 Hair Salon in Lake Como.
Pink baked treats were served up as well, courtesy of the Belmar Woman’s Club.
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