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Celebrity Fit Club doctor to speak at conference

SPRINGFIELD Dr. Ian Smith, noted New York Times bestselling author and television medical correspondent, will be the keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Baystate Health Spirit of Women Conference, "It's Time To Start Feeling Good About Yourself," Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

"Each year Spirit of Women at Baystate Health presents an annual conference that strives to educate and empower women to take an active role in their health and well being," said Tracy Whitley, coordinator, Spirit of Women, Baystate Health.

During his keynote presentation, the nationally-recognized doctor will discuss making lifestyle changes that lead to a healthier and happier life, reminding women to challenge themselves, not just for their physical health, but for their mind and spirit, too.

Smith is currently the medical/diet expert on VH1's high-rated "Celebrity Fit Club," host of "Meet the Faith" on BET and a medical contributor to ABC's popular show "The View." He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News and for NewsChannel 4, where he reported for NBC's "Nightly News" and "The "Today Show." He has written for various publications such as Time and Newsweek, as well as the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications, including People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan and the University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway.

Smith is also the author of five books, including the recently released #1 New York Times bestseller, "The Extreme Fat Smash Diet," the critically acclaimed "The Blackbird Papers," the 2005 BCALA fiction Honor Book Award winner, as well as "Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites" and "The Take-Control Diet."

The special day for women will also feature two lifestyle breakout sessions, including "Feeling Fabulous on the Outside," led by beauty experts from Macy's at the Holyoke Mall, Beaute Within Salon and Day Spa in Springfield and DiGrigoli Salons in West Springfield; and "Feeling Fit," led by staff from Baystate's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Department, focusing on stress reduction and relaxation techniques in relation to good heart health.

Registration, continental breakfast, and exhibitor displays for the conference begin at 8:30 a.m. and breakout sessions are from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Lunch is at noon followed by the keynote address at 12:45 p.m.

The cost of the conference is $40 for Spirit of Women members and $60 for non-members and includes conference materials, continental breakfast and luncheon.

The Spirit of Women Loyalty Program integrates clinical programs and services through consumer education and health and wellness activities across Baystate Health.

Women between the ages of 21 and 64 are eligible to join the Spirit of Women membership program. There are no application fees or dues with membership. As members, women may participate in a wide variety of Spirit of Women activities, special events, and lectures by Baystate Health clinical staff and regional and national guest speakers.

In addition to presentations held at Baystate Medical Center, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, the Spirit of Women Loyalty program coordinators collaborate to present off-site lectures.

The 9th Annual Spirit of Women Conference is sponsored in part by the Baystate Medical Center Auxiliary.

For more information about joining the Spirit of Women program, or to obtain a registration form for the conference, call The Professionals at 794-2255 or 1-800-377-HEALTH. Women can also register by visiting