Press Release for Wednesday, February 4, 2004

UNF Women's Group Tackles Cardiovascular Disease

(904) 620-2140

JACKSONVILLE – The University of North Florida’s College of Health and its new women’s group, Us, will bring the author of “Women Are Not Small Men” to Jacksonville in March.

A nationally known speaker and author, Dr. Nieca Goldberg will present a program on cardiovascular disease and women on Tuesday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Marriott at Southpoint. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling (904) 620-2810.

Goldberg’s lecture is the first event for Us, which aims “to motivate, educate and engage individuals” in improving women’s and girls’ health care. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States.

The women’s group has two goals. The first is to educate the community to improve the health of women and girls by bringing in speakers and through outreach programs. The second is to raise money to support research at the College of Health.

Us has three levels of membership, ranging from $50 to $500 or more. The group has attracted some well-known names in the community, including founding members Barbara Fletcher, Betty Berkman, Shereth Coble, Blanche Coggin, Carolyn Lane, Ailish O’Connor and Deborah Pass.

“It’s a wonderful way for us to further connect with the community by bringing in a nationally known speaker,” College of Health Dean Pam Chally said, adding that it gives students a chance to interact with and learn from leading health figures.