Annual Women’s Health Day Event in Machane Yehuda Market



600 women enjoyed themselves at the Hadassah annual Women’s Health Day event, which was held for the first time this year in Machane Yehuda market.

The traditional event, which was organized by The Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women’s Health at Hadassah, the municipality of Jerusalem, and the Ministry of Health, was a great success. The 600 women from the Jerusalem region enjoyed a variety of workshops, tours and sport events. The topic of this year’s event, which was held in Machane Yehuda market on May 24, was “Healthy Mediterranean Nutrition”. The event was led by Tal Atzmon, Hadassah’s Women’s Health Center coordinator.

The workshops included exercises for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles  by physical therapist Asia Kopytman, pelvic floor strengthening according to “Paula Method” by Dr. Michal Liebergall R.N; PhD, and a cooking class by chef Eran Ben-Harush from Hadassah Optimal, that included a recipe for Bass wrapped with Swiss Chard in a Tehina-Tsiziki and herbs sauce. Aviah Barak, a Hadassah nurse, gave a unique baby massage class in which babies and their mothers enjoyed and relaxed. The tours were also a great success, such as the culinary tour by Tali Friedman, who presented healthy Mediterranean food that can be found in the market. The sport classes, such as the Tai-Chi by “El Ha’Lev” association and exercise by dance on the central stage, also drew a lot of attention.

Member of the Knesset, Dr. Rachel Adato who attended the event, said, “As a person who deals a lot with women’s health, I was happy to take part in the event for women’s health in the market. The activities in Machane Yehuda market, which represents the city of Jerusalem most of all, were a colorful combination of exercise and proper diet spiced with the market’s fragrance and colors, which are the winning recipe for health”.
Prof. Neri Laufer, the Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said that “the origins of Hadassah in the early 20th century were actions of improving the health of the community in the form of baby care. Hadassah is committed to the health of the community today as well, and one of our efforts in this matter is to hold health events that are open to the general public. Having the event in the market was actually a connection between healthy food and proper life style, and left a taste for more”.

About the Center for Women’s Health at Hadassah

The Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women’s Health at Hadassah was established ten years ago, and is a multidisciplinary center that takes a holistic approach to women’s health in all aspects of physical, mental and social life, according to the women’s needs and cultural background. The center initiates many researches, hold different projects and is connected to the community and to women’s organizations. The center established and is leading special projects in 3 communities in and around Jerusalem, in Beit Shemesh, in Abu Gosh and in Gonnenim neighborhood (Katamonim), whereby volunteers trained by Hadassah experts work with the women. The center’s projects are based on collaboration with various institutions and are very successful. The women’s health day event is a yearly tradition. In the past seven years the events were held within the Israel Museum, and this year it went out to the market for the first time.

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