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January 21
Girl Talk
St. Luke's Hospital

January 31 - March 6
Wellness College: Personal Pathway to Weight Loss
Six-week course beginning January 31
St. Luke's Hospital

February 25
Day of Dance
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

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Are you taking advantage of this great Spirit Member benefit? Don't forget that Spirit Members get exclusive discounts at area retailers. Simply show your Spirit key tag when shopping to save.

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Catch the Spirit
Many of us don't think about it, but through our families, we can gain insight into many diseases that we may be susceptible to based on our genetics. The holidays are a perfect time to have a conversation with your family members about medical history. Make getting healthier a joint commitment between you and family. Encouraging and motivating each other to take positive action towards health will provide more opportunities to enjoy each other's companionship and love for this holiday season and beyond.

Happy, healthy holidays to you and your family!

Mary Pfenning, RN, MSN, Spirit of Women Coordinator
314-205-6654 - spiritofwomen@stlukes-stl.com

If you are interested in learning more about genetics and your health, St. Luke's offers Genetic Counseling Services for preconception, infertility, prenatal, neonatal, adult family history of genetic disorder, and cancer risk. Learn more.

Oh, What a Night!
Pampering, health tips, retail therapy, fun, friends and great food describe the night more than 700 women enjoyed at St. Luke's Spirit Girls' Night Out on Oct. 20 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center. From mini-massages, mini-makeovers, handbag shopping and girlfriend photos, to an inspiring keynote by national Spirit of Women President Tanya Abreu, health screenings and discussions over dessert with more than 25 doctors, there was something for

Thank you to all who joined us for a spectacular evening. If you missed it, Spirit Girls' Night Out is an annual event every October. To see event photos, check out the
photo album on St. Luke's Facebook page.

Celebrating Inspiring, Healthy Women
In front of a packed ballroom at St. Luke's Spirit Girls' Night Out on Oct. 20,
St. Luke's Vice President Jan Hess proudly presented four inspiring women with the 2011 St. Luke's Hospital Healthy Woman Award (pictured left to right): Deborah Weinstein, Sandy Rafferty, Kathy Flaspohler and Victoria Babu. The annual award recognizes and celebrates women who not only take steps to improve their own health, but also inspire better health in the community.

For more on the Healthy Woman Award honorees and their stories, visit

Join the WomenHeart® Support Group
If you or someone you know has experienced a life-changing heart-related event or has been diagnosed with heart disease, join St. Luke's new WomenHeart® support group. WomenHeart is a free program where attendees can share their unique experiences in a group setting, helping them regain a sense of control, feel less alone, develop a positive outlook on life and find the strength to commit to lifestyle changes.

Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month. To register or for more information, visit stlukes-stl.com or call 314-542-4848.

Blessings That Really Matter: Our Relationships and Health
This season, as we appreciate the many blessings we take for granted, don't overlook the most precious gifts we have: good health and family ties. By opening up forms of communication and knowing where we come from, better health and perspective in life become possible. Learn more.

Girl Talk
Calling all mothers and daughters age 11 and older for an inspiring, informative and fun afternoon. The program offers speakers and information on a variety of preteen and teen health topics, breakout sessions and engaging activities.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required. Visit stlukes-stl.com or call
314-542-4848 for more information and to register.

Saturday, January 21, 2012
1 to 4 p.m.
St. Luke's Hospital Institute for Health Education

Enjoy a Night on Broadway
From a themed pre-show cocktail party followed by a performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone and a private dessert reception, the January 28 Friends of St. Luke's Gala at the Sheldon Concert Hall will be an unforgettable evening. The Gala benefits the Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome at
St. Luke's Hospital, helping provide adults with Down syndrome and their families access to necessary wellness services and resources.

Various ticket packages are available, including performance-only tickets for $55. For more information, visit stlukes-stl.com/gala or call 314-576-2345.

Indulge in Some Retail Therapy: New Retail Partners
The list of participating Spirit of Women Retail Partners continues to grow. We now have more than 100! Be sure to take advantage of them, including new ones in 2011:

13th Floor Gifts, LLC
American Image Salon & Spa
Anna E Originals Wearable Art
Bollywood Shuffle
Boot Camp Challenge
Bridget Bilka Beijo Handbags
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company
Clever Containers Organizing Products
College Nannies & Tutors
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Dazzle Boutique
Dominic Michael Salon
Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Embroidery Town
Fitness with Anika
Lancia Frozen Yogurt
Lemongrass Spa Products
Lisa's Linens with Private Quarters
Medical West Healthcare
Miche Bags
Nanny Mall, LLC
Party Curls
Sassy Fusion
Scentsy Wickless Candles
Silpada Designs Sterling Silver Jewelry
Solid Life Developing Solutions
So Natural Institute of Permanent Cosmetics
Stella and Dot
TA-DA' Hair Salon & Spa
TGI Fridays
The Mediterranean Grill
Villa Farotto Restaurant & Catering
ZPower Fitness

Smart Eating: Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cold water
  • 4 cups whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F° (120 C°). Lightly grease a 10 x 15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2. Lightly beat the egg white; add water, and beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts, and stir until well coated. Mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to coat, and spread evenly on the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for one hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.

Almonds: A Nutritional Powerhouse
Loaded with healthy fats, muscle-building protein, natural fiber, beneficial minerals, plus heart-healthy vitamins and antioxidants, almonds are a nut worth eating. Because of the high protein content, almonds are a wonderful midday or pre-dinner snack to stop the hunger pains; the protein makes you feel full. Just a handful will do. Research indicates that phytochemicals, chemicals with disease preventive properties, found in almonds and other nuts are protective against certain cancers, support weight loss, and promote a positive effect on cholesterol levels.

Spirit of Women Health Information Line: 314-205-6654

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