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"We need to be our own chief medical officers"

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"Everyone talks about how large and how expensive healthcare is, well the only way to bring it down is when people stay healthy,"said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.

Women came together to put their own health first during the inaugural Women Leading the Way to Wellness breakfast on Wednesday

Pamela Bennett, Executive Director of Patient and Professional Relations for Purdue Pharma said, "We need to be our cheif medical officers. Not just for ourselves, but also for our families and those we love."

"Many of us including myself take on a million things and are those people who can't say no. We're mothers and many of the women here are also career women and so we have to learn how to balance that, balance our health, balance our wellness and find time to take care of ourselves," said Robin Selden, Co-Chair of the event.

Presented by the American Cancer Society, the breakfast honored Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Elizabeth Manfredo of Stamford Hospital and Pamela Bennett of Purdue Pharma for their efforts in making women's health a priority.

Elizabeth Manfredo, Director of Cancer Services at Stamford Hosptial said, "I think we need to empower women to stop dieting and start eating healthy. To eat anything they want in moderation."

"How do we get fruit at the front counters instead of the candy when they check out [at the store], especially in our cities because that's where we find the poverty is and where they are pushing food that are not good for you and your diet," said Lieutenant Governor Wyman.

The American Cancer Society says now more than ever is the time for women to come together not only for themselves, but for their families and communities as well.

Colleen Doyle, Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity for the American Cancer Society said, "Speak up. We need to be advocated for change. We have strong voices. We can make a difference."

"It starts with us. It starts with becoming educated and empowered, informed and the being active," said Bennett.

For tips on staying healthy, cancer research and more, visit

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