NOW Boston meeting focuses on health

The National Organization for Women brings its annual meeting to town tomorrow with a focus on health.

Unlike many conferences, this– 3 days at the Park Plaza in Park Square and Arlington St. — one has a daily rate: $65

Boston will play host to this year’s 2010 National Organization for Women Conference taking place July 2-4 at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel. NOW’s theme this year, “Loving Our Bodies, Changing the World,” is well-poised to address popular concerns with health and body image from a feminist, woman-empowering point of view. Widespread focus on health intensified after the passage of the health care reform overhaul in March, followed by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign aimed at prevention and wellness. NOW is a pioneer in the field of women’s health and body image, and the NOW Foundation introduced its signature Love Your Body Day campaign more than a decade ago.

Speakers include:Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!; Feminist author Susan Douglas; Dr. Paula A. Johnson, executive director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz. The organization will also give an award to the founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, now known as Our Bodies Ourselves.

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