Monthly Health and Wellness Series Begins October 8th

Wegmans Columbia and Saint Agnes Hospital Launch New Speakers Series

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a partnership focused on fostering health and wellness in Howard County, Wegmans Columbia and Saint Agnes Hospital are pleased to announce the debut of "Wellness at Wegmans", a monthly speakers series presented by the physicians and healthcare experts of Saint Agnes Hospital.

The free series will be held in the Wegmans Market Cafe on the second Monday of each month, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., October through June. Wegmans Columbia is located at 8855 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045. Refreshments will be served, and guests will receive recipes, with a gift. Reservations are required and can be made at the Wegmans Columbia Service Desk or by calling 443-537-2900. For more information about topics and speakers, visit and click on Community & Events.

"Wegmans is all about getting healthy food on the table fast and easy," says Columbia store manager Wendy Webster. "So we loved the idea of joining forces with Saint Agnes to present our customers with the latest, greatest information on all kinds of health topics." Wegmans' own "Eat Well, Live Well" guidelines and fresh-cut veggie and fruit stations show customers how simple steps, like striving for five cups of fruit and vegetables each day, promote healthier, better lives.

"Saint Agnes Hospital is excited to partner with Wegmans on such a collaborative and engaging speakers series," says Bonnie Phipps, CEO of Saint Agnes Hospital. "This new series underscores our continued commitment to serving Howard County residents and to new approaches for educating and inspiring individuals and families to live longer, healthier lives."

On the Wellness at Wegmans calendar:

Oct 8

Healthy Family Meals Great foods kids will love.

Nov 12

Go Pink for Better Breast Health The latest on prevention and care.

Dec 10

To do, to do, to do! Building a less stressful life.

Jan 14

Right Weight. One size does not fit all!

Feb 11

Your Heart. Our Passion. Women's heart health today and tomorrow.

Mar 11

Pain Management & Injury Prevention Exercise health and safety.

Apr 8

Can Cancer Be Prevented? New screening and treatment options.

May 13

Looking Good! Evaluating cosmetic choices for looking your best.

Jun 10

Summer Fun Kick Off! Tips for a healthy, active summer.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., is an 80-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is widely recognized as an industry innovator and excellent employer. For 15 consecutive years the chain has ranked high on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For", placing #4 in 2012.

Saint Agnes Hospital. Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 314-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200+ million expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. It is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, MD and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in a number of medical and surgical specialties. The hospital's key institutes include the: Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Maryland Metabolic Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Women's & Children's Health Institute. Saint Agnes pioneered the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.

SOURCE Saint Agnes Hospital