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Program to Focus on Building Healthy Relationships

Bethlehem, Pa., November 3, 2008—Moravian College will host a discussion, “Hearts to Heal: Journey through Relational Pain” on November 5, at 6 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium.  Guest speakers Dr. Helene Leonetti and Pam Russell will discuss origins for self-esteem and how self-esteem is affected by toxic relationships that include physical, verbal or emotional abuse.  They will present strategies for personal empowerment, for enhancing self-esteem, and for building healthy relationships.

Leonetti is an OB-GYN who specializes in holistic women’s health; she has studied and learned from Deepak Chopra and the doctors of the American Holistic Medical Association.  Dr. Leonetti has been published multiple times, most recently in A Healthier You with her passage, “The Elusive Self-Esteem Gene: The Paradigm Shift from Self-Loathing to Self-Love.”  She believes that in order for the body to be healthy, there must be synchrony between the mind, body, and soul.

Russell is the executive director of Turning Point, which is the only non-profit, social service agency in the Lehigh valley devoted solely to helping victims of domestic violence through its 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, supportive counseling, court advocacy, bilingual services, children’s program and transitional housing.  Ms. Russell formerly served as Regional Campaign Coordinator of United Way after receiving a bachelor’s degree from William Smith College and a master’s from the University of San Francisco.   Her work at Turning Point focuses on inclusion of every sector in the community in efforts to eliminate domestic violence.

This presentation is sponsored by USG of Moravian College, Upsilon Alpha, SNA, and the Women’s Studies Council.  All are welcome to attend.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.