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PCOS EXPLAINED IN THE AMEREJUVE INSIDER

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2013 Amerejuve PCOS Awareness Fun Run/ Walk

HOUSTON, TX Sept 1,2013 The PCOS Foundation, based in Houston, TX, is proud to announce the fourth annual PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk. On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, hundreds of women and supporters will march the streets of Houston in an effort to promote awareness. This syndrome affects approximately 7 million women and adolescents across the country. Of those 7 million, 50% of these women are unaware of their diagnosis. Please help us kick off the event at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, Texas at 7:20 am. With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), women may experience hirsutism (excess facial and /or body hair), irregular menstrual cycles, enlarged ovaries, infertility and more. Approximately one in ten women suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Surprisingly, statistics show that more than half of the women who have PCOS aren’t aware of their disease.

This year’s event is sponsored by Amerejuve Med Spa and Cosmetic Surgery and hosted by the Houston-based PCOS Foundation, founded by President Lisa Benjamini-Allon in 2010. The PCOS Foundation hopes that by raising awareness of PCOS through an annual public run/walk, women’s lives will be changed for the better. All people, including men, women and children, are invited to show their support for women living with PCOS by participating in the 5K.

The 2013 5K Fun Run/Walk has an impressive fundraising goal of $75,000, a large boost from 2012’s event. The PCOS Foundation is excited to project a turnout of over 800 participants for the 2013 PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk. Sponsors for the 2013 PCOS Awareness Fun Run/Walk also include: Amerejuve Med Spa and Cosmetic Surgery, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, LabCorp, Chiral Balance, My Fit Foods, Neway Fertility, GLYP’s, Smoothie King, la Madeleine, Web Innovations, Downtown Aquarium, The Greensheet, Spring Action Photo, Clif Bar, Amerefit, Bayou City Outdoors, Sunny 99.1, 104.1 KRBE, and Phoenicia Specialty Foods.

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2011 Hola Houston Interview

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Our Video about PCOS and the PCOS Foundation

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PCOS PSA on Houston Channel 55

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Lisa Benjamini Speaks on The Black Voice

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PCOS Foundation President speaks on Hola Houston

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A Day of Education and Fun for Houston Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Houston, Texas Sunday June 12th- 2011 PCOS Symposium underwritten by Quest Diagnostics educates and empowers Houston womendonate or get connected with the PCOS Foundation.

Nearly 100 women and their partners came to learn, connect and get inspired in the name of PCOS on Sunday, June 12 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. PCOS, which stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome, is common in women and adolescent girls of child bearing age, yet most people have never heard of the syndrome. PCOS is an endocrine disorder that causes symptoms such as infertility, facial and body hair, miscarriages and obesity. It also puts women at a high risk for type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack and endometrial cancer.

 

The 2011 PCOS Symposium underwritten by Quest Diagnostics was designed to inform attendees of their medical and lifestyle treatment options, offer support and connect them to others living with PCOS. Presentation topics included nutrition guidelines for PCOS and lowering PCOS related health risks. On the lighter side, participants were treated to breakout sessions, free lunch, prizes and music.

The event included several special guests including award-winning songwriter and vocalist, Kristine Mills, author of Freedom from PCOS, Katie Humphrey, and PCOS Foundation President/Founder, Lisa Benjamini-Allon. The event was underwritten by Quest Diagnostics, and sponsors included Labcorp, Insulite Laboratories, Cox Media, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, Whole Foods Market-Woodway, and Charming Charlie. Charming Charlie hosted a special post-event social held the Galleria. A portion of the post-event proceeds were donated to the PCOS Foundation.

The event’s presenter, the PCOS Foundation, is focused on offering events like the PCOS Symposium to educate and spread awareness of PCOS. Please visit www.pcosfoundation.org for upcoming events, more information about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and how to volunteer, donate or get connected with the PCOS Foundation.

 

The PCOS Foundation has been added to the Randalls Good Neighbor Program!

Buy groceries at Randalls and they will donate a percentage of every purchase to the PCOS Foundation!

All you have to do is fill out the slip and turn it in to the Randalls courtesy booth. Randalls will then link the PCOS Foundation's account number to your Remarkable card and donate a percentage of your purchase.

Click here to download the slip.

It's really easy! Give this information to your family members, coworkers and friends and they can help just by purchasing the groceries they already buy!

 

Foundation 5K featured in PCOSA Today - View Article Here

Autumn 2010

Never having attended – let alone participated – in a 5K race, Lisa Benjamini, President and Founder of the PCOS Foundation, put together this PCOS Awareness event that drew 400 attendees and raised over $43,000.If you happened to be visiting the Downtown (Houston, TX) Aquarium on September 26th, you may have witnessed scores of women and men running and walking, their purpose emblazoned on their tee shirts: "PCOS – Affecting the lives of 7 Million. It's time to take a stand."

Her achievement is even more stunning considering that the Foundation was created only seven months ago by the multi-faceted Lisa who is also CEO and President of Houston's Lisanne Wellness Center, CEO of the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, CEO of Omni-Med Laboratories, a personal trainer and life/wellness coach and mother of two little girls.

With such a full and diverse life, why take on the running of a foundation?

"Throughout my ten years in the medical field, I have witnessed the struggles and frustrations of women who diagnosed themselves with PCOS," Lisa explains. "These women suffered for years, only to find that many of their symptoms and lifelong consequences could have been eliminated with early diagnosis and treatment."

With her dedication to health and wellness, Lisa believes that the PCOS Foundation will increase awareness of the condition so that "many lost women can find proper treatment and live healthier and happier lives."Lisa does not have PCOS herself, but has many friends, patients/clients and employees with PCOS. She first decided to create the foundation after realizing what few resources they had. She felt there was very little help available and knew there were so many more women who were suffering in silence. After more research, she found there was a large percentage of women with PCOS who had never been diagnosed. Lisa was moved to make a change.

This is done through public and professional education programs, support groups – every third Thursday of the month in the Houston area, discussion boards and national fundraising.

To further promote awareness within the business community, the Foundation's education outreach program was created to educate women at their workplace about PCOS. Women who have PCOS or employers who are interested in this presentation contact the Foundation and arrange a day for a Foundation representative to give out educational information and speak about PCOS.

The Foundation will sponsor its second PCOS Symposium in June 2011 in Houston to promote further education about PCOS to women and their loved ones. Speakers include physicians, fitness trainers and alternative medicine professionals. The Symposium is free.

Always thinking of new ways to reach out to more women, Lisa is planning to have educational CDs in public libraries, education programs in schools, chapters across the U.S., national awareness events, an annual gala, another 5k race/walk and a dance-a-thon.

Says Lisa, "Through these efforts, we hope to establish grant programs that will help women affected by PCOS obtain treatments through medical [and] lifestyle management programs."

For more information on the PCOS Foundation, to donate and volunteer, visit http://www.pcosfoundation.org/.

Catherine Lord

 

400 Attend Foundation’s First 5K, Learn About PCOS

Houston, TX - September 26, 2010

Ever heard of PCOS? Well, you’re not alone. Chances are, anyone you ask won’t know either, but around 400 more Houstonians are now informed thanks to the PCOS Foundation. The newly formed non-profit hosted its first PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, September 26 at the Downtown Aquarium.

Participants of the event sprinted, jogged and walked their way around a three mile course between Bagby and Sabine Street and were treated to music, prizes and a healthy breakfast by My Fit Foods. Other major sponsors included Warner Chilcott, J.W. and Debra Rodgers, Lisanne Wellness Center, Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, and GayYellow.com. The event raised over $43,000 in registrations, donations and other items to provide education and awareness for PCOS. Most importantly, each participant was given educational information about the little-known disorder.

So, you’re still wondering: What is PCOS? PCOS is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which is a very common endocrine disorder that affects an estimated 7 million women and adolescent girls in the US alone- that’s one in ten! PCOS can cause infertility, weight gain, insulin resistance, excess hair growth and many other seemingly unrelated symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose. PCOS is also linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and endometrial cancer.

The PCOS Foundation is busy planning more fun events for Houstonians, so be prepared to hear more about this important cause! Visit www.pcosfoundation.org for upcoming events, as well as more information about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and the PCOS Foundation.

 

Foundation Creates Momentum for PCOS with Awareness 5K Fun Run

Houston, TX - September 26, 2010

The PCOS Foundation, an active charity for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), is taking charge of PCOS awareness efforts by holding the PCOS Awareness 5K Fun Run/Walk in celebration of PCOS awareness month. The event will be held Sunday, September 26, 2010 and will kick off at the Downtown Aquarium in Houston, Texas at 8:00 am.

The Run/Walk is open to people of all athletic ability, encourages both men and women to attend, and invites everyone to participate despite their current knowledge of PCOS.

• Inability to lose or gain weight

• Insulin resistance

• Enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts

• Pelvic pain

Excess facial and/or body hair

• Irregular menstrual cycles

• Infertility

Some risk factors of PCOS include Diabetes, Cancer, Heart disease and Stroke.

Participating in this event gives women a chance to live happier, healthier lives. The PCOS Foundation’s outreach program helps lead women to early diagnosis and gives them the much needed education to prevent long term health risks.

 

PCOS Symposium: Liberation for One in Ten Women

Houston, Texas - Sunday June 13th, 2010

PCOS Foundation first-ever, fun-filled, one-day symposium on understanding and controlling the effects of PCOS.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects 5-10% of women of childbearing age, with 30% of women having some PCOS symptoms. Over 75% of women with PCOS are undiagnosed: that’s an estimated 7 million women in the U.S alone.

Its causes are unknown. Its symptoms are misunderstood. Its diagnosis is difficult. Its numbers are staggering. And its worse case scenario is death. Yet little is being said or done about this life-threatening, life-altering condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS. The PCOS Foundation of Houston wants to change all that.

Their free, one-day symposium will take a light-hearted, energetic approach at educating women about small steps they can take to control PCOS symptoms and prevent potential long term health effects. Topics will include Hormonal Aspects of PCOS, Infertility & PCOS, Heart Disease & Metabolic Disease, Alternative Treatments for PCOS and Simple Exercise Techniques.

For one in every ten women, symptoms like obesity, excessive hair on the face and body, thinning hair on the head, acne, a lackluster sex drive, and the inability to become pregnant or maintain a pregnancy is cause for embarrassment, depression and hopelessness. It dramatically increases a women’s risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and endometrial cancer. Yet PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder occurring in women of child-bearing years and a leading cause of infertility.

Although there’s no known cure for PCOS, its symptoms can be controlled, allowing women to become pregnant, deliver healthy babies, and live a full, happy, healthy life. Through interactive education PCOS Foundation founder, Lisa Benjamini, and other experts in the field will partner with Houston area women to let them know they’re not alone in combating the devastating effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS Foundation is the largest Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Referral Center in Texas, treating patients from all over the world.

 

 

 

 
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Wow! This is incredible! I was diagnosed with PCOS at age 14 and I am so amazed at how much has been accomplished. I am now 26 and I am so happy to see that PCOS is finally being recognized.

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