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May 7, 2014

Olympic gymnast speaks at Crossroads event

MT. VERNON — U.S. Olympic gymnast and cancer survivor Shannon Miller said her fitness philosophy can be best described as practicing “healthy moderation.”

The important thing, she said, is to make your health a priority and not put those concerns on the back-burner.

“I think it's something that we just have to have as part of our lifestyle,” Miller said. “It's part of our culture, it's the foods we eat, it's the activity that we have throughout the day. It doesn't mean don't ever eat chocolate, it doesn't mean don't ever have a slice of pizza, it just means think about your health.”

Miller was the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Healthy Woman celebration held Tuesday night at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.

The event drew a crowd of 230 people to the Holiday Inn ballroom. It was presented by the Crossroads Community Hospital chapter of Healthy Woman, a program that seeks to empower women to make informed health and well-being decisions.

Miller said the Healthy Woman celebration was an ideal forum to speak about the importance of women's health.

“There just isn't much more of a perfect fit,” Miller said prior to her keynote speech. “Just by virtue of coming to this event, you know they're receptive, they just need that little push in the right direction.”

Too often, Miller said, women say they don't have time to worry about their own health because they're busy taking care of family and work obligations.

“My message is, 'yes girls you've been taking care of everybody else and that's a good thing but what about yourself?'” Miller said. “Because frankly if we don't take care of our own health, then we may not be here to take care of all of those who depend on us. So don't forget about those doctor's appointments.”

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