HOT FLASH MOB MOVEMENT CELEBRATES NATIONAL MENOPAUSE AWARENESS
MONTH WITH SPONTANEOUS, SYNCHRONIZED, WORLDWIDE DANCE PARTY
September, in honor of National Menopause Awareness Month, menopause expert, Dr. Eve Agee and plus-sized, certified fitness instructor Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) are launching The Hot Flash Mob Movement, a worldwide,synchronized dance flash mob movement held to honor peri-menopausal and menopausal women everywhere. The Hot Flash Mobs will be held in various locations throughout the world, beginning in the month of September and continuing throughout the year.
This year the flash mobs will be dancing the “Menopause Mambo” a short, and simple dance with hot Latin music. Would be dancers can learn the steps and sign up to either create or participate in The Hot Flash Mob at the movement’s website (www.thehotflashmob.com).
Frustrated by the negative and fear-mongering approach to menopause often observed in today’s society Jeanette DePatie and Dr. Eve Agee, both peri-menopausal women themselves, asked themselves this question: “What if instead of fearing peri-menopause and menopause, we threw a great big party to celebrate it?”
The Hot Flash Mob Movement was created as a way for women around the world to get together, support one another, and show the world that menopause doesn’t have to be an ending, but rather can serve as a beginning to a new time of joy, wisdom and creativity in a woman’s life.
“So often, menopause is seen as a time to be dreaded rather than enjoyed,” said medical anthropologist Dr. Eve Agee. “Peri-menopause and menopause certainly can be difficult transitions for women, but they don’t have to be. In many traditional societies throughout the world, women do not have all the symptoms and problems that are so typical in the West and many of these women actually report looking forward to menopause.
We think all women deserve to feel great and celebrate this stage of life. We want every woman to know there are many safe, effective lifestyle measures that we can take before and during peri-menopause and menopause to make this transition easier and feel our best.”
The Hot Flash Mob Movement combines many of these steps that help women prepare for and deal with the change of life, including stress management, physical activity and having a positive outlook.
“In celebration of both this amazing time in women’s lives as well as the strength women derive from being together, we dreamed up the notion of The Hot Flash Mob Movement, a series of spontaneous, hot, group dance experiences allowing women from around the world to get together, have a big laugh and shake their collective groove things,” said plus-sized certified fitness instructor Jeanette DePatie. “Women of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities deserve to feel powerful, beautiful and connected. We want women of all ages to get out there and announce to the world, ‘I’m menopausal, and baby, I’m HOT!”
About The Fat Chick (Jeanette DePatie)
Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. The Fat Chick) is a plus sized, certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has helped hundreds of people who haven’t worked out in a while (or ever) learn to love their bodies and love exercise again.
She is author of the award-winning book and DVD, “The Fat Chick Works Out!” and she shares her workouts live on her website at: www.thefatchick.com. She is also co-creator of the forum at www.fitfatties.com with Ragen Chastain.
Ms. DePatie has held certifications from the YMCA, ACE and AFAA for Aerobics Instruction and Personal Training. She has taught many aerobics classes at various fitness levels throughout the country.
Ms. DePatie has also completed several distance races including a half-marathon, sprint triathlon and a full marathon. She doesn’t reveal her finish times but assures you she often places DFL (Dead, Flipping Last).
Jeanette serves as a role model and an inspiration for beginning exercisers of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. Her unique 12-week progressive DVD helps absolute beginners to find a safe, comfortable and fun way to get fit. Her book, The Fat Chick Works Out! helps beginning and reluctant exercisers learn to get and stay fit.
Ms. DePatie has served as a spokeswoman for NAAFA (The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance) and currently serves as a spokeswoman (and board member) for The Association for Size Diversity and Health where she commonly speaks on the topic of Health at Every Size®.
She has been interviewed many times on television, radio and in print by many important organizations including NPR, The Dr. Drew Show, Fox News, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Extra.
Her parents are a little worried that all this attention has made her "too big for her britches." The Fat Chick assures them, that since the dawn of spandex, her britches fit just fine, thank you VERY much. You can learn more about Jeanette at: www.thefatchick.com.
Dr. Eve Agee, Ph.D. is an international bestselling author, medical anthropologist, certified life coach and leading global authority on menopause and women's wellness.
Her best-selling book,The Uterine Health Companion: A Holistic Guide to Lifelong Wellness (Celestial Arts/RandomHouse), is the winner of the International Book Awards for Women’s Health and is also an Award-Winning Finalist for The USA Best Books of 2011 Book Awards’ Women’s Health Category.
Eve's mission is to help all women create lasting wellness through peri-menopause, menopause and beyond. In her work with groups and individuals, Eve provides an innovative whole-person approach to self-discovery, healing and personal and professional transformation that helps women more easily connect to their innate wisdom and power.
Dr. Agee served as a political appointee for President William J. Clinton. In her work for the White House, she helped create policies and programs to improve the health and well being of women and children. She has taught at the University of Virginia and conducted research on women’s health and healing in the U.S. and West Africa.
Eve has been featured on television, radio and magazines such as ABC, NPR, MSN, Sirius XM, Washingtonian, Energy Times and others. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work. She is member of the International Coach Federation, American Anthropology Association, and Society of Medical Anthropology and speaks nationally on women’s wellness and empowerment. Eve holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She also has a B.A. in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.
You can find out more about her books and programs, including her soon to be released free video course How to Feel Your Best Naturally During Peri-Menopause and Menopause at her website www.eveagee.com.