A Complete Approach to Women's Health
April 2015 Newsletter

How to Manage Springtime Allergies

 By: Jillan Rowbotham, D.O.




Spring is on its way! Along with budding trees and flowers comes pollen - a common trigger for allergies. Limiting the frequency and duration of your exposure to pollen can prevent or decrease symptoms and reduce your need for medications. For those who suffer from spring allergies here are a few tips to make the season more enjoyable.

  • Limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are the highest, between 5am and 10am.
  • Pay attention to pollen reports, available with the daily weather report and online, and stay indoors when counts are high. Dry, windy days are more likely to have large amounts of pollen in the air than damp, rainy days when most pollen is washed to the ground. Manage Your Allergies! 


How to Fuel Your Body for the Broad Street Run!

By: Theresa Shank, Registered Dietitian



With the Broad Street Run coming up, it's important to properly fuel your body. Everything you eat and drink leading up to the run has a direct impact on performance. In order to help you better prepare,  our dietitian, Theresa Shank, RD LDN has outlined the best advice to strengthen your body for this year's race.



Because of the high level of exercise your body is about to endure, hydration is key to regulating body temperature throughout the race. Not only is body temperature a concern, but also without proper hydration your body may experience muscle cramping, which can make for a very unpleasant Broad Street Run.


Pre-exercise: Drink at least 16 ounces of water or sports drink an hour or two before the race.


During: Drink 5-12 ounces of water or sports drink every 15-20 minutes during your run.

*Don't drink TOO much. If you start to hear "sloshing" in your stomach or nauseous  then wait at least 15 minutes before drinking more. 


Read more on how to fuel your body for this year's Broad Street Run!


Spring Clean Your Workout



Spring has finally arrived and it is the perfect time to spring clean your workout routine. After the long winter months, this time of year is great to reevaluate and revitalize your workout! Here are some of the best and easiest ways to make sure you are getting the most out of your routine.


Footwear: First and foremost, make sure you are wearing the proper footwear for your workout. Depending on your goals, there are many sneakers to choose from nowadays. The best choices are lightweight and flexible. Make sure you are not wearing a shoe that is too heavy as  it will tire you out and slow you down a lot sooner than a lightweight shoe selection. You should also purchase your workout sneakers at least ½ size larger than your regular shoe size as this will allow you to have more flexibility and decrease any strain on your toes.


Plan your workouts: One of the main reasons people give up on working out is due to lack of planning. Each week you should draw up what your workout for the entire week will look like. Be sure to plan at least 3-4 days of cardio lasting for 30-45 minutes during each session. Incorporating weights is key. Strength training helps to build lean muscle and boosts your resting metabolic rate so that you will burn calories for hours after your workout! 


Spring Clean Your Workout!



First Woman Mayor in Philadelphia's History?


"Women have real power, and this is their opportunity to exercise it." - Lynne Abraham 


To most of us, the City of Philadephia is our home. We have supported the city and its leaders through out the years. In the 2015 race, there are only seven potential mayoral candidates that could win - five of them are men and only two women. 

Lynne Abraham was the first woman District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia, and if elected as Mayor, Lynne will be the first woman Mayor in Philadelphia's history (The first man elected mayor was in 1701 - 314 years ago!) . As former District Attorney, Lynne has over 18 years of experience in local government; has had the chance to understand the City of Philadelphia and it's people. She feels strongly about supporting women's safety, education changes as well as economic development in the city. As a health care facility exclusive to caring for over 12,000 women in the city, we would like to take the time to commend Lynne for her hard work and for taking the chance to represent not only the City of Philadelphia but also women. The Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center supports the empowerment of women and strong women role models for our children.



Meet and Greet with Mayoral Candidate, Lynne Abraham*


Date: May 13th, 2015

Location: Coda Philadelphia 1712 Walnut Street

6pm-7pm: $ 50 VIP Meet & Greet

7pm-8pm: $20 General Admission/$10 Admission with Student I.D.


On May 13th, 2015, The Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center will be holding an event at Coda Philadelphia for a meet and greet with Mayoral Candidate, Lynne Abraham. All who are interested in meeting Lynne Abraham face to face as well as have the chance to discuss issues and take photos will be asked for a $50 donation in order to take advantage of this great opportunity**. General admission is also available from 7pm-8pm which will give you the chance to hear Lynne Abraham speak only 6 days before election day. In order to RSVP to the event, please email event@rwwc.com. 


*Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center reached out to Mayoral Candidate, Melissa Murray Bailey, to be included in a joint women's event. Unfortunately, we did not receive a response.


**To reserve VIP space, please send personal check to 1632 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 for $50 written out to The Committee to Elect Lynne Abraham.


April Awareness: Alcohol Abuse 


Alcohol abuse is often and seemingly socially acceptable behavior that affects millions of people in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, 88,000 deaths per year are linked to excessive alcohol use.

Although there is treatment for alcohol abuse, there currently is no ultimate cure. Preventing the development of this condition is the best course of action for anyone. In order to play it safe, the U.S. Department of Health recommends that women do not imbibe more than one drink per day.


If you feel that you may have a problem with alcohol or are uncertain, discussion is the first step. Schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor as soon as you are able. Your physician can help determine whether your habits need correction and, if necessary can help you find an optimal treatment program which can include counseling and/or medications. 


Read more on our blog!



You're Invited!

Philadelphia Botox & Juvederm Event

April 13th, 2015





DermaCenter Medical Spa at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center would like to invite you to our Center for ourpopular, exclusive injectable party! All procedures are performed by certified physicians including plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Lam


Every guest will receive a personalized skincare consultation from one of our Physicians in the privacy of our Medical Spa. Dr. Lam is also available for plastic surgery consultations on April 13th, 2015.   


We hope you can join us for this event! For more details and to RSVP, see below.


BOTOX® Cosmetic Event Details


With Botox treatments your skin will look smoother in a few days, giving you a younger, fresher look. These procedures take only a few minutes and are followed by no down time and minimal discomfort. 


Details: $11 per unit* Call now - Space is limited!


Click here to RSVP

Juvederm Event Details:


Restore fullness to your cheekbones or lips, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, or smooth away smile lines, worry lines and fine lines with Juvéderm™ Injectable Filler. Filler injections help to restore your youthful appearance with minimal recovery time. We use only Juvederm with lidocaine to minimize your discomfort.


Each attendee will receive $100 off each vial of Juvederm*!! 


Click here to RSVP


*Must sign up for Brilliant Distinctions program in order to receive discount.


April Specials at DermaCenter




Attention Members:

How to Access Your Patient Portal Account


Q: What is the best way to contact a doctor directly? 

A: In order to contact a doctor directly, please use your patient portal. The doctor will respond within 1 business day of your submission. Please be sure the request is non-urgent.


Q: How do I access my portal?

A: Please go to www.rwwc.com and click on "my wellness sign in" located in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will bring you to the portal log in page whereyou will need to enter your username and password that was sent to your email. 


Q: What happens if I do not have my log in information?

A: Please email info@rwwc.com and request this information directly. You will then receive an automated email with your username and password. 


Q: Once I log in, what can I do?

A: Once you log in to your patient portal account, you will be able to see any upcoming or past appointments you may have had - this will be displayed on your homepage. You can also view any previous blood work results, schedule your annual physical or GYN, request refills, referrals and ask your doctor any private questions that you may have. You can access these options on the left hand side of your screen.


To request your new  patient portal log in and password, please email info@rwwc.com




Request Your Patient Portal Information Today!


Our patient portal allows patients to be able to view your labs, print your radiology prescriptions, reference your visit summary, schedule routine appointments, request prescription refills, request referrals and more.


To request your new patient portal login and password, please email: info@rwwc.com.  



Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Centers

Philadelphia: 215-735-7992

Main Line: 610-668-7992


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