Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women (although I’ve lived in NYC for 16+ years, I was born and raised in Indiana, hence the connection). My esteemed panelists:
Martha Stewart and Charlotte Beers (former Chairwoman of Ogilvy & Mather and former Undersecretary of State for Colin Powell) gave the luncheon keynote address:
Although I’m kinda so-so on Martha (I’ve heard she is a bit of a lunatic to work for and at times, she’s almost a tad too perfect for me – perhaps it’s just jealousy?!). However, she offers some great advice on travel in her new book Living the Good Long Life:
Beyond providing a necessary mental break, mounting evidence shows that vacations are important to your physical health. Information from the Framingham Heart Study found that women who took at least two vacations a year were less likely to develop coronary hearth disease or have a heart attack than those who took a vacation only every six years or less. These findings have been substantiated in follow-up research. Another study by researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Pittsburgh focused on middle-aged men at high risk for coronary heart disease. They found that those who did not take vacation every year had a 21 percent higher risk of death from all causes and were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.
So let’s get out there and plan some vacations!