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Girls Summit On Preteen Health at the West St. Tammany YMCA

COVINGTON – West St. Tammany YMCA, St. Tammany Health System and Ochsner Health are sponsoring a fun, free girls’ summit, Saturday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the West St. Tammany YMCA, 71256 Francis Rd., Covington.

YMCA West St. Tammany Hosts Girls Preteen Health Summit June 26, 2021

The hosts invite girls and their caregivers to join a dynamic panel of health experts from the local community for a summit to discuss important topics that impact girls including skin care, puberty, nutritional support and tips on navigating social media, peers and performance anxiety.

Christel Malinski MD, local dermatologist, will discuss skin care and sun protection. St. Tammany Health System’s Perry Russell D-NP, will address physical and emotional changes of puberty. Ochsner Eat Fit’s Brittany Craft RD LDN, will cover nutrition to support an active lifestyle. LSUHSC graduate student Ali Laiche will address navigating challenges associated with social media, peers and pressure to excel.

Ochsner Eat Fit and Salad Station will provide lunch and YMCA Zumba instructor Adriana Michel will lead a Zumba and hip-hop session to end the day.


The heartbeat of its community, St. Tammany Health System cares for patients and families with excellence, compassion and teamwork. It is recognized for quality, safety and service excellence by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 and Ochsner Health work together in partnership to improve the community’s health and quality of life. Together, west St. Tammany’s top two independent health leaders represent the most complete system of care, aligning behind the common goals of improving access, expanding specialty care and making care affordable. Under their agreement, each retains its autonomy; neither manages nor owns the other. Self-supporting, not-for-profit STHS is A+ rated by Fitch and receives no tax funding. More at