All the vital signs were there. The kickoff for Brownwood Regional Medical Center’s “Healthy Woman” program not only appeared healthy, but also in the pink.

A capacity crowd of 160 people, mostly women (many dressed in the Healthy Woman signature color of pale pink) and a few men, attended the kickoff dinner Tuesday for the program designed to be “a free community education resource for women of all ages provided by Brownwood Regional Medical Center.”

The program will include monthly events and seminars intended to educate women to make the best health and well-being decisions - physically, emotionally and financially - all without costs to the participants.

Dr. Pat Love, Ed.D., who is known internationally for her researched studies on women’s and men’s intimate relationships, delivered a warm and humorous speech on the top 10 ways to balance your life.

On moving toward a healthier, happier and better fulfilled life, Love said, “This is the only body you’re going to get. Dress it up and take it out.”

Women want their lives to be relaxed, calm and balanced, but she said, “We find ourselves overloaded, always playing catch up. Sometimes to balance our lives, we have to say ‘no’ to good things.”

“The number 1 cause of stress in women is multitasking,” Love said. “Your time is your wealth. How are you spending it?”

Included in the “10 steps” Love presented were some mini steps, such as, she said, “Three things everyone can do to improve their looks immediately are to sit up straight, smile and pay attention.

“Research has shown, if you want to make a change in your life, it is easier to add positives than eliminate negatives.”

The November Healthy Woman program will be a free lunch, from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 11, at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce board room. The topic will be “Holiday Stress Busters.” Seating is limited. The program is free but reservations are required and can be made by calling 649-3392, or on the Web site at