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Be Your Best Self: Smart Strategies for Physical and Financial Well-Being All-Female Panel Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day in Midtown Manhattan

Women and men alike gathered at Morgan Stanley’s New York City headquarters on Wednesday, February 6 to recognize National Girls and Women in Sports Day and attend a panel sponsored by the Blue Sandstone Group at Morgan Stanley and the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery).

The panel was titled "Being Your Best Self." Panelists included:

Dr. Karen Sutton, a Board-certified orthopedic surgeon at HSS specializing in helping athletes with hip, knee and shoulder injuries, spoke on the importance of a positive view during the healing process. She explained that it’s critical to treat not only the body, but the mind when recovering from an injury to stay both physically and mentally strong.

Dr. Ellen Casey, a physiatrist at HSS and award-winning gymnast, focused her remarks on taking a holistic approach when treating pain or a physical limitation. Understanding "who" you are and "what" you ultimately want to accomplish is just as important as "why" the issue is happening. Whether you’re an 80-year old who wants to maintain independence or a 35-year old who wants to run a marathon, understanding the full picture will ultimately result in a better outcome, according to Casey.

Heidi Skolnik, a nationally recognized sports nutritionist at HSS, has influenced millions through her media work, writing, and thriving consulting business.  She spoke on the importance of eating to be healthy versus eating to lose weight as we age. 

Cindy Rudbart, SVP, wealth advisor at the Blue Sandstone Group at Morgan Stanley, emphasized how good health and wealth strategies support each other. She explained that women should have a holistic view of their finances, while maintaining good health habits. This helps them live longer, feel better and minimize health care costs in retirement. 

The panel was moderated by Mary Gibbons Gardiner, First Vice President and Financial Advisor at the Blue Sandstone Group at Morgan Stanley. "We felt that sharing all of this valuable information with our clients was critical to their long-term physical and financial well-being," said Mary. "These practical and thoughtful strategies will help them enjoy their lives more fully now and through retirement."

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.  With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals.  For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

The Women’s Sports Medicine Center at HSS is a nationally recognized health resource for active women of all ages and abilities, from professional athletes to eager novices. These professionals focus on a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to health and wellness. HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019).