'Desperate Housewives' Actress Brenda Strong to Serve as National Spokesperson for The American Fertility Association

17 Oct, 2005, 01:00 ET from The American Fertility Association

    NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Fertility Association (AFA)
 announced that actress Brenda Strong will serve as the first national
 spokesperson for the fertility patient advocacy organization. Ms. Strong --
 known to many as Mary-Alice Young, the narrator and dearly-departed Wisteria
 Lane neighbor on ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives" -- wrestled with infertility
 and turned to the practice of yoga to manage and alleviate the associated
 stress brought on by the diagnosis. She will use her spokesperson platform to
 educate infertile women and men on how they can re-connect with their bodies,
 reduce stress, and increase self esteem through exercise and complementary
 medicine.
     "Brenda's holistic approach to fertility teaches us to treat the whole
 individual -- mind, body, and spirit. We have to balance the elements we can
 control with those that we cannot. That's an important message that too often
 gets relegated to the sidelines," said Pamela Madsen, Founder and Executive
 Director of The American Fertility Association.
     "It's difficult to love your body when you feel like it's failing you.
 Yoga reduced my stress and bodily tension. It allowed me to bring my body back
 into balance, to emerge from my fertility struggle with my sense of self
 esteem and self worth intact, and to forge a stronger bond with my husband,"
 said Ms. Strong.
     This fall, Ms. Strong will begin a high-visibility media campaign to
 support The AFA and women and men on the journey toward wholeness and
 acceptance in their reproductive capabilities. To kickoff her role as national
 spokesperson, she will serve as Master of Ceremony at the American Fertility
 Association's Kokopelli Ball at the Chelsea Piers on Monday, November 7, 2005.
     "Too often fertility treatment addresses only a failing body part or an
 inadequate hormone level. But reproductive difficulties are much more than a
 bad ovary or low sperm count," added Madsen. "Brenda brings a fresh, new
 perspective and reminds us that there is a soul and an emotional component to
 reproductive challenges that we should not forget."
     Ms. Strong has taught at UCLA's Mind-Body Institute and produced and
 starred in "Yoga 4 Fertility," a video series designed to help infertile
 couples through yoga therapy (www.yoga4fertility.com). She and her husband
 designed a system of yoga postures for women and couples experiencing
 infertility which reduce stress, increase coping mechanisms, deepen awareness,
 increase relaxation capability, and improve circulation and muscle tone. The
 yoga practice enhances and supports any protocol treatment suggested by a
 fertility doctor.
     She is a familiar face on the small and big screen. In addition to
 "Desperate Housewives," Strong is also recognizable to television audiences as
 Sue Ellen Mishkie (a.k.a. "The Braless Wonder") on the award-winning series
 "Seinfeld."  She has also has recurring roles on such acclaimed series as
 "Nip/Tuck," "Everwood,"  "Sports Night," "7th Heaven" and "Party of Five."
     Brenda Strong is available for interview. Please contact Frank Fusco at
 212-714-3537 or frank@depcr.com.
 
     THE AMERICAN FERTILITY ASSOCIATION (AFA) is a national organization
 dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating for all men and women
 concerned with reproductive health, fertility preservation, infertility and
 all forms of family building. Visit www.TheAFA.org or call 888-917-3777 for
 more information and support.
 
      Contact:  Frank Fusco
                David Eng Communications
                (212) 714-3537
                frank@decpr.com
 
 

SOURCE The American Fertility Association
    NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Fertility Association (AFA)
 announced that actress Brenda Strong will serve as the first national
 spokesperson for the fertility patient advocacy organization. Ms. Strong --
 known to many as Mary-Alice Young, the narrator and dearly-departed Wisteria
 Lane neighbor on ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives" -- wrestled with infertility
 and turned to the practice of yoga to manage and alleviate the associated
 stress brought on by the diagnosis. She will use her spokesperson platform to
 educate infertile women and men on how they can re-connect with their bodies,
 reduce stress, and increase self esteem through exercise and complementary
 medicine.
     "Brenda's holistic approach to fertility teaches us to treat the whole
 individual -- mind, body, and spirit. We have to balance the elements we can
 control with those that we cannot. That's an important message that too often
 gets relegated to the sidelines," said Pamela Madsen, Founder and Executive
 Director of The American Fertility Association.
     "It's difficult to love your body when you feel like it's failing you.
 Yoga reduced my stress and bodily tension. It allowed me to bring my body back
 into balance, to emerge from my fertility struggle with my sense of self
 esteem and self worth intact, and to forge a stronger bond with my husband,"
 said Ms. Strong.
     This fall, Ms. Strong will begin a high-visibility media campaign to
 support The AFA and women and men on the journey toward wholeness and
 acceptance in their reproductive capabilities. To kickoff her role as national
 spokesperson, she will serve as Master of Ceremony at the American Fertility
 Association's Kokopelli Ball at the Chelsea Piers on Monday, November 7, 2005.
     "Too often fertility treatment addresses only a failing body part or an
 inadequate hormone level. But reproductive difficulties are much more than a
 bad ovary or low sperm count," added Madsen. "Brenda brings a fresh, new
 perspective and reminds us that there is a soul and an emotional component to
 reproductive challenges that we should not forget."
     Ms. Strong has taught at UCLA's Mind-Body Institute and produced and
 starred in "Yoga 4 Fertility," a video series designed to help infertile
 couples through yoga therapy (www.yoga4fertility.com). She and her husband
 designed a system of yoga postures for women and couples experiencing
 infertility which reduce stress, increase coping mechanisms, deepen awareness,
 increase relaxation capability, and improve circulation and muscle tone. The
 yoga practice enhances and supports any protocol treatment suggested by a
 fertility doctor.
     She is a familiar face on the small and big screen. In addition to
 "Desperate Housewives," Strong is also recognizable to television audiences as
 Sue Ellen Mishkie (a.k.a. "The Braless Wonder") on the award-winning series
 "Seinfeld."  She has also has recurring roles on such acclaimed series as
 "Nip/Tuck," "Everwood,"  "Sports Night," "7th Heaven" and "Party of Five."
     Brenda Strong is available for interview. Please contact Frank Fusco at
 212-714-3537 or frank@depcr.com.
 
     THE AMERICAN FERTILITY ASSOCIATION (AFA) is a national organization
 dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating for all men and women
 concerned with reproductive health, fertility preservation, infertility and
 all forms of family building. Visit www.TheAFA.org or call 888-917-3777 for
 more information and support.
 
      Contact:  Frank Fusco
                David Eng Communications
                (212) 714-3537
                frank@decpr.com
 
 SOURCE  The American Fertility Association