November 18, 2010 16:18 ET

EmpowHER Wins Three Prestigious Awards and Serves as a Catalyst for Community Member's Personal Recognition

Women's Health Media Company Earns Esteemed Industry Accolades and Inspires Christina Cyphers to Change Her Life and Advocate for Others

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - Women's health media company EmpowHER -- home to Top 5 women's health and wellness site -- was recently recognized with healthcare and marketing and media industry awards for its work in women's health and wellness. Awards included: The MarCom Gold Award, the 2010 Aesculapius Award of Excellence, and the eHealthcare Leadership Award of Distinction. Although these awards highlight the Company's strong commitment to women's health and wellness, it is another honor -- one that was awarded to active community member, Christina Cyphers -- that truly reinforces the company's vision and impact. EmpowHER aims to educate and empower readers with community support and informative content, and it was in interacting with EmpowHER that inspired Cyphers to take control of her life and make positive changes that later garnered a Lifestyle Change Award from the American Heart Association's Baltimore/Washington Chapter.

Cyphers comes from a family of 13 adopted children and struggled with many health issues from a very early age. This was compounded by the fact that she had no information about her genetic history to help understand these issues. Her ailments include high cholesterol, alopecia, microscopic colitis and osteoporosis. She also was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure in 2008 and, at 32 years of age, was sent into emergency surgery for a complete hysterectomy. Following the surgery, depressed and struggling for answers her doctor could not give her, Cyphers found while surfing the Web from her hospital bed.

According to Cyphers, finding EmpowHER was a life-changing experience. "EmpowHER has been the missing resource I have been looking for all this time," she said. "Through the information I found on the site and listening to founder Michelle King Robson's personal hysterectomy story, I realized that I AM the change that I needed in order to change my life." Because of this realization and her subsequent actions, Cyphers now properly regulates her hormones, regularly visits her doctors, walks daily, changed her eating habits and has lost 58 pounds since May 2009. She has also started her own wig line and is now a motivational speaker.

"I am so thrilled that Christina found EmpowHER, and that her experience truly changed her health and her life," said Robson, who actually met Cyphers when they were at the same osteoporosis event in Washington, D.C. in May 2009. "Our mission is to improve women's health and change their lives, and it warms my heart to know that we were there for Christina when she needed it most."

Robson goes on to say, "These awards from esteemed leaders in the healthcare and marketing and media industries is a real honor for us, and further validates that EmpowHER is filling a need, not just a want, for our women -- the Chief Health and Wellness Officers of the home. Women are taking charge of their health and well-being, and are doing the same for their families ever more emphatically. We're happy to help them find their voice and the necessary resources to support their efforts, and to have industry peers recognize our work."

EmpowHER's awards include:

  • Gold Award for "Web Site Overall" from the MarCom Awards 2010: the MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. The competition has grown to one of the largest of its kind, with nearly 5,000 entries globally for the 2010 competition.
  • The 2010 Aesculapius Award of Excellence from the Health Improvement Institute: this award is given to producers of health-related Web sites and television and radio public service announcements that Health Improvement Institute judges consider excellent in communicating health information to the public.
  • eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Overall Internet Site (Distinction Award): the eHealthcare Leadership Awards is the leading awards program exclusively recognizing the very best Web sites of healthcare organizations (both large and small), online health companies, pharmaceutical/medical equipment firms, suppliers, and business improvement initiatives.

About EmpowHER
EmpowHER is an award-winning health media company for women. The Company's flagship site, provides visitors access to one of the largest women's health and wellness content libraries on the web, as well as the largest online community of women discussing their health and wellness issues. EmpowHER promotes a "24 Hour Promise" to its visitors, who can come to the site, ask any health question and receive a response within 24 hours. Health and wellness marketers and agency professionals rely on EmpowHER for reaching the most influential health and wellness buying audience on the Internet -- women. Millions of women visit every year, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing resources dedicated exclusively to women's health and wellness. For more, visit

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