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September 05, 2013 12:32 ET

Sharecare Names Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause

List Showcases Web's Most Influential Menopause Experts

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - September 05, 2013) - In recognition of Menopause Awareness Month, Sharecare, the online health and wellness community founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, has named its Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause, a list of the experts and patient advocates leading online conversations about menopause. 

According to the North American Menopause Society, women are now reaching menopause in unprecedented numbers -- in the United States alone, an estimated 6,000 women per day and more than 2 million per year. To raise awareness about the symptoms and solutions for menopause as well as perimenopause -- which can begin as early as 10 years prior to menopause for some women -- follow these Top 10 Social HealthMakers:

1. Ellen Dolgen - Shmirshky.com
A women's health and wellness advocate, menopause awareness expert and author of Shmirshky: The Pursuit of Hormone Happiness, Dolgen serves on the community advisory board of Scripps Memorial Hospital and created the informative blog "Menopause Mondays."

2. Magnolia Miller - ThePerimenopauseBlog.com
Owner, women's health writer and educator at Pink Zinnia Publishing and Health Communications, Miller founded "The Perimenopause Blog" and contributes to EmpowHer.com, VibrantNation.com, MenopauseChitChat.com and Wellsphere.com.

3. Barb Depree, MD - MiddlesexMD.com
A menopause care specialist for seven years and women's health provider for more than 20 years, Dr. Depree started MiddlesexMD to deliver clinically sound information for women, with guides for partners and caregivers.

4. Andrew Weil, MD - Bio-Hormone-Health.com
An internationally recognized expert on healthy lifestyle and aging, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Weil is founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and editorial director of DrWeil.com.

5. Shirley Weir - MenopauseChicks.com
Weir created the acclaimed online resource for hormonal-change guidance MenopauseChicks.com to "crack open" the perimenopause and menopause conversation.

6. Holly Osterman - MenopauseChitChat.com
 
Inspired by her own experience, Osterman conducted research, spoke to women, and launched MenopauseChitChat.com, a free online community for women in menopause.

7. Kris T. Smith - MyMenopauseFix.com
Growing up with a physical disability, Smith became passionate about exercise and nourishment and is now a personal trainer and nutrition expert focusing on women over 40.

8. Barbara Younger - FriendForTheRide.wordpress.com
After experiencing the "midlife roller coaster" of menopause, Younger founded "Friend for the Ride," blogging on the ups and downs of womanhood.

9. Marie Hoag - MenopauseMoxie.com
Hoag brings nine years of clinical involvement working with a hormone specialist to MenopauseMoxie.com, an online center for no-nonsense answers about menopause, perimenopause and the effects of hormone deficiencies.

10. Staness Jonekos  - MenopauseMakeover.com
Co-author of the book The Menopause Makeover and its accompanying web site, Jonekos was one of the original executive producers of Oprah's Oxygen Media and has dedicated her career in large part to women's issues.

More information about the Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Menopause can be found at www.sharecare.com/static/top-ten-social-healthmakers

Methodology
Sharecare Social HealthMakers are among the most influential people in health and wellness on the web, driving conversations on the leading edge of many health topics. They address a wide range of issues within specific topic areas while demonstrating consistent impact across multiple interactive channels -- such as Twitter, Facebook, videos and blogs. This impact is measured through a proprietary algorithm based on more than 100 individual metrics developed and powered by WCG, the marketing-leading digital communications agency, quantifying topic relevance, syndication, presence and reach. Earlier Sharecare lists have identified Social HealthMakers in weight loss, infertility, heart disease, fitness, Alzheimer's disease and more.

About Sharecare
Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America's top experts -- greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice -- simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA. 

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