Wellness Forum A Worthwhile Investment

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It's interesting to step back and see where we invest our time. We often spend many hours becoming skilled at crafts such as needlepoint or woodworking. We may pride ourselves on our beautiful gardens, or being an expert at solving the most challenging crossword puzzles. These are all worthwhile activities that feed the mind and soul.

This Saturday, Payson Regional Medical Center and the Mogollon Health Alliance are offering Rim country women another opportunity to invest in their health during a free Women's Wellness Forum.

The event, entitled "Facing the Future the Power of Choice" runs Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon with a luncheon and vendor hall scheduled from noon until 2 p.m.

Forum sessions will include: The Power of Choice a panel discussion; Breast Care Plus; The Healthy Heart; Healthy Cooking It can taste good; Finding the Gold in the Golden Years Power of Aging; Cosmetic Surgery Choices; Breathe Easy Asthma, Sleep Apnea and Bronchitis.

Health and wellness vendors will be offering demonstrations and information in the vendor hall. During the forum, applications will be accepted for a free mammogram scholarship.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. at the Payson High School auditorium. Participants are asked to pre-register by calling Phyllis Spradlin with the MHA at (520) 472-2588.

The event coordinators and volunteers are working to make this forum fun and informative. Admission is free but attendance is limited to the first 300 women who register. Make an investment in yourself you're worth the time.

Surprising news for women

An estimated 70 percent of birth defects can be prevented if all women of childbearing age take a multivitamin with folic acid and eat foods rich in folic acid, such as orange juice, green leafy vegetables, fortified breakfast cereals and enriched pasta.

This news is especially important in Arizona where the statistics are shocking: Only one in four children has adequate health insurance. Arizona ranks 49th in the U.S. for women who receive early prenatal care and our premature birth rate is rising.

For more information call 1-888-MODIMES or visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.modimes.org.

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