Wellness Forum Payson's 'Premier Event For Women'

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In its fourth edition, the annual Women's Wellness Forum will once again unite Rim country females for a day of information, fellowship and fun and allow them to live up to this year's theme, "Take a Day Just for You."

"This forum has truly become the premier event for women in our community," Missy Spencer, Women's Wellness Forum committee member, said. "It's an opportunity for women to get together to learn about issues that concern us, and to enjoy each others' company.

"We all do so much for others in our lives," Spencer said, explaining the event's theme. "Now it's time to do something for ourselves. In our hectic lives, it's important that we stay healthy so that we can continue to be active and enjoy the ones who surround us."

The free forum, presented by Payson Regional Medical Center and the Mogollon Health Alliance, will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at Payson High School from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will begin with a continental breakfast, followed by a keynote address from Lynne Vigil, a certified nurse practitioner who will speak on "Nurturing the Nurturer."

Participants will then attend three of six breakout sessions with topics selected from surveyed input collected at last year's forum. They will include "Nutrition and Antioxidant Therapy," "Low Vision/ Macular Degeneration," "Stress Manage-ment/Depression," "Diabetes Care," "Pain Management," and "Hormone Replacement Therapy."

Next on the forum agenda will be a luncheon and door-prize drawing in the vendor hall, where local business representatives disseminate information on many health, wellness and women-related topics and services. Massage therapists will also be on hand, helping to relieve any kinks or shoulder aches.

The Mogollon Health Alliance will award scholarships for three mammograms. Qualified participants can apply for a free mammogram when they register for the forum.

"This event gets more popular each year, mostly due to the outstanding slate of speakers we are able to secure, and this year is no exception," Spencer said. "All women owe it to themselves to attend this forum. We need to learn to take care of ourselves first so that we are able to take care of the others who depend upon us."

Women interested in attending the Women's Wellness Forum are welcome to register at the door Saturday morning, prior to the event. The forum is free of charge, but attendance is limited to the first 300 registrants. While some classes are filled, many are still open.

For more information, call Phyllis Spradlin at 472-2588.

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