Women's Wellness Forum Returns For Fifth Year

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On May 17, the Rim country's women will once again come together for a day of information, fellowship and fun at the fifth annual Women's Wellness Forum. The theme of this year's forum is "Transitions: A Woman's Journey ... a Lifetime of Good Health."

The forum, presented by Payson Regional Medical Center and the Mogollon Health Alliance, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Payson High School. At 6:30 a.m., there will be a "Your Path to Wellness" fun walk. Participants will gather in the auditorium for a continental breakfast at 7:15 a.m., followed by a keynote address by Dr. Marilyn Kieffer-Andrews, RNP. The keynote address will focus on a woman's journey-brain changes and living vibrantly. The impact of hormones in the female brain will be presented with special emphasis on balance and the choices women have to enhance their well-being physically, interpersonally and spiritually.

Following the keynote address, participants will attend their choice of three-out-of-eight health-related breakout sessions. The health-related topics available in the breakout sessions are: Hormone Replacement presented by Dr. Cynthia Booth, P.L.L.C.; "Low Vision/ Macular Degeneration" presented by Dr. Troy Ford; Dermatology presented by Dr. Marian Cummings; Qigong presented by Penny Navis-Schmidt, MSW, ACSW, CISW; Healthy Sleeping presented by Dr. Simran Galhotra; Bereavement presented by Allyson Danielson, M.Ed. DAPA; Mind/Body/Nutrition presented by Jan Casalena, MC; and Transitions-Challenges of the 40s, 50s, and 60+ presented by Dr. Marilyn Kieffer-Andrews, RNP.

Topics for this year's educational classes were selected based upon surveyed input from last year's forum attendees. "Our committee members have worked very hard this year. A great class selection, coupled with the addition of a keynote speaker and a very special catered luncheon, should all contribute to a very exciting forum this year," said Missy Spencer, Women's Wellness Forum committee member. In addition to Spencer, other committee members include Judy Baker, Phyllis Spradlin, Penny Navis-Schmidt, Cory Houghton, Vicki Dietz, and Sue Maher.

Following the breakout sessions, participants will be treated to a luncheon and door prize drawing in the vendor hall. In the vendor hall, local business people will be manning booths where they will hand out information on many health, wellness and women's-related topics and services. Massage therapists will also be on hand, helping to relieve any remaining kinks or shoulder aches.

In addition to handouts received during the breakout sessions, participants will receive valuable health and wellness booklets in their registration packets. Women will receive a health pocket planner and a comprehensive book that includes self-tests and information on health issues for women of all ages. Finally, information will be available specific to women living in rural areas, women with disabilities and Native American women.

"This forum has truly become the premier event for women in our community. It's an opportunity for women to get together to learn about issues that concern us and to enjoy fellowship," said Spencer. "This year's forum will emphasize wellness over a woman's entire life span. There are class offerings for women of all ages for a lifetime of good health. This year, for the first time, we will be hosting a short, low-stress fun walk prior to the continental breakfast, called "Your Path to Wellness." The walk will be around the high school football field, and will feature health information stations along the route," said Spencer.

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

Women interested in attending this year's forum may register beginning April 18 by calling the Mogollon Health Alliance at 928-472-2588. The forum is free of charge, but attendance is limited to the first 300 pre-registered women.

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