Wellness Forum To Focus On Women

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Rim country women are invited to take a day for themselves to help their health and well-being.

The sixth annual Women's Wellness Forum is Saturday, May 8 and reservations for the 300 seats are being taken now. The program is scheduled to take place at the Payson High School auditorium, in classrooms and the old gymnasium.

The theme of this year's forum is "Let's Promise to Keep Wellness a Priority."

The Women's Wellness Forum is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance and Payson Regional Medical Center.

The day's events start at 7 a.m. with a Qigong session on stress management and health enhancement through breath and movement. The program will be held in front of the auditorium.

Registration and a continental breakfast is in the auditorium library from 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. The cost to participate is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Scholarships are available. For more information about participating, call the MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Formal activities of the day begin with opening remarks and a keynote address by Lynda Bergsma on "Women's Health in a Media Culture." This part of the program is from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Bergsma is an assistant professor in the college of public health. She is also the associate director of the Rural Health Office and director of the Media Wise Initiative.

She will present one of the individual sessions, media literacy, providing skills to analyze media messages about health.

Between 9 a.m. and 12:20 p.m., participants can choose to attend any four sessions of the following: osteoporosis; dental care; alternative therapies; dermatology; cardiac and stroke; substance abuse and addiction; elder care and the "Sandwich Generation"; and media literacy.

In the osteoporosis session, Dr. Cynthia Booth will discuss the diagnosis of osteoporosis and how it can impact your life. She will also talk about how it can be prevented and treated.

Dentist Patrice Winterholler will discuss keeping teeth healthy as a woman ages, along with cosmetic dentistry. She has practiced in Payson since 1998.

Debra Laseter will present the program on alternative therapies, including dealing with pain and other symptoms through holistic methods. Laseter has been a registered nurse practitioner for 18 years.

A program on skin care will be presented by Dr. Miriam Cummings. She believes in educating patients regarding skin diseases and cancers so they may actively participate in their care.

Dr. Jason Cool of Advanced Cardiac Specialists will have a program on heart disease and the risk factors for it.

Jan Alley and Janice Finnie of the Rim Guidance Center will have a program on substance abuse and addiction.

Christy Walton is presenting a program on elder care and the challenges and concerns of the "Sandwich Generation" -- those members of society who are responsible for the care of both children and parents.

The programs will be followed by lunch and a vendor showcase in the old PHS gym, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, mammograms will be provided for the first five qualified applicants. For more information on this part of the program, as well as registration information, call the MHA at (928) 472-2588.

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