Wellness A Priority At Women's Forum


Women of the Rim country seeking low-cost medical exams can find just that at the Sixth Annual Women's Wellness Forum, Saturday, May 8.

Sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance and the Payson Regional Medical Center, the event begins at 7 a.m. with a Qigong session on stress management and health enhancement through breath and movement. This part of the program will be held in front of the auditorium at Payson High School, where the event is taking place. There will also be sessions in PHS classrooms and the old gymnasium.

The cost is $10 and both a continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided.

Special guest speaker at the 2004 Women's Wellness Forum, "Let's Promise to Keep Wellness a Priority," is Lynda Bergsma. She will give her main address at 8 a.m., "Women's Health in a Media Culture."

In addition to Bergsma, several Rim country health care professionals will be participating in the program.

Dr. Cynthia Booth will talk about osteoporosis. This is the second year the obstetrician has taken part in the forum.

Dentist Patrice Winterholler is another local professional taking part in the 2004 forum. Her topic is dental health as women age and cosmetic dentistry.

"The forum is an excellent opportunity for women to get information on their health and that of their families," Winterholler said. "I want to give as much information as I can on health care as it is related to dental health. Women are so often in a position of being responsible for their family's health it is helpful to have information and be able to get questions answered."

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

"I'm very supportive of women's issues," Alley said. "The more information we can get out the better informed everyone will be. We're presenting on alcoholism and addiction. For years this was seen more as a stigma and less as an illness in women. We want to shine the light on things. It's a disease and we want to show how we can fix it and get well."

The Wellness Forum is available to the first 300 women to register. To ensure your space at the forum, call (928) 472-2588.

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