Forum Stresses Good Health, Fellowship

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Ladies, you may think car repair is just for the guys -- it isn't.

Learn the cause of your car's grinding and smoking at the seventh annual Women's Wellness Forum Saturday May 14 at the Payson High School auditorium.

This year's theme is "Planting Seeds for Health."

"It is an opportunity for women to get together to learn about issues that concern us and enjoy fellowship," said Cory Houghton, director of marketing at Payson Regional Medical Center.

The day begins at 7 a.m. with an opportunity for women of all ages to start a gentle exercise regimen.

The breath and movements exercise of Qigong are a great way to increase vitality, balance and overall well-being. Penny Navis-Schmidt will be teaching the exercises.

A continental breakfast will be served in the auditorium lobby from 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. before the forum begins at 8 a.m.

Nationally known keynote speaker, Suzanne Metzger, Ph.D., will offer tips on gaining self-acceptance sooner rather than later in life.

Dr. Metzger, a 10-year breast cancer survivor, is aware of what it takes to survive and cope with a disease that requires harsh treatments. She has undergone a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormone therapy.

The right attitude is instrumental in surviving the disease.

"What others see for us or in us is of little consequence to what we see for or in ourselves," Metzger said.

Her presentation, "Learning Through Living, Some Assembly Required," is designed to take a humorous look at the stages and ages of our lives.

Breakout sessions begin at 9 a.m. Women who sign up can attend three of nine workshops.

Ron Butler will dispel the myths of automobiles in his course specially designed for women. Butler is the previous owner of Power House Machine Shop and is a former race car driver.

Registered nurse Tammy DeWees will give a diabetes overview and talk about managing diabetes with nutrition, foot care and preventing complications.

Surgeon Troy Brinkerhoff takes a conservative approach to breast disease therapy. His session will cover the prevention, signs and cutting-edge treatment options in maintaining breast health. Women will learn what cancerous tissue looks like, and they'll be able to check out pre- and post-surgical reconstruction photos.

Payson Chiropractor Robert Sanders of Beeline Chiropractic, will demonstrate simple techniques to keep your spine in a state of good health.

Kayte del Real will discuss the benefits and consequences of taking charge from a legal-medical perspective.

Other wellness choices for the breakout sessions include PRMC's own Education Coordinator for Patient Care Services, Lynn Sommers and respiratory therapist, Kimberly Sleeper teaching CPR basics; Certified Menopause Educator Raenel Mathews on the topic of Hormone Replacement Therapy and alternatives; Gene Sampson will present suggestions for coping with trauma and its aftermath and cardiovascular nurse, Carol Hansen will teach women what they can do to be heart healthy.

"This forum has truly become the premier event for women in our community," said Houghton.

The luncheon and vendor show of the wellness forum happens in the old gymnasium from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Local business people will be manning booths where participants can get information on many health, wellness and women's related topics.

Forum participants will be able to register for a free health and wellness program this summer at Payson Regional Medical Center called Healthy Woman.

Mogollon Health Alliance, PRMC and the Eastern Arizona Health Education Center are sponsoring the day's events. There is a $10 fee to attend, but financial assistance is available by calling MHA at (928) 472-2588.

Registration forms are available at the hospital and at Mogollon Health Alliance. MHA is located at 308 E. Aero Drive.

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