Being Healthy Involves More Than Nutrition, Exercise

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The women of the Rim Country are invited to learn how to improve their health and create their futures at the Eighth Annual Women's Wellness Forum.

The community's annual women's wellness forum has been held in May for the past seven years, but in its eighth year it's being held earlier, giving participants a faster start to better health.

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Last year's Women's Wellness Forum brought in women from across Arizona. The Wellness Forum happens this year on March 25 and has room for 300 participants. Pre-registration is required.

"May is so busy, we decided to move the forum to March and hope more women will take advantage of it," said Judy Baker, director of the Mogollon Health Alliance, which co-sponsors the event with the Payson Regional Medical Center, ERA Community Fund and RTA Hospice.

There is only room for 300 participants though, so pre-registration is required, she said. The cost is $10 and there are scholarships to cover the fee for those unable to afford it, plus scholarships for free mammograms.

The Eighth Annual Women's Wellness Forum is Saturday, March 25 at the Payson High School Auditorium and campus. The theme is "Women Can Do More Than Bake" with a keynote address by Christine Wailand-Harrison titled, "Women's Wellness Takes a Whole Pie."

The day begins at 7:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The speaker will begin at 8 a.m. Her presentation will revolve around personal power and how people can create their own future.

"We will have a pie chart showing the seven areas of life that need to be in balance for life to evolve," Wailand-Harrison said.

The seven areas are: Governance of our lives, ethics, communication, aesthetics, rational or applied knowledge, intuitive knowledge and organization.

Wailand-Harrison has made her home in Payson for five years, holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is an international expert on work systems design and business enhancement. She has consulted with numerous businesses, both large and small, on making companies more efficient.

Wailand-Harrison has also written a number of articles about the subject and has two books in progress. One of the books, titled "Who's in Charge and Where are We Going?" discusses the shift in leadership and relationship problems created by acquisitions and mergers, and the other book focuses on achieving a desired lifestyle after early retirement, tentatively titled "From Workplace to Whatever."

For more information or to pre-register, call (928) 472-2588.

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