The ninth annual Women's Wellness Forum is a good six weeks away, but that doesn't mean it is too early to register.
In fact, the first 200 women with paid registration will receive a free copy of the featured speaker Jill Fleming's book, "Thin People Don't Clean Their Plates."
The book, and Fleming's "Thin Choices" program, focuses on lifestyle changes and strategies to lose weight.
The strategies are geared to help readers decrease women's risk of obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and premature aging.
As always, the forum is limited to 300 participants. The forum will be held Saturday, March 24, on the Payson High School Campus.
The day's program begins with a session from 7:15 to 7:30 a.m. in the PHS cafeteria -- "Your Path to Wellness," an introduction to Qi Gong by Penny Navis-Schmidt.
Qi Gong is an aspect of Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body. Qi Gong is mostly taught for health maintenance purposes.
Registration and a continental breakfast will be in the lobby of the PHS auditorium from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m.
Opening remarks, followed by Fleming's keynote address are scheduled from 8 to 8:50 a.m. in the PHS auditorium.
Between 9 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. participants have the opportunity to attend three different breakout sessions, selected from a menu of nine programs:
- "Get Your Groove Back" with Jill Fleming
- "Who Has Your Identity?" with Cathy Penrod
- "Natural Herbs for Health" with Gladys Moreno
- "Recipes for Letting Go" with Vivian Seville
- "Beautiful Skin" with Jennifer Hagen
- "Enjoying the High Country" with Alan ‘Dusty' Miller, Kathy Patrick-Baas and Hal Baas
- "Eating Well/Thinking Thin" with Gary J. Bedsworth
- "Footprints to Health" with Cindy Bryant
- "Get In Shape with Liposuction" with Steven Lee
In her keynote address, Fleming will introduce the day's theme, "Recipe for a New You." Through her breakout session, she will teach how to get your "groove" and passion for life back with just a few simple lifestyle choices.
Penrod, manager of Chase Bank in Payson, will discuss how to prevent identity theft.
Moreno, who owns and operates Garden of Eden Reflexology and Skin Care, will talk about herbal formulas and their healing properties.
Vivian Seville will share 10 recipes to enhance the immune system and easy ways to reduce stress and create more joy in your life.
Hagen, a licensed esthetician, will discuss how to have the most beautiful skin possible.
Miller and the Baases are with the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue squad. They will share the best hikes in the area and how to stay safe when enjoying the Rim Country.
Bedsworth, a consulting chef and president of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, will share recipes for a healthy lifestyle in an interactive cooking demonstration.
Bryant will focus on empowering women to take greater accountability for their health and well-being in a natural way.
Lee is a M.D. and general surgeon. He will discuss the procedure tumescent liposuction, an outpatient procedure.
The cost of the Women's Wellness Forum is $10. Funds for scholarships to help others attend the forum may also be made, either with additional money included in an individual's registration or through a gift.
For more information about the Women's Wellness Forum, contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.