Wellness Forum Prescribes Humor To Fight Stress With Expert E. Lundberg

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A recent survey showed that 70 to 90 percent of us feel stressed at work and outside, according to an article on the Web site Holisticonline.com.

"Today's fast paced lifestyle is putting a toll on us. Unless we learn to manage stress, we will get sick," the article continued.

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Gary Bedsworth has presented the cooking programs for the annual Women's Wellness Forum for the past two years. This year, the cooking program will be offered by Devon Wells, who supervises the culinary classes at Payson High School.

A related article by ChaChanna Simpson, publisher and editor of Twentity.com, said, "stress ... can cause physical ailments such as digestive, urinary tract and bladder problems, rashes, heart disease and much more."

In an effort to address this ongoing health issue, the 10th annual Women's Wellness Forum will focus on the topic, "Women and Stress" ...NOW THAT'S FUNNY!" with humor therapist Elaine Lundberg.

Lundberg is the keynote speaker at the March 15 event. Her popular presentations are both educational and motivational. They help anyone concerned with wellness and stress management learn to effectively incorporate positive humor into his or her personal and professional lives.

With her program, Lundberg will help participants to learn how to:

  • Take their work seriously but themselves lightly;
  • Use positive humor to enhance team building;
  • Use humor as a positive tool for stress management and wellness; and
  • Use hearty laughter to decrease stress and increase productivity.

Her books include: "If They're Laughing, They're Not Killing Each Other!" which presents the philosophy behind her wellness presentations; and "No More Bummers!" In which she shows readers how to protect themselves from the "bummer virus" by using positive humor.

Activities will be at the Payson High School campus and begin with a stretch and breathing program held first thing in the morning. There will then be a continental breakfast.

Lundberg's program starts at 8 a.m. Following the keynote address, participants will attend their choice of three out of ten health-related breakout sessions. The health-related topics available in the breakout sessions are:

  • "Love Your Heart" (Women and Heart Disease), with Alfonso Munoz, M.D.
  • "First Aid for Furry Friends" with David J. Burkhart
  • "I Have One Nerve Left and You're On It" (Stress Management) with Jeri Byrne
  • "Who Stole My Joy and Why Does My Neck Hurt" (Body Mapping) with Vivian Seville, CNA, LMT
  • "Recognizing Cancer In Men and Women" (Breast and Testicular Cancer) with Dr. John Dacanay
  • "Toe Readings" (Perscentoelogy a unique system of personality profiling through toe reading) with K.C. Miller
  • "A Woman's Journey to Financial Independence" with Kevin Dick
  • Car Trouble... Yelling Doesn't Work (Auto 101) with Mike Wicks
  • Easy Home Repairs For Women from Home Depot's "Do-It-Herself Workshops" with Dane Owens
  • Decadent Desserts for Health's Sake (an Interactive Cooking Demonstration) with Devon Wells.

The committee members have worked very hard to make the tenth anniversary Women's Wellness Forum unforgettable, said Cory Houghton of Payson Regional Medical Center and a member of the forum's steering committee.

A great class selection, coupled with the addition of a humorous keynote speaker and a very special catered luncheon, should all contribute to a very exciting forum this year, she said.

Following the breakout sessions, participants will be treated to a luncheon and door prize drawings in the vendor hall where local business people will be manning booths with information on many health, wellness and women's-related topics and services.

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

It's an opportunity for women to get together to learn about issues that concern them and to enjoy fellowship.

Qualified participants can apply for a free mammogram when they register for the forum.

Women interested in attending this year's forum may register by calling the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588. Admission to the forum is $10, but scholarships are available. Attendance is limited.

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