Women’S Wellness Programs Filling Fast


Time is running out to register for the 2009 Women’s Wellness Forum, “Pearls on the Path” on March 14 at Payson High School.

Almost 200 participants have registered and only 300 people can be accommodated. The cost is $10 per person. Scholarships are available as are five free mammograms for qualified participants.

The vendor space is almost all gone as well, according to the office of the Mogollon Health Alliance, which is coordinating both participant and vendor registration.

The day starts at 7 a.m. with the optional dance exercise program “Karoomba!” by Christy Walton. Based on the popular Zumba® program, there is lots of upbeat Latin music and the moves are suitable for any fitness or skill level, Walton said.

Registration materials and a continental breakfast are available from 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.

The formal opening of the forum and the keynote address are at 8 a.m.

The featured speakers for the keynote address are Pauline Napier and Michelle Napier-Dunnings, who will present the program “Trusting the Healing Wisdom Within.”

In order to bring healing power into our communities, the two believe we need to learn to trust. This trust is built on the knowledge that everyone has tremendous wisdom, inherited from past generations, residing within each of us, and impacting the next generation. Through stories and reflections, the team will offer their perspectives on health and wellness.

Following the keynote, participants will go into a series of three breakout sessions of their choice. These will be held between 9 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. in the classrooms around the high school auditorium. Lunch will be served starting at 12:30 p.m. in the old gym at PHS. With lunch, participants can also enjoy a vendor fair featuring merchants and organizations from throughout the Rim Country, plus some from the Valley and elsewhere in the state.

Napier and Napier-Dunnings will offer one of the breakout sessions: “Tapping the Healing Energy Within,” which builds on the ideas presented in the keynote address.

Participants will engage in an interactive session where small groups will explore their historical culture and its impact on their individual well-being today. They will look at how “wellness” feels, looks and sounds. With that knowledge, participants may awaken how they can hold onto those feelings when journeying through their everyday lives.

Penny Navis-Schmidt will present “Qigong,” a meditative movement class that can help manage stress and bring busy lives into balance by enhancing physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Jeri Byrne will present “A Purse-Driven Life,” which is based on the book “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. This Christian-based class will help you realize God’s plan to help you get out of debt.

Kevin Dick will tell participants about “Making the Most of Uncertain Markets.” He will help show how to live your best life now.

There are two main reasons why women do not invest: lack of experience and lack of knowledge, so his program will look at the tools to achieve financial success in a changing world.

Dane Owens will present Home Depot’s “Do-It-Herself Workshops” on how to repair a leaky faucet, fix an outlet, replace a light fixture and a variety of other projects.

Vivian Seville’s program, “Psych-K,” is a user-friendly way to rewrite the software of your mind and change the printout of your life. She will show participants how to go beyond affirmations, will power and positive thinking and learn that when you change your beliefs you can change your life.

Annemarie Eveland’s “Face Reading” program has filled, as has Kendra Ringle’s “The Wisdom of Wellness — Understanding Your Body” and chef Derek Wimpee’s program, “Your Path to Good Health.”

To register for the 2009 Women’s Wellness Forum, contact the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588. The MHA has information about the scholarships available and details about the free mammograms.


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