Annual Women’S Wellness Forum Gets High Marks

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Chef Derek Wimpee pours glasses of fresh and hot mango juice for women participating in the “Your Path to Good Health” segment of Saturday’s Women’s Wellness Forum. The drink is featured in the Mediterranean diet.

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Brianne DeWitte concentrates and moves into a more relaxing stance during the early morning Karoomba sessions at the annual Women’s Wellness forum.

The energy was so high at the 11th annual Women’s Wellness Forum it had a building bouncing — or it could have been the enthusiastic participants in the day’s opening exercises.

Presenter Christy Walton’s Karoomba dance exercise event packed the studio theatre building at Payson High School at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The building was actually vibrating with the pumped up Latin music.

The entire event had high marks from participants, according to Judy Baker of the Mogollon Health Alliance, one the event’s founding sponsors.

About 250 people participated, with an estimated 75 vendors sharing information about their goods and services. Helping participants and presenters with the day-long program were about 50 volunteers. So, the Payson High School campus was hopping March 14.

Baker said the keynote guests Michelle Napier Dunnings and Pauline Napier loved the event and the community.

“They came in a day early and were on the radio, and then attended a reception one of our staff gave for them and the other presenters,” Baker said.

The day’s program was organized by a steering committee that included Baker, Tammy DeWees, Cory Houghton and Hart Hintze of Payson Regional Medical Center, Gail Gorry of Payson Unified School District, Patty Kaufman of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care and Debra Isaac of ERA Mortgage.

The participants were welcomed by both Chris Wolf, chief executive office of PRMC, and Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, who said he was not wearing his mayor’s hat for the day, but that of the president of the MHA board of directors.

Wolf encouraged participants to take away at least three things from the event and incorporate them into their lives.

Evans told a story that brought tears to the eyes of more than a few participants, sharing the message that by being comforted, each one can in turn be a comfort to another.

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