Women’S Wellness Forum Turns 14

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You never know who — or what — you might see and learn at the annual Women’s Wellness Forum. This year the event is Saturday, March 24 at Payson High School and costs $15 per person.

The 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum is March 24 and features Jason Schechterle as the keynote speaker.

Schechterle is the Phoenix police officer who suffered fourth degree burns to his face, neck and hands when his patrol car went up in flames after being rear-ended in 2001.

He became a motivational speaker after retiring from the Phoenix Police Department in 2006. His topic at the forum will be “Making Coffee.”

The forum will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at Payson High School.

Participants will attend three break-out sessions, choosing from the following topics: yoga, skin care, domestic violence, automotive maintenance, hormones, scrapbooking, making unusual vegetable dishes, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes, living the green life, and accessorizing.

There is a $15 fee to attend the forum and there is limited financial assistance available for women who would like to attend, but cannot afford the fee.

About Jason Schechterle

Schechterle’s story of survival and achievement, despite incredible odds, has mesmerized audiences across Arizona and the rest of the country.

All he ever wanted to be was a police officer and joined the Phoenix Police Department in August 1999.

On March 26, 2001, a taxi driver, having an epileptic seizure rear-ended Schechterle’s police cruiser going 115 miles per hour. The police vehicle burst into flames and in 55 seconds the fire covered 43 percent of Schechterle’s body. The fourth degree burns he suffered took the layers of skin and muscle to the bone.

He was not expected to live, but six months ahead of schedule, after two months in a coma and 16 of 52 surgeries, Schechterle walked out of the hospital.

While Schechterle admits he has suffered from his share of depression, he adds, “It takes too much energy to focus on the negative.

“Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how

we react to it. Attitude is a very powerful thing. There’s no reason to give up when you have a bad day or a bad experience because it’s going to get better, it always does.”

In addition to the many speaking engagements he accepts through his Beyond the Flames program, Schechterle works as a private investigator.

The Mogollon Health Alliance, the Women’s Wellness Forum Committee and Payson Regional Medical Center are sponsoring his appearance at the 14th Annual Women’s Wellness Forum.

Other presenters scheduled to appear at the forum and their topics are: Christy Walton, Zumba (Latin dance fitness program), 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Studio Theatre; Diane Nathe-Roder, yoga; Ron Damiano, skin care; Jean Oliver and Susie Wicks, domestic violence; Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner, vehicle maintenance; Roslyn Rogers, hormones; Brenda Hamric, scrapbooking; B.J. and Christine Bollier, cooking; John Hancock, living well with diabetes or pre-diabetes; Nicole Darnall, living the green life; Karen Phylow, accessorizing.

To learn more or to register, contact MHA at (928) 472-2588 or stop by the office at 308 E. Aero Dr., or go online to mogollonhealthalliance.com.

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