PRESS RELEASE 7/31
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH CONFERENCE
BISMARCK-The Women’s Health Conference, formerly known as Mikey Hoeven’s Women’s Wellness Expo, will host a day-long event on September 30 at the Best Western Ramkota in Bismarck, North Dakota. Registration is open to the public. The conference features practical, uplifting experiences to help women grow their personal health and the health of their family.
“We are focused on women’s health,” said committee chair Mary Ann Foss, retired director of Women’s Way of North Dakota, “because most often women are the influential household decision makers regarding health care. The conference challenges attendees to new health goals and empowers them with tools and resources.”
There is good news amidst regional and national reports about the state of women’s health. Modifiable lifestyle choices, health screenings and self-management can save individual’s money and resources; topics addressed by regional and national experts at Women’s Health Conference.
“Women learn from each other, they boost each other’s motivation,” continues Foss, “We inhale inspiration from stories of challenge and expert advice, then exhale the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes.”
Tickets cost $40 and are available at www.womens-health-conference.com or by contacting Reach Partners 701-271-8170.
The event planning committee, North Dakota Partnering for Women’s Health (NDPWH), comprises a group of health, public health, and community minded experts including Former First Lady Mikey L. Hoeven. The committee’s mission is to educate, motivate and rejuvenate women to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes. ##
At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Wendy.
The Sassy and Classy, Wendy B. has had the great opportunity to work in the medical and health care industry for the last 14 years. She has been excited to work with physicians from all specialties and learn everything she possibly can to support herself because almost 20 years ago, Wendy was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
She credits her positive attitude and organizational skills to managing this chronic disease in her life. When she’s organized and has a aplan, it lowers stress and doesn’t set off Crohn’s flares. But also, her positive attitude is something she incorporates into her kid’s lives. She tells them that attitude and effort are the two things that YOU can control.
It’s that mentality that makes Wendy a stronger person since her diagnosis. She might have to do a little more research when preparing for trips or meals, but she doesn’t let it be a burden on her life. She loves to share her story with others to let them know that Crohn’s won’t make their life worse… it might be more challenge, but it won’t be worse. Wendy wears her 4 surgery scars with pride, and even rocks a two piece swimsuit at the pool.
Wendy wants to be remembered as the lady who had Crohn’s disease, embraced it, lived her life to the fullest, never letting the disease get her down. She will be remembered for being positive, even if it’s just giving a simple smile, a kind gesture that can change a person’s day. Kindness is contagious!
What is a good health investment?
Time? Money? Knowledge?
The thing every human has in common is Time. You never outgrow time management - trying to fit everything (everyone) into your day, week or month. You elect to spend an hour at the gym 4 times a week, play with the kiddos, eat lunch with a friend. All time well spent. Likewise, sparing time devoted to your own motivation, improvement and education to you help reach your health goal is important. Your motivation ultimately affects your health and your health affects the time you get to spend with those you support and love.
So, how will you spend your time?
Mary Ann, a.k.a Ma the Women's Heath Conference Chair speaking to women in Fargo.
Do you know the Women's Health Conference Advisory Committee? Meet Mary Ann, a.k.a. “MA” and the “Greenlady”
Mary Ann Foss, RN, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, is a pioneer member of the advisory committee, North Dakotans Partnering For Women’s Health, serving since its inception in the 90’s. She’s been a part of more summits, expos and conferences than anyone! She especially loved being emcee for both the Bismarck and Fargo events from 2002 through 2012.
MA (M.A. short for Mary Ann) says, “Women learn from each other, they boost each other’s motivation. We inhale inspiration from stories of challenge and expert advice, then exhale the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes.”
A true champion for women’s health, this spunky go-getter, recently retired, worked the past 18 years for the North Dakota Department of Health, serving as Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and State Director of Women’s Way.
She devotes many hours of hard work and expertise to every event we’ve held. Truly a mom, “MA” is our fearless leader, champion of health, spreads love all around and makes us eat our veggies.
Ma currently serves as chair of our event committee.
At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Jen.
Sporty and sophisticated describe Miss Jennifer H. A TRIPLET with two great brothers, Jen LOVES to learn and has a very optimistic outlook on life.
A former Concordia Cobber Soccer Player, she considers herself is a champion in health education, and we agree. She is continually learning ways to improve herself and is always working to become a more fit woman– both emotionally and physically.
Since she’s a former collegiate athlete, her health focus on health has shifted a bit in the last year. Knowing she isn’t working out to get in shape for ON the soccer field, she has had to change her outlook toward developing good habits OFF the field. Stating time management as the most important tool for her health, she wants everyone to know that you need to set aside time to take care of yourself. If you’re stressed, you won’t make the time to work out and eat healthy.
Before she hits the books in September for a Masters degree in Communication, she will be traveling abroad and touring Scandinavia with her mother. A family tradition started by her grandmother when Jen’s mom graduated from college.
Is this you?
She fills half her plate with greens and limit processed food. She walks the extra 15 parking places at the store instead of taking that rock-star parking spot right by the door. She develops and works on deep friendships, you volunteer. She saves money, pay off debt and gives with a happy heart. Her faith and gratitude serves others. She’s active chasing kids, walking and biking, running. She manages the daily stress of life with humor and lets go the small stuff.
Or maybe you’re not super woman. Maybe you are like the rest of us and make great choices about a fourth of the time or while laying in bed or reading a blog.
So, how can you boost your motivation to make and stick with the changes you need? What can you do to feel good about the choices you make? How can you revive your passion for your own health, the passion you need to make good, healthy and lasting decisions?
Here is an article from Gratist by Nia Shanks. She speaks a great truth in our self-talk:
"Reject the notion that you’re flawed and that you need to constantly “fix” things on your body. Fight back and choose to fuel yourself with positivity. Make words like “beautiful,” “smart,” “strong,” “determined,” “confident,” “awesome,” and “badass” staples in your daily vocabulary — especially when talking about yourself. And please remember: What you say to and about yourself will form you. So speak wisely."
-Nia Shanks, Greatist
Do you know the Women's Health Conference Advisory Committee? Meet Mikey.Former First Lady, Mikey Hoeven
Mikey Hoeven is married to Senator John Hoeven, and she served as North Dakota’s First Lady from 2000 to 2010. During that time she worked tirelessly to bring new focus to women’s health issues. Mikey inspires us, not just because she is beautiful, but because she understands the role wellness plays in the body, mind and soul.
How Mikey explains it:
“As a recovering aerobics instructor, I’ve always felt “your health is your greatest wealth.” In saying this I truly do try to walk the talk daily. This means that I start off my day in prayer thanking God for all my blessings and also asking God to take care of those around me who are in need of his guidance and support. After prayer, I exercise 7 days a week as it helps to de-clutter my mind, helps with stress release and of course it releases endorphins which physically makes me feel better! On the days I am unable to work out because of my schedule or travel, I just don’t feel as balanced because moving is such a big part of my daily routine.”
Mikey has has been passionate about her role to educate, motivate and rejuvenate women to live healthy lifestyles. She's lead almost 20 women's health events in Bismarck and Fargo and continues to serve the Woman's Health Conference in order to provide a practical, uplifting experience to empower each attendee to grow their health emotionally, spiritually and physically.