Anne Mahlum, our keynote speaker, has discovered the health benefits of running, have you?
1. It's so easy
True, some high-tech gear will make your run more fun, but really, all you need is a good pair of shoes, and a supportive sports bra. It couldn't be simpler.
And everyone knows how to run. You may not have perfect form yet, but you already know how to place one foot in front of the other and settle into a comfortable pace. No new skills to master, no equipment to buy—just get out there and run.
2. Yet so hard
No other exercise matches running for its ability to make you sweat. The stair-stepper, bike, and other gym staples work you hard, but running blasts the most calories. Running also gives your heart a world-class workout. When your legs hit their stride they squeeze blood toward your heart
3. Your knees will thank you
Running doesn't wreck your joints. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that obese women had nearly four times the risk of knee osteoarthritis than non-obese women; for men, it was five times the risk. Runners are much more likely to be at a normal weight than members of the sedentary population, significantly decreasing their risk of osteoarthritis.
It goes further than just the benefits of weight loss, too. Running strengthens your cartilage by increasing oxygen flow and flushing out toxins, and by strengthening the ligaments around your joints. It also gives your bones a boost, helping to prevent osteoporosis.
4. You'll stress less
"Nothing beats that feeling when you settle into a strong stride with a powerful rhythm," says Brooke Stevens, a four-time NYC marathoner, "The tension in my neck, back, and shoulders starts to loosen up, and I can think more clearly too."
Running is even used by mental health experts to help treat clinical depression and other psychological disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction.
5. It can prevent disease
Most experts agree that regular exercise reduces the risk of many kinds of cancer including: colon, breast, and lung. One recent study in the British Journal of Cancer calculated that the "most active" (e.g. walked briskly 5-6 hours/week) people were 24 percent less likely to develop colon cancer than the "least active" people (e.g. 30 minutes of walking/week). In a study by the National Cancer Institute, women of a normal weight who reported the highest levels of "vigorous activity" (running, tennis, aerobics) had about a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer when compared with women who did no vigorous activity.
Joggers also have a leg up against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and running has been shown to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, and boost immunity to colds and other viruses.
Join us on September 29th, 2014 in Bismarck for the annual Women’s Health Conference. Anne Mahlum will inspire you to be your best self as well as tell you of her life journey and work with Back on my Feet, a running program for the homeless.
Excerpt from Women's Health Magazine
"You have to take life one step at a time. Everybody is on some crappy roads in life. When you are on crappy roads you have two choices; you can either persevere up the hill in front of you or you can turn around."
Anne Mahlum is the founder of Back on My Feet, a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to change the way those experiencing homelessness see themselves, so they can make real change in their lives. It promotes self-sufficiency of homeless people through engaging them in running as a way to build confidence, strength, and self-esteem. Once they are in the right state of mind, the nonprofit looks to help them with employment and housing. Back on my feet provides that push in the right direction and cultivates an environment conducive to trying new things, making new friends, and establishing strong life qualities.
She is an inspiration to audiences everywhere reminding them that change begins within us and that all it takes is one step to begin to live a better life. She captures her audience immediately and keeps them engaged until the very end. Her story resonates with all, her energy is contagious, and the personal touch makes it even more real. Anne is a two-time TEDx speaker, featured in a book called 50 Everyday Hero’s, a guest on the NBC Today Show and CBS evening news, an entrepreneur, marathoner and a triathlete.
She looks to build a community that helps people become the strongest and best version of themselves. Anne has inspired many women to consider their health and wellness as a whole: mind, body, and spirit already at the Fargo Women’s Health Conference in May. She looks to inspire more women in the region as she takes the stage at the Ramkota hotel in Bismarck on Monday, September 29, 2014.
Anne is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently lives in DC. She has completed 11 marathons, four triathlons and loves to constantly challenge her body, her mind and her spirit.
Invest and register here to spend a day connecting to other women and deepening you relationship with yourself.
Mandi works at Great River Energy and she is most passionate about the wellness committee that she co-leads at Great River Energy’s North Dakota plants. The committee is made up of 12 cross-functional employees and they meet monthly to plan the events and activities that engage, enhance, and educate employees and their families about health and wellness. She loves hearing positive feedback following the event, but also looks forward to their annual survey results to see what employees liked, didn’t like, and want the committee to do in the next year. She feels very fortunate to work for a company that truly cares about employees and their families’ health and well-being.
She is most proud of taking the time to identify herself and acknowledging who she is because understanding oneself is truly empowering. Her happiness comes from the mindset that she creates for herself; feeling positive about her life, her relationships with others, and her relationship with herself.
The aspect of the Women’s Health Conference she anticipates the most is the natural high from the event. From top notch speakers to new educational tips, from trying new foods to meeting new/old friends, the day is all around amazing for her.
Favorite activities to keep physically fit: Volleyball and pretending to love running
If you would like to join Mandi and the rest of the advisory committee in a great day of learning and becoming more in-tune with yourself, Register for the Women’s Health Conference today!
In addition to selecting healthy foods to eat, one must also adapt a mindset that is healthy in order to progress towards a new lifestyle. Here are some tips to guide a healthy mind:
1. Have a healthy attitude towards food. Many people have an unhealthy relationship with food in which emotional attachment is observed.
If you have an emotional attachment to food, consider:
2. Determine how many calories YOUR body needs. Every single person is different and has different daily functions. Caloric intake will depend on metabolism and amount of physical activity. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body needs each day.
3. Do not skip breakfast. Not eating breakfast is seen as a way to drop a pound or just not eaten because a person is not hungry first thing in the morning. There are many benefits of eating breakfast and some consequences if you don’t.
4. Eat slowly. It takes some time for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full. That’s why sometimes when you eat you feel fine right after, but feel as if you have a food baby fifteen minutes later. You can avoid this by eating your food slower. That way, by the time that your brain receives the message from your stomach that you are full, you won’t feel sick later.
5. Eat 5 times per day. This can be 3 solid meals per day with 2 snacks in-between. This allows for steady blood sugar levels throughout the day as well as giving your body a more manageable amount of food to digest each time.
Join us on September 29th, 2014 in Bismarck for the annual Women’s Health Conference. It is a great day to take time for yourself and to learn about wellness, nutrition, and fitness in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by women who are there for the same reason. Register here for a self-investment.
She has been instrumental in guiding the programming for the Women’s Health Conference as the co-chair and we wish to thank her for the talents that she's brought to the event.
Adrienne's inspiration from the Women's Health Conference comes from seeing all of the inspired faces in the audience and knowing that the accumulation of all of the hard work spent planning the conference over the many months has a positive impact on the women attending.
Adrienne’s passion in life is affecting people’s lives. Her goal is to positively impact the lives of the people around her and bring them joy. She gets most excited in her professional career when she can create and experience or build a memory that a person will keep with them forever.
Adrienne feels blessed to have been accepted and to have graduated from the United Way of Cass Clay’s 35 under 35 Women’s Leadership Program. It was a once in a lifetime experience for her and she got the opportunity to connect with 34 other influential young women leaders in the community.
Activities that keep her physically fit: yoga, dance, leisure biking, and swimming
Don’t forget to register to be a part of the Women's Health Conference on September 29, 2014 for great day of genuine inspiration.
“A group of health, public health and community minded experts serve to provide a practical, uplifting experience to help women grow emotionally, spiritually and physically. Meet Mikey.”
1. What are you most passionate about professionally?
Anything I can do personally or professionally to help make someone’s life a bit better makes me happy.
2. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My children and now two grandbabies
3. What is the best piece of health advice you have ever received?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Others have various gifts that you may not have; be happy with who you are.
4. What are your favorite activities to do to keep you physically fit?
Anything that keeps me moving and physically fit… even dancing with my grandbabies
5. What aspect of the Women’s Health Conference do you anticipate the most every year?
I love to see the smiling faces of all those in attendance every year. Making them happy makes me happy.
You're invited to join Mikey Hoeven on September 29, 2014 in attending the 2014 Bismarck Women's Health Conference. Register here to give yourself a gift of one day to focus on you.
Making healthy decisions can seem challenging. By following a few guidelines you lay the foundations toward a healthier future.
1. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated with water is easy and a great way to improve your health, shed pounds, and digest food. Aim to drink between 8 – 12 cups a day.
2. Avoid soda, juices, energy drinks, and any other drink with artificial sweeteners. These sugary drinks will add unneeded extra calories to your diet. Your favorite Frappuccino may even carry enough calories for half of your recommended daily intake percentage.
3. Participate in Meatless Mondays. Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to give up meat one day per week (typically Monday). Most people already have enough protein in their diet. By cutting back one day you can have a more balanced diet.
4. Stay away from the fast food! We all have heard this before and know about all of the bad health issues that fast food creates, yet we can’t resist how easy and convenient the drive thru is. Many of these products come fried, processed, and extremely salty. With the addition of soda and the trans fats these items contain, one meal contains well over half of the suggested caloric intake for one day.
5. Drink alcohol in extreme moderation. One glass of wine of beer on occasion is suggested but any more than 1 in a day can lead to negative side effects. One glass of wine of beer a day can add benefits such as improved memory function, reduced bacterial infection, and boosted estrogen levels.
Join us on September 29th, 2014 in Bismarck for the annual Women’s Health Conference. It is a great day to take time for yourself and to learn about wellness, nutrition, and fitness in a comfortable atmosphere surrounded by women who are there for the same reason. Registration can be found here.
Every person has a different definition of happiness. At the 2014 Bismarck Women's Health Conference, inspired speakers will put you in a positive mindset to create a happy atmosphere in your daily life. Check back for more information on speakers.
Your investment for a more positive and inspired life is $40, register here.
With her recent success on NBC’s The Voice season 6, Kat has quickly become a rising star in the national music scene. A professional singer since just 15 years old, Kat has learned to handle the pressures that come with being part of such a demanding industry.
Join us at the Women’s Health Conference in Bismarck on September 29, 2014 to hear about her struggles and triumphs throughout her journey in this always changing, always challenging music industry, and how she perseveres as she pursues her dreams. In addition to a busy touring schedule, Kat is working on a weekly radio segment, and will be speaking to hundreds of schools across the Midwest this Fall, working to inspire kids to go after their dreams, and to do and stand up for what’s right.
Register now to see Kat Perkins speak and sing LIVE and to come together with other women for a day focused on wellness, nutrition, and most importantly, you!
Take a day for you, for your nutrition, for your health. Join us on September 29, 2014 in Bismarck for the Women’s Health Conference. Register here.