Explore your body-mind connection using ancient Eastern postures, movement, breathing techniques and intention to discover the vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
Develop mindfulness using slow, gentle dance-like movements to improve balance, flexibility and strength (Tai Chi); integrate holistic Chinese health practices (Qìgōng); and free your breath through exercises, techniques and sequence (Pranayama). Supercharge your mental awareness and spiritual well-being.
Debi Rogers is a teller of tales, musician, actress, director, and artist-in-resident for the North Dakota Council on the Arts. With degrees in Theater Arts and Choral Music and numerous acting and directing roles to her credit, she's at home on the stage - from concert hall to school, outdoor festival to senior center, theatrical stage to Irish pub.
As a K-12 educator Debi was awarded a Fulbright to study in Japan, served as an artistic ambassador for North Dakota in Iceland, sang a soprano solo onstage at Carnegie Hall, and is a featured solo artist on Prairie Public Television's “North Dakota Musicians."
Through travels overseas and from master teachers Debi has learned a wide repertoire of Celtic songs, dances and tales she incorporates into residencies and performances. Her earliest memory as a wee child was practicing flying and harping in her basement to become an Irish fairy.
Join Debi for meditation through movement at the Women's Health Conference, September 19 at the Bismarck Event Center.
When you embrace each step along the way your focused journey is the reward.
Meaningful goals act as a catalyst, increasing energy, improving decision making and strengthening commitment. Most adventures will include detours or setbacks, so if you are not truly enthusiastic about your goals, it’s easy to become dejected, lack fortitude and give up. Your sense of purpose paired with focus is what keeps you on track. It gives you persistence to grind, stretch, fall down, standup, overcome, improve habits and make profound choices.
The media would have us believe that the outcome determines success, however, the leading sports psychologists, authors and spiritual gurus agree it’s more beneficial to focus on the progress than the outcome. When you embrace each step along the way with focus and purpose, regardless of the outcome, you win! As a mom, working professional and athlete, Arika V. Johnson shares how her true success has been in living life’s moments and the amazing friendships along the way.
Arika is a native of Bismarck, ND. Throughout her life, Arika has been known for seamlessly adapting to a fast-paced environment where deadlines are priority, leading business success, establishing direction, and supporting staff in accomplishing personal and professional goals. Achieving year over year high performance accolades such as a #1 top performing Partner with Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services firm. Furthermore, Arika has been successful at establishing productive relationships, collaborating with all professional levels, and leading and mentoring high-caliber staff throughout the United States, which significantly optimized productivity and drives results.
With progressive experience in diverse business operations, Arika has cultivated her ability to remain focused and decisive in the most challenging of situations both personally and professionally such as climbing out of post partum-depression after the premature birth of her sons to training for Ironman. Equally important is a strong focus on her Christian faith and raising her twin five year old boys, Anders and Espenn. Arika resides in Devils Lake, ND and celebrates daily her incredible partnership with her husband and number one cheerleader, Paul Johnson.
Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. Resister now to be a part of this healthy, inspiring event at the Bismarck Event Center on September 19, 2016.
As women, we tend to focus on our and other’s appearance. The extraordinary live performance by North Dakota sisters, Kendra and Krista of Tigirlily empowers and lifts us up to recognize that in loving ourselves, finding self-worth, we are all “Pretty Girls.”
North Dakota sisters, Kendra and Krista, combine distinctive talents to comprise the genre-bending duo, Tigirlily. Singing since they were talking, blending their voices was a natural step. In an astonishingly short time, the siblings have progressed from sharing in church to sharing the stage with national acts, and have been rapidly growing an international fan base via YouTube. The pair have crafted a remarkable sound, appealing to pop, folk and country audiences alike. The duo have opened up for musical talents and now headlining their own high energy, interactive concerts with their band. Tigirlily debuted their first original album in February 2013.
Some of Kendra and Krista's performing highlights include performing at the Gramercy Theater in New York City, NY, the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN and The House of Blues in Dallas, TX, and performing at the Governor's Inaugural Celebration. The girls were recently awarded American Patriot plaques for their support of our soldiers and veterans and were awarded best original country band, best song, best video, best stage show, and the U Rock awards (band that gives back) at the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards and best original country band, best song, best video, and breakout artist at the 2016 North Dakota Music Awards.
Experience the uplifting sounds and inspiring message of Tigirlily at the Women’s Health Conference on September 19, 2016 at the Bismarck Event Center.
What does wellness mean to you? When it comes to your health do you know the numbers that can save your life? During the Women's Health Conference, Sandy Tschosik, BN, RN will use tools to assess your risk for disease and inspire you to make healthier choices to achieve wellness.
Sandy Tschosik is a registered nurse at CHI St. Alexius Health. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba. Shortly after graduating she decided that Canadian winters were too cold and moved “south” to start her nursing career in Bismarck, ND.
Sandy worked as a pediatric nurse for seven years, and then spent eight years as a Clinical Nurse/Medication Management Executive with Hospira Worldwide Inc. In 2009 she began her employment with CHI St. Alexius Health and actively promoted health and wellness through community health events, screenings and education. Sandy currently works in infection prevention, but remains passionate about educating people on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to her duties at CHI St. Alexius Health, Sandy is a member of the American Lung Association North Dakota Local Leadership Board, as well the American Heart Association’s Bismarck/Mandan Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Committee. However, her favorite job is being mom to her eight-year-old son Zachary.
Health and Wellness 101: Did you know many leading causes of death are PREVENTABLE? Sometimes health is a choice, and by knowing your numbers you may be motivated to choose wisely. Join Sandy Tschocik, BN, RN at #WHCBismarck on September 19.
The Women's Health Conference features national speakers and few home-grown experts in health, nutrition, and fitness. We want each attendee to leave feeling good about the choices she makes, revive her passion for her own health, and dare to pamper herself - do what she needs for her mind, body and spirit.
Hundreds of women participate in hands-on activities, listen to experts, enjoy the company of others, and laugh. In each keynote and breakout session, women find a message that connects directly to their personal journey. Those messages are often a jumping-off point, an "ah-ha!" moment for further discovery. The conference allows women to take the time to reflect on her life, gather ideas to make improvements and continue in confidence with strategies for healthier living.
We know the path towards health is not a single road, idea, or perspective. Health has a base foundation of the physical, mental and spiritual. Spirit, comes from the Latin word spiritus meaning soul, courage, vigor, breath and while spirituality comes from many perspectives, essentially it's how we imagine we are connected and where meaning is found. Human connection and meaning are just as important to a person's overall well-being as regular exercise and nutrition, and mental health. At the conference, women witness they are not alone in their health journey and by being healthy, strong and light-hearted, their impact on others has many deep and positive repercussions.
At the conference we are reminded that it is a privilege and a responsibility to determine and own our health destiny. We learn to define what health means, how to get there, and to provide ourselves with the permission to take care of ourselves. After the conference, women return to their real life, family and work with armed with new ideas, activities, and reminded of good habits, often making new, positive changes to their health.
Photos of the 2013 Bismarck event are courtesy of Glasser Images
On September 19, 2016 - Women will gather at the Bismarck Event Center to focus on wellness during the Women’s Health Conference. Women who take time for themselves to reinvigorate their health habits experience better long-term wellbeing. The Women’s Health Conference delivers tools and truths to advance wellness and provides opportunities to instill healthy attitudes.
“The conference challenges attendees to new health goals,” says committee chair Mandi Wimer, a specialist training at Great River Energy, “and empowers women with tools and resources to increase their healthy choices and connect opportunities where they can be regularly active.”
Fitness and nutrition experts provide proven information for the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving women’s health to prevent and control chronic disease and attendees learn to make the best informed decisions for their health.
“I left truly inspired, with a new "me" purpose,” wrote an attendee from last year's event, “and it felt wonderfully fulfilling in taking time out for me that day.”
“Women learn from each other, they boost each other’s motivation,” continues Wimer, “We gain inspiration from the expert knowledge from energetic speakers like Zonya Foco, laugh and learn with Amy Dee, and practice good behaviors all day long. We leave with the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes.”
Drum with Your Heart: Feel your power, communicate, and socialize through music with Emily J. Wangen, Music Therapist
Beat a drum! Experience a powerful method of relaxation during an interactive music session. The music will inspire, enrich and engage your soul. Drum with your heart and soul to embrace that you are in charge of your feelings.
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy is an evidence based healthcare profession, which utilizes music to engage, support, improve, and enrich the lives of individuals. Music Therapy is used in hospitals, schools, early intervention programs, wellness, mental health, special populations, rehabilitation, day programs, skilled nursing and memory care.
Music Therapy can be done in a 1:1 setting or in a group setting. Music Therapy involves live music and may involve recorded music in certain situations such as relaxation or lyric analysis. Music Therapists engage the client in musical interventions that allow areas for creative expression, verbal and receptive communication, socialization, motor movement, and sensory processing through instrument playing and musical engagement. Music Therapist's often collaborate with other professionals to facilitate the best care for their clientele.
During the Women’s Health Conference, Emily J. Wangen, MT-BC/L, NMT, NICU-MT, a music therapist in Fargo and Grand Forks, leads a session that allows you to feel your power, engage in communication, and socialize on a musical level with other women through a drumming beat. Previous experience is not necessary to engage in active drumming, a powerful method of relaxation during Emily’s interactive music session. Your music will inspire, enrich and engage your soul.
Drumming for empowerment and enrichment is simply one way that music therapists work in the wellness field. Music therapy can include drum circles, music and imagery, assistive relaxation, and other services to people with Parkinsons, Alzheimers, those with a traumatic brain injury, or issues with mental health or special needs.
Music Therapist's must obtain the MT-BC credential in order to practice in the US; as ND was the first state in the U.S. to obtain a state licensure for music therapy. Music Therapy is reimbursable by some MN waiver programs, as well as some national insurance policies.
Emily is a Board Certified and Licensed Music Therapist and is the owner of Music Therapy in Motion, LLC. Emily grew up in Cayuga, ND and was innately musical as a child. Emily’s passion to help others through music grew deep and was evident at an early age. Emily, a vocalist, also plays guitar, piano, drums, and has learned to play many other instruments as a result of music therapy.
Emily created her business, Music Therapy in Motion in 2005, working independently as a music therapist, pioneering the idea of music therapy throughout the Red River Valley through private practice and contracting health care facilities.
Over the past 10 years, music therapy has grown to be an effective and well understood practice in the area. Music Therapy in Motion, LLC now operates with 6 employees and interns. Emily opened her first music therapy clinic in Grand Forks in July 2015 and just broke ground on a new space in Fargo in April, 2016. Emily and her team are excited to offer music therapy services to individuals with special needs, mental health, addictions, memory care, skilled nursing, hospice, home health, children, and to all who would like to engage in wellness through music making.
Drumming induces relaxation, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress – give drumming a try at the Women’s Health Conference September 19, 2016.
Stress: it can make you look decades older and shorten your life. Interestingly, during times of stress it’s even more important to eat right and exercise, yet this is precisely when we eat and exercise the worst. And while you’ve been told to “take a deep breath” and “think positively,” you still need to get groceries, make dinner, do the laundry, and exercise! Armed with a practical plan, you can most definitely take a deep breath and think positive thoughts! In other words, what you need is Zonya’s frazzle-free secrets to de-stressing and balancing your life!
Don't let the effects of excess stress hormones age you anymore! If you’re too busy, too tired and too stressed, it's time you learned how to become your own "cortisol blocker." It all begins by taking a deep breath as you embrace Zonya's three-point plan for de-stressing and rebalancing your life! From learning the restorative power of saying the word “no” to life-sapping drudgery, to declaring “yes!” to energy-promoting exercise, you’ll learn how to dial down your stress hormones. (Yes, you really can sneak exercise into your daily routine, including stress-relieving stretches you can do at your desk.) Zonya will also present nutrition know-how for the too busy, by providing a clean-eating, energy-promoting menu that anyone can shop for and prepare. Additionally, you'll learn surefire solutions for getting the restorative sleep you need, plus how to use music, laughter, positive thoughts and clear communications to truly de-stress and balance your life!
Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP is one of the most exciting, inspiring, vital and unforgettable speakers in America. Her high energy crossed with low maintenance solutions makes healthy living fun and doable for all. Known as America's Nutrition Leader, Zonya is the host of Zonya's Health Bites, a weekly half-hour show that airs on public television nationwide and is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Lickety-Split Meals and Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals. Additionally, she is the creator of the “no diets, no counting, no kidding” DIET FREE lifestyle program used by individuals and worksite wellness programs across the country, and chosen by Public Television for a two-hour special. Zonya has been a guest presenter for “Oprah & Bob’s Best Life Challenge” and is currently co-partner of EatRealAmerica.com, which features recipes, tutorials and coaching all focused on real food ingredients. Learn more at Zonya.com