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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 Geneal.Geneal Roth, Communications Coordinator, North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc
In what ways is your life remarkable?
I have an amazingly loving extended family, a fabulous network of supportive friends, and a job I love. I guess that’s pretty remarkable that one person gets to have all that... all in one lifetime!!!
What quality or trait is most beneficial to you, your family and community’s health?
Keeping a positive attitude in how you approach everything in life is key to a healthy well-being—mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s building relationships, sticking with an exercise routine, or tackling a difficult problem, a positive attitude will allow you to accomplish nearly anything you set your mind to (within reason, of course).
What is one lessons you've learned in how to live?
My number one life lesson that I find myself sharing in many circles is, “there are no do-overs.” Do those things that when you look back on your life, you never have to say, “I should have . . .” whether it relates to your personal or professional life.
How has an illness, chronic disease, weight loss/gain, health of you or that of a family member or friend changed you? Do you look at your life differently ?
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 17. Losing her so young, while tragic, was a life lesson that taught me to be grateful for each day I’m granted on this earth. She battled cancer from the time I was about 14 so I had to step up and take care of many things people that age don’t have to, and while some people may view that as being “robbed” of one’s youth, in retrospect, it was an opportunity to grow and mature as a person. Those early lessons of learning how to take care of tasks out of necessity, how to problem solve, and how to take care of others by putting their needs ahead of your own were more valuable than any class or seminar available anywhere! I label it “Life 101”!
Where do you work?
I work at North Dakota Health Care Review. My work at NDHCRI has evolved over the past 22 years and my current role as communications coordinator has been a work in progress for about the past 12 years. As the needs of our contract work has changed, so have the tasks associated with my position. I have been able to continue to build my skillset to meet the needs of my position and grow as a professional.
What lessons has your work-life taught you?
Treat your customers as you would want them to treat you. (Guess that pretty much boils down to the Golden Rule!) I view everyone with whom I associate professionally as my customer—internal or external.
How did you get involved in the Women’s Health Conference?
I became involved with the Women’s Health Conference because of my current professional position. NDHCRI has been a member of North Dakotans Partnering for Women’s Health since its inception. My one message I’d like all attendees to walk away with: Keep your “whole self” healthy—mind, body, and spirit. If one area is suffering or struggling, it will eventually affect the other areas. You can’t be truly healthy if you don’t maintain all three.
How do you want to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as someone who lived life to its fullest and that I had a positive impact on those whose lives I’ve touched.
At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Karyn.Active & Adventurous Healthy Role Model Karyn
Karyn Hanson is active and adventurous in life, and as a former teacher, she is used to challenges. So when she was given a 15 – 20% chance of survival from third stage ovarian cancer, she accepted the challenge, and took that as a number to beat! After two surgeries, a summer of chemotherapy and the loving care and prayers from friends and family, now… 18 years later, Karyn can say she beat the odds.
She believes you live for the future, not the past. Despite the loss of her son at age 4 and being widowed at the young age of 59, she’s found that keeping adventures on the horizon brings the blessings of life into perspective. Since her husband Phil’s death, she’s traveled to 48 countries, checked many items off her bucket list, and challenged her comfort zone with activities like: outrigger canoeing, horseback riding in the mountains, snorkeling, hot air ballooning over the Nile, zip-lining in Costa Rica and is loving the thrills of new places and new friends.
An avid duplicate and party bridge player, she also enjoys mah jongg, tennis and golf, several times a week in her winter Arizona community. And again as a former literature teacher, she enjoys crossword puzzles, picture puzzles and loves to read.
A tapestry on her bedroom wall reads, “Every day is a gift from God.” Karyn’s church, her college, her faith, and her friends have made her life richly blessed and she celebrates every day.
As an avid golfer she is ready to accept the challenge or adventure on any golf course in this outfit!
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WOMEN HOLD POWER TO CREATE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
8/21 BISMARCK - There is good news amidst national reports of women facing obesity and disease: modifiable lifestyle choices can save women’s’ lives. The by-product of health is increased energy, productivity, stronger immune system and lower stress. Visiting speaker, Polly Pitchford, author, fitness instructor and weight management counselor shares her expertise at the Women’s Health Conference on September 30, 2013 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The conference features practical experiences to help women grow their personal health.
“Awareness, education and skills [are] needed to take charge of their own good health to live fuller, richer, more productive lives,” says Pitchford, “there are three main aspects of how to rediscover your health and live with vitality: exercise, nutrition, and attitude.”
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation state health facts, 55% of female adults are obese in North Dakota. North Dakota Department of Health offers encouragement: the health benefits associated with exercise begins immediately. Regular activity reduces the risk of disease, contributes to healthy bones and reduces symptoms of anxiety. The result is an enhanced quality of life.
“Each one of us harbors more power than we realize to create exactly the kind of healthy lifestyle that supports our goals of reviving energy and vitality,” says Pitchford.
During the Women’s Health Conference Pitchford’s keynote addresses modest nutritional changes, exercises that can revive a mid-day slump, and stress reducers. The address is one of many practical, uplifting experiences to help the women attendees grow their personal health and the health of their families.
The conference features practical motivation to help women grow their personal health. Tickets cost $40 and are available at www.womens-health-conference.com or by contacting Reach Partners 701-271-8170.
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 Brenda.Women's Health Committee, Brenda Bry
If you could leave one message with the WHC attendees, what would it be?
My one message is always, you are stronger than you think you are, and if you quiet your mind, and ask for guidance, the answer will come and you will find comfort from your faith in that which is greater than ourselves. None of us, are ever truly alone, so don’t give up! When you least expect it, God will send an angel to cross your path, some for a moment, and others for a lifetime.
Where do you work? How did you get into your line of work?
The American Cancer Society. I had customer service experience in the retail, airline, hospitality, and health insurance sectors when I decided to go to school at age 42 to practice massage therapy. I traveled to Fargo weekly, for 13 months to attend Sr. Rosalind Gefre’s Schools and Clinics of Massage Therapy. Owning my own business and practicing for six years gave me the flexibility that I desired so that I could attend my youngest sons activities. When he graduated from high school, and left home to attend NDSU, I stepped back into the structured world and helped with a start-up business for at-risk elderly. After two years, when the role of quality of life manager opened up, I felt that my back ground had given me the skill set necessary to increase outreach for those diagnosed with cancer.
How has your health or that of a family member or friend changed you?
I was 25 when I met my father-in-law struggling with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Witnessing his decline for two years was frightening; and at the same time brought keen awareness to the fragileness of life. Then witnessing the decline of my mother-in-law due to Alzheimer’s for eight years, losing the ability to communicate with her seemed even more difficult at times. Then losing my dad suddenly from a massive heart attack when I was 33 with three young sons brought an awareness that your life as you know it can change in the blink of an eye. All of these experiences remind me to be grateful and to live life fully. Do not put your dreams on hold, for only God knows when the last grain of sand will fall from your hourglass.
What quality or trait is most beneficial to you, your family, and community’s health?
Empathetic listening skills with feedback for empowerment has guided me, my family and those I meet in our community. If we listen to others, we can learn a lot. We can learn how others handle their struggles, how others find strength, how others celebrate their lives and who the most important people are in their lives. Only after listening with nonjudgmental attitudes can we offer any feedback to help empower someone to find their own answers in life. Answers to life’s challenges come from within each of us as we hold the key to our own health and happiness.
What are 1-2 lessons you've learned in how to live?
Lessons in humbleness, patience, and being my own best friend have been some of my own challenges. I can be far more critical of myself then I would be on a friend, or for that matter, a stranger. Learning to accept myself, flaws and all, remembering the blessings I bring to those I love, knowing that God does not create anyone without gifts to share with others. Remembering we are all perfectly imperfect.
What lessons has your work-life taught you?
That life can be short and unpredictable. That Illness can give people back to themselves. When a person is faced with a life threatening disease, they remember who and what makes them happy and they reprioritize their lives. It’s a reminder to take care of themselves, to put the themselves first and that God is in control. That the small voice inside that speaks of love is that of God’s strength and it will speak clearer and with more power than the voice of critics, if we stop and listen with intention of hearing him.
In what ways is your life remarkable?
When I reflect on the day at age sixteen when I chose life for my unborn child, and then chose to raise him; I marvel at where I am today. By keeping him, I thought I may be limiting the possibilities of our futures. The blessings that have come into my life since that decision have far exceeded what I could have imagined. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the places I been and the experiences I’ve had are remarkable. Some lessons have been tough, the path bumpy, but I am so grateful for the journey I’ve been on. Through strength, pragmatism, and gratitude, I have a beautiful family of six and look forward to becoming a grandmother soon.
How do you want to be remembered?
As a mom, I hope I will be remembered for always being there for my sons when they needed me and at the same time, counting on me to step back enough so that they could discover their own independence, talents, and strength. “Be safe, and have fun!” were often my words to them as they left the house and into our community. I believe in giving enough guidance for safety but with the freedom to become who they were meant to be ~ then shut your eyes really tight and pray!
I would also like to be remembered as a true friend who inspired others to live their lives fully, to keep their head up during times of struggle, to feel their emotions with respect, and to empower individual growth. I hope those I love know that they are always more important to me than any material possessions that I have acquired. The 2011 Missouri Flood near Bismarck taught me that one!
At the 2013 Fargo event, we had the opportunity to meet women behind inspiring stories of health: mental, physical and emotional. Meet Deb.
Strong and Persistent describes Deb Williams perfectly. Deb is a professional organizer. Once unorganized herself in a previous life, Deb was invited to attend a two day seminar, part of which included some one on one time with a professional organizer. Busy finding things among the piles of papers in her office, she actually told her boss she was TOO busy to attend this seminar. He recommended otherwise! After the seminar and learning how to effectively and efficiently organize life, things improved dramatically for Deb. So, she went pro… and says this is the most amazing job, ever! She gets to help people clear clutter from their lives and empower them to regain control of their physical spaces. This, in turn, leads them to a more peaceful life.
Deb is very much a champion of emotional health. Helping people in the same way she was helped is an amazing way to make a living. Recently widowed, Deb works every day on becoming a stronger woman both physically and emotionally. She’s turned to yoga and per personal trainer to help her through the journey of strengthening herself, and creating a healthy new life after losing her husband.