The Women’s Health Conference is so close we can barely contain our excitement.
A full day devoted to our well-being? Check.
A day filled with great speakers like Glennon Doyle and Angela Gaffney? Check.
We hope you, too, are counting down the days.
For those of you turning the one-day event into an overnight (or longer) stay, we encourage you to explore the Bismarck region. Whether you’re looking for an interesting eating establishment or a place to stretch your legs, here are a few places you may want to check out.
Bismarck has many well-known national chains. But if you’re looking for more regional or local fare, stop by one of these establishments:
Lucky’s 13 Pub More of a regional chain, this pub serves up sandwiches, burgers and favorites like walleye egg rolls and spiced-up mac and cheese. Gluten-free bread is available. Daily specials.
Blarney Stone Pub An Irish pup atmosphere with more than 35 draft beers available. If you’re craving corned beef and creamed cabbage, shepherd's pie or bangers and mash, this is the place for you.
The Starving Rooster Try their pizza or pasta made in a brick oven.
The Walrus A bustling neighborhood eatery that features creative salads, sandwiches and pastas. It also boasts an extensive wine and beer list.
Looking for something else? Here’s a list of suggestions from Trip Advisor
Whether you’re interested in enjoying the outdoors or delving into some regional culture, there are numerous ways for you to find a mini adventure.
Lewis and Clark Riverboat Cruise Explore the Missouri River through a one-hour cruise (starts at 3 p.m.) or a pizza dinner cruise (at 6 p.m.). Reservations can be made ahead of time.
North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum Meet Dakota, a rare mummified duck-billed dinosaur Edmontosaurus. Learn about the state’s earliest people and modern visionaries. Located on the North Dakota Capitol grounds. Admission is free.
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch The Travel Channel named this super popular local attraction one of the top 10 pumpkin patches in the country, and it happens to open on September 10!
Trail Systems If geocaching, walking, disc golf, classic golf or parks are more your thing, enjoy the recreational opportunities in Bismarck and next door Mandan.
Kayak Rentals Take a short – or day-long – trip on the Missouri River by kayak. No experience necessary … just a sense of curiosity and adventure.
Looking for additional activities? Here are some suggestions from the Bismarck-Mandan Visitors’ Bureau.
If you haven't registered yet, click the link below. We look forward to seeing you soon!
It’s likely that someone you know will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Learn the signs and symptoms to watch for and what you can do to reduce your risk.
This year there will be an estimated 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed among U.S. women. Chances are you or someone you know will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Dr. Jill Klemin, a family physician at Sanford Health in Bismarck, will help you understand the different types of breast cancer, risk factors, and ways to prevent and screen for it.
Jill runs Sanford’s high-risk breast clinic at Sanford. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, and earned her medical degree from the University North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. She has completed additional training in breast health while employed at Sanford Health.
Dr. Jill Klemin's presentation will include statistics on breast cancer and recommendations for reducing risk. She will provide the latest information on breast imaging, such as mammogram, 3D mammogram, MRI, and ultrasound, and the best way to perform a self-breast exam. She will also share information on the signs and symptoms that may signal breast cancer.
She will empower women to be proactive about their breast health.
When women are given the right information about menstrual issues, menopause, pain, incontinence and sex, Dr. Bradley finds women can significantly improve their quality of life and become their best selves.
Dr. Shannon Bradley has spent 20 years practicing general OB-GYN, including office examinations, surgery, and delivering babies. Recently, she has focused her practice on providing women alternatives for treating various women’s health concerns. When women are given the right information in a comfortable environment, Dr. Bradley finds that women can significantly improve their quality of life.
Sometimes education is the best medicine. It may seem daunting, but taking the time to understand what medical options are available to you in the healthcare setting can be life-altering: It could mean the difference between an existence of wellness and joy, or one of discomfort and disorder. Realizing for yourself which medical symptoms are manageable and which are not is a key step in the journey toward becoming your healthier, better self.
Do you occasionally leak urine when you jump, run or sneeze? Ok, maybe more than occasionally? If you leak once or twice a year … no biggie. It’s annoying – but tolerable – and not something you need to spend a lot of energy to fix. But. If you leak to the point where you wear a pad, avoid activities and feel generally anxious about wetness … do something about it! Pelvic health specialists are available to evaluate you and provide options like physical therapy, pelvic floor rehabilitation or minor surgery. Knowing what your alternatives are empowers you to make your own choices. And, naturally, you can’t know what your preferences are until you learn your options.
Heavy, painful and unpredictable periods? Many women let their monthly period dictate their lives. If you are planning your day – or vacation, outings, overall schedule – around your period, you are one of them. Know that you don’t have to do this. There are multiple, conservative surgical options available to you. Take the initiative to visit your women’s healthcare provider and learn more. You may not find a choice that motivates you to make a change, but you won’t know until you have this discussion.
Not satisfied with the look or function of your nether regions? Gynecologic aesthetics is an emerging field of cosmetic surgery that can change the look of the labia, or function of the vagina, with in-office procedures that don’t require general anesthesia or an operating room. Don’t be shy about exploring options for labial reduction or vaginal tightening. It’s a common curiosity, believe it or not. And remember this: There is no “normal” size or shape of the vulva or vagina. It’s not about achieving some sort of ideal, but rather about building an informed decision to make – or not make – a change.
Unhappy with your sex life? Unfortunately, this is a common problem. On the bright side, there are solutions. There is a plethora of options to improve the female sex drive, enhance sexual pleasure and treat vaginal dryness and pain. Women’s health providers are open and eager to hear about your concerns and provide you solutions for improving sexual function. So find them. Ask them. And then decide for yourself what is right for you.
You have a very personal, internal measure of what affects your quality of life in a positive or negative way. Only you can decide what matters enough to seek options for change. The first step is simply educating yourself. Cast aside your fears and reticence and have those discussions with your women’s health provider to educate and empower yourself. Only then will you be equipped with the right information to make healthy decisions and to take the steps to become your best self.
Dr. Bradley's presentation on September 11 will provide information about the therapies that can improve a woman’s quality of life to treat menopause, sexual dysfunction, menstrual pain, and incontinence.
First, your shoulders start to tighten. Then, your back gets a bit stiff.
You shift your weight from left side to right side and lean back in your chair to stretch.
But there’s a deadline to be met, a meme to be read, an email to be sent. Back to the computer screen you go. After all, you’re busy. You’re tired.
And you haven’t taken a step.
The human body has approximately 640 muscles and 206 bones. Thanks to these body parts, we can wiggle, lift, turn, dance, walk, swim, swing, run, reach, and more. In short, our bodies are made to move!
We know enough to fill guilty about sitting in front of a TV for hours on end. Yet, the everyday conveniences of our modern lifestyle make it too easy to sit for longer periods than we think. Need groceries? Order them online. Need a new pair of shoes? Zappos(.com) to the rescue. Need to vacuum? Use a Roomba. Hungry? Take-out and delivery, please.
Before we know it, a day is gone and our fingers are the only parts of our body that have done the walking.
Unfortunately, prolonged sitting has been linked to high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and obesity. People with the most sedentary time are more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease than those with the least. Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk for colon, breast and endometrial cancers. Slumping in a chair can lead to mushy abs, tight back muscles, and decreased hip mobility.
Even brain function and moods can be negatively affected by sitting.
So, that’s the bad news.
The good news is we can choose to move. At the Women’s Health Conference, we have a tradition of inspiring our attendees to improve the quality of their lives. For many, that means finding more ways to move.
It might seem counter-intuitive to talk about movement at a day-long conference – with chairs. But if you’re coming, don’t expect to be stuck to your table. In the past, fitness leaders have had attendees doing squats, improving balance, and stretching – all without leaving the conference floor.
This year we’re excited to welcome Emily Vasey, a personal trainer who will teach us all how to incorporate simple, but effective exercise between the deadlines, the online shopping and the take-out. She is passionate about showing people that it is possible (and easy) to fit more activity into a daily routine.
Let’s get moving together!
LIMITED tickets are available for women to meet Glennon Doyle during the Women's Health Conference!
Everyone registered for the Women's Health Conference by Midnight Aug. 21 will receive a special email and the link to register for a FREE meet-and-greet ticket.
Those registered should check their email on Friday, August 25 to be the first in line. Tickets open at 9:00 AM, Aug 25, on a first-come-first-served basis, and are limited to one-per person until they are gone!
Women’s Health Conference educates, inspires, and empowers women to live healthy lives in mind, body, and spirit. Glennon will address why it’s important for women to accept and love themselves first. Through her experiences she shares how vulnerability and honesty are key qualities to living our lives more fully, more authentically.
If you’ve felt lonely, angry, resentment, unbearable grief, broken, scared, ashamed and hidden these feelings from yourself and others with an escape, an addiction, or have ever lied and said, “I’m fine,” when it clearly isn’t, you are not alone.