It was a great day at the Women’s Health Conference in Bismarck, and our attendees have left with the knowledge and tools to improve their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
To give you a feel for the day, here are a few of the highlights from our attendees at #WHCBismarck.
WHCBismarck is host to powerful women who have made an indelible impact on the world and those around them. Anne’s compelling personal story and work with Back on My Feet is a powerful and inspirational example of how change happens. Kat is positively Fearless in the pursuit of her dreams, and in making a positive impact on the world. Melanie is a local champion for physical activity and healthy bodies at every level of fitness.
Kat Perkins: "Open Arms" (The Voice Highlight)
We will hear about the struggles Kat as faced and all the triumphs she gained along her journey in the music industry, and how she perseveres as she pursues her dreams.
Growing up, Anne relied on her love of running to get her through difficult times. Now, she's sharing the life-lessons she learned from running to help homeless people get back on their feet. Watch Anne's story & meet a Back On My Feet success story.
We are looking forward to a health-inspired day to connect mind, body and spirit to the healthy choices we get to make every day. It's going to be a day packed with knowledgeable speakers, fab exhibitors, great attendees, music and an energetic Kat Perkins.
What should I wear?
During breaks you have the opportunity to visit the exhibitors, take part in health screenings, and get some exercise. You may want to take part in the activity sessions, or enjoy a walk so comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Wear your FitBit, pedometer or other activity-tracking device as there is time for walking. Room temperatures always vary, so consider the advice of your mother and bring a light sweater or jacket.
Are there additional registrations for sale? Sorry, but the event is completely sold out. Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event? No. All registrations produce a name badge at registration onsite. Is my registration transferable? Yes, registrations may be transferred to another user. To update your registration information call Reach Partners, Inc 701-271-8170. What’s the refund policy? Sorry, no refunds.
What will be served?
Breakfast will be waiting for you at your seat and includes a serving of vanilla Greek yogurt served with fruit, a touch of honey and a Kasha Bar. Lunch is barbeque chicken with roasted baby red potatoes, vegetables, a house salad, dinner roll and a taste of dark chocolate. Enjoy an afternoon snack of veggies, hummus and tortilla pinwheels. A vegan, gluten-free meal will be served to those who previously requested.
What can I buy?
On sale at the Women’s Health Conference: Running with the Antelope by Melanie Carvell, merchandise from Kat Perkins and items from exhibitors that include home décor, and health products.
Click here to check out the schedule and Partners. Can't wait to see you on Monday!
Thanks to UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences for their generous support of the Women’s Health Conference! This event could not take place without the generous support of our financial Partners.
The primary purpose of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is to educate physicians and other health professionals and to enhance the quality of life in North Dakota. Other purposes include the discovery of knowledge that benefits the people of this state and enhances the quality of their lives.
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine was founded in 1905 as a two-year school of basic science located in Science Hall. Its expansion to an M.D. degree-granting program was approved in 1973, and its first class graduated in 1976. The first two years of medical education are provided in Grand Forks, while the third and fourth years are provided in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot, and other communities around the state.
The School's name was changed in 1996 to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences to reflect the diversity of educational and research activities that occur at the School.
We are so thankful to our partners. Without UND we would not be able to provide you with an engaging experience to connect mind, body and spirit. That help is what makes the Women’s’ Health Conference event special. Through its sponsorship and encouragement of basic and applied research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, UND contributes to the public well-being.
Breakout Panel of ND Farmers Talk Food Choices: GMOs, Non-GMOs, Gluten-Free or Natural? Clarity in Your Food Choices
GMO’s? Non-GMO? Organic or Natural? Gluten-Free? All are terms you might hear in the news but farmers are making choices to grow food on their farms that impact their families and livelihoods. Each farmer brings a different perspective about the food they raise to the Women’s Health Conference panel and all are CommonGround North Dakota volunteers, an effort of farm women working together to bring clarity to discussions about food and farming.
90% of North Dakota’s land is in farms and ranchland and North Dakota leads the nation in the production of ten different crops on your grocery store shelves from honey to pinto beans to durum in pasta. Growing food for not just for us but a booming global population on North Dakota’s farm and ranchland are 30,000 North Dakota families.
You might not know a North Dakota farmer or have the chance often to ask them questions you think of in your daily life. On September 29, 2014 at the Women’s Health Conference in Bismarck, you will have the chance to hear from five North Dakota farmers and ranchers and ask them questions you have, from them on buzz words you see on a news headline and to food issues you have read about but never asked a farmer their insight.
Sarah Wilson lives on a family farm near Jamestown, North Dakota with her husband Jeremy and their three children where they raise corn, soybeans, edible beans and wheat. Sarah also home schools her children and frequently speaks on motherhood, faith and agriculture.
Annie Carlson operates a natural, grass-based farm. You will often see Annie selling her meats and baked goods at a local Bismarck farmers market or this fall at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. A former high school science teacher, Annie farms with her husband and raises their three young children in central North Dakota.
Vanessa Kummer, her husband, Paul, and son and daughter-in-law, Blaine and Megan, raise soybeans, corn, wheat and sugar beets on their family farm near Colfax. Vanessa’s leadership led her to be a United Soybean Board (USB) director for nine years and most recently served as the USB chairperson.
Pamela Henningsen works full-time as a Multi-Media Specialist in Ellendale. Together she and her husband Harvey created their own 275 head beef operation on 1700 acres that they own & rent. The couple raises primarily cow/calf pairs which they background to 500 lbs and market. With the help of her three children, Pamela and Harvey now have their farm and ranch poised to support their family well into the future. The farm and ranch is positioned well if any of the children would want to join the operation in the future, an option which neither Pamela nor Harvey had available to them.
Michele Bartholomay farms and ranches with her husband along the Sheyenne River near Sheldon North Dakota. They are raising four children, plus dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, ducks and beef cattle. In addition, they also grow oats, wheat, alfalfa, hay, millet, corn, soybeans and a large garden.
Each CommonGround North Dakota farmer volunteer will be ready to listen and connect with you on your questions about North Dakota farming and ranching on September 29 in Bismarck. They will share from their personal experiences on the choices they make for their farms and ranches and families.
Thanks to Walmart for the generous support of the Women's Health Conference. Without Partners like Walmart we would not be able to provide you with an engaging experience to connect mind, body and spirit. That help is what makes the Women’s’ Health Conference event a great health activity.
During the Women's Health Conference visit the Walmart booth for vision screenings and to learn more about eye health.
How often do you take the time to sit down and problem solve how to cope with stressful situations? If you're like most busy women, not too often (if at all)! Coping with Stress: Crowning Your Health is designed to do just that. Utilizing an evidence-based approach to identify stressors, personal signs & symptoms of stress, practice coping techniques, and plan ways to prevent stress's harmful effects, Aly walks participants through the creation of their personalized plan that can be put into action immediately. The result is the ability to foster an improved quality of life through effectively and positively coping with stress.
Graduating with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 2007, Aly has worked in the areas of mental health and addictions. It is from those experiences of helping people regain their lives that she developed the four step program “Coping with Stress: Crowning Your Health.” Speaking to crowds ranging from hundreds of students to small community service groups, Aly empowers individuals to invest in positive coping skills and stress prevention techniques for an improved quality of life.
In her current roles at St. Alexius Medical Center and the University of Mary as Adjunct Professor, her passion for education has flourished to the point of pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research.
Aly is proud to be a fifth generation North Dakota farm girl who currently lives in Bismarck with her husband Kyle. She is also honored to serve in the role as Mrs. North Dakota America 2013.
Join #WHCBismarck in celebrating International Women’s Friendship Month by telling your friends how much they mean to you! Enter your best friendship photo and caption that answers the question, “How does friendship build your confidence?” into the @Confidence Coalition’s IWFM photo contest. You and a friend could win a girls’ getaway and have lunch with Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose family inspired the movie “The Blind Side.” http://bit.ly/iwfm13
More than ever we are poised to expose and promote the confidence in women and girls in our lives. So many websites, organizations, women’s advocates, companies and our best friends are battling the messages that propagate the negative self-talk, self-consciousness and poor self-esteem experienced by women of all ages.
We all know that friendship can make us happier, but we also know that friendship can make us healthier. Study after study shows that social ties reduce our risk of disease by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol. The effects of women bonding socially, releases a chemical that counters stress and has a calming effect. The Nurses’ Health Study from Harvard Medical School concludes that not having close friends or confidants is as detrimental to health as smoking or carrying extra weight.
Researcher and author Ruthellen Josselson, PhD wrote, “women are such a source of strength to each other. We nurture one another. And we need to have unpressured space in which we can do the special kind of talk that women do when they're with other women. It's a very healing experience.”
Celebrate International Women’s Friendship Month (IWFM) this September by telling your friends how much they mean to you!
Women’s Way is a generous partner in the Women’s Health Conference to bring expert and dynamic speakers to the event.
Women's Way provides a way to pay for most breast and cervical cancer screenings for eligible North Dakota women. Screening is important for you and your family.
Women’s Way is the North Dakota Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. The purpose of the program is to provide a ‘good health opportunity’ for eligible North Dakota women to obtain mammograms, Pap tests and other breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services according to recommended breast and cervical cancer screening guidelines.
We are so thankful to our partners. Without them we would not be able to provide you with an engaging experience to connect mind, body and spirit. That help is what makes the Women’s’ Health Conference event special.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to registrations to the Women’s Health Conference on Monday September 29 in Bismarck.
We’ve opened the registration to accommodate 570 women who want to learn behaviors to build resilience, share information on healthy choices and get inspired by our speakers and singer Kat Perkins. It’s going to be an energetic day.
Please register now if you would like to attend. We will be sold out soon. Once we reach capacity we will have to close registrations.
To accommodate all you wonderful ladies, we’ve modified the agenda. Between sessions you’ll get to participate in movement lead by Melanie Carvell, take part in health screenings in the exhibitor showcase and sit with someone you don’t know and share your triumphs and struggles of your health journey.
We look forward to an exciting event!