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 attendee’s #WHCBismarck.
If you missed this fall’s event and would like to attend next year, mark your calendar for the Women’s Health Conference in Fargo this May!
A heartfelt and compelling memoir, SAYING GOODBYE TO THE GIRLS, written by Kim Wagner, proves that in life’s most challenging times, every day is worth celebrating.
Dealing with a stage-3 cancer diagnosis, Kim interweaves her poignant and often humorous breast cancer story with her on-going blog to share an amazing, faith-filled perspective on “life without the girls.”
Cancer. Life changing. Life interrupting. SAYING GOODBYE TO THE GIRLS is a must-read for anyone dealing with cancer as a patient/survivor, a caregiver, or a friend/family member of someone going through cancer treatment. Kim shares her own breast cancer story as well as the powerful messsage about celebrating life and living life with joy, regardless of what life throws one’s way. Guaranteed, you will be lifted and encouraged by Kim’s story, words about living life fully, and her innate sense of humor that will leave you laughing until you cry. Kim’s message is that there is joy in the journey, laughter in tears, and that life is too precious not to celebrate.
Available online at Amazon, locally at Melberg Christian Book & Gift in Moorhead or by contacting the author. A member of the National Speakers Association, Kim has been writing and speaking professionally for over 16 years. She challenges and motivates with unforgettable messages that inspire and change lives.
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Funny and unflinchingly honest, Rochelle shares with you her journey through Seven Years of Lemons. Despite four rounds with cancer and a husband who just recently learned how to load the dishwasher, life is still sweet! Learn how to do more than make lemonade!
Rochelle Williams, a native of Los Angeles, is an Employment Training Coordinator with Experience Works, a national non-profit. Before moving to Bismarck in 2006, Rochelle managed Manchester Escrow Corp., a family-owned escrow open for thirty years. She was also a member of the American Escrow Association, the California Escrow Association, the Southwest Escrow Association and the Board of Directors of the Escrow Agents' Fidelity Corporation. Rochelle studied Public Administration at California State University. An active member of Toastmasters International, Rochelle has served as a club officer at Bismarck Toastmasters, won three Division Speech Contests, was named Toastmaster of the Year in 2010, and most recently served as District Governor for 2013-2014. Whether speaking on real estate, hospitality, coaching or training, Rochelle finds that humor and candor are the best ways to connect with an audience. Rochelle has been married to Dana Orf, a native of Grassy Butte, ND, since 2000.
Kathleen's faith journey has led her from classroom to prison and into the streets of Bismarck. With humor, tenderness, and passion she'll inspire you with her story and encourage you to become a changemaker in your own unique way.
Sister Kathleen Atkinson is a Benedictine Sister from the Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND. Nationally recognized as a leader in hunger and homelessness education, she has developed service learning experiences for all age groups and led service teams to a variety of foreign and United States locations. Kathleen is the founder and director of Ministry on the Margins, working with at risk youth, prison inmates, the homeless, and others who are God's vulnerable among us. She holds an MA in Theology from St John's University, Collegeville, MN and a Doctorate in Ministry from the St Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St Thomas. Kathleen is the author of two books, God is Always There. Psalms for Every Moment and Letting Go and Letting God. 21 Centuries of Faith.
Sister Kathleen Atkinson didn't know what to expect as she walked through eight different gates and into the chapel of the North Dakota State Penitentiary. She believed she would find God with the people who lived behind prison bars; little did she know where God would lead in her life beyond the bars. With humor, tenderness, and passion, Kathleen shares the story of Ministry on the Margins, a volunteer-based ecumenical ministry committed to supporting those who fall through the cracks during times of transition. Ministry on the Margins serves over 200 people each week through their food pantry, coffee house, prison re-entry mentoring, prison bible studies, and a variety of creative responses to the needs of the marginalized. This is her story, but more importantly, it is the story of the strong men and women who live on the margins of society and the invitation to each of us to transform our world.
Duane Ehrens is Chef and Supervisor at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center where he develops recipes, plans menus, and prepares meals for patients, visitors and at special events. A native of Wahpeton, he earned associate degrees in Cook and Chef training and in Business. Previously, he worked preparing food for youth, for the elderly and in food sales.
Karen Ehrens is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, and policy advocate. Karen is a consultant to Healthy North Dakota, where she works to connect people and organizations working to prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease and is the coordinator for the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition. Karen connects food and health with the ND Department of Agriculture’s “Going Local” foods initiative.
Duane and Karen teach cooking classes to help others experience the flavors and health benefits of local veggies and of a prairie-style Mediterranean Diet. They can often be found sniffing and poking produce at local food stores and farmers markets!
What is that “just one thing” that we can do to improve health? For 9 out 10 North Dakotans, that one thing is eating more fruits and vegetables. By doing that one thing, we add nutrients, reduce the risk for leading causes of illness and death like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and help manage body weight. Chef Duane Ehrens and wife Karen Ehrens, a Registered Dietitian, will help you do that one thing with their presentation featuring cooking techniques and meal suggestions, recipes, and shopping tips including finding and using more local foods.
Duane and Karen have been cooking together for 22 years, teaching cooking classes featuring the Mediterranean Diet, working with farmers markets and the BisMan Community Food Coop, gardening for the Hunger Free North Dakota Garden Project, working with schools and bringing people together around food, including their own family, with their daughter Emily.
Learn tools to improve your self-image and grow in self-acceptance. Find out what behaviors or ways of thinking may be hampering your self-image and hindering your relationships. The change you may be looking for may start inside of you!
Julie Mitzel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and the owner of Crosspoint Counseling. Julie has worked in a private practice setting for 12 years with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of mental health and relationship needs. Her other past work includes working as a therapist at an eating disorder treatment center, Remuda Ranch, campus ministry with Cru, and adolescents in residential treatment care. Julie is a married and the proud mother of three children. She is a running enthusiast and lover of the outdoors.
Julie will challenge you to believe in yourself and gain the confidence you need to live a meaningful, influential life. She helps others grow in their own self-image and improve their relationships. Clients learn emotion management tools and appropriate boundaries with self and others.
Julie chose her profession after going through her own recovery. “My struggle with an eating disorder in many ways related to my own struggle with self-acceptance,” says Julie Mitzel, a Licensed Clinical Counselor in Bismarck. She shares,” My own healing was a springboard that helped me have compassion for others and want to arm them with tools and skills to change their situations.”
Julie teaches us that the power of self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, and self-confidence that allows each person to be the person they truly desire. We can discover our natural traits and talents to maximize life potential. She encourages people to stop comparing, straining, or living in regrets and start enjoying the life you have today!
Julie will encourage and motivate you in your self-identity. You will challenge your self-defeating thoughts and develop affirmations and cognitive scripts that help you soar! Learn to accept your emotions, develop self-awareness and direct your energy and relationships into an intentional, purposeful life!