Attendees of the Women’s Health Conference may experience drumming for emotional wellbeing, the connection of mindfulness and the role of kindness on health, a story of personal faith and a demonstration of healthy cooking using local ingredients. On Monday, May 23, eight speakers share their expertise to motivate and coach women towards better health.
Music Therapist, Emily J. Wangen, of Grand Forks, teaches communication, socialization and empowerment through the connective power of group drumming during her breakout session at the Women’s Health Conference.
Emily explains, “Music therapy can include drum circles, music and imagery, assistive relaxation to help people with Parkinsons, Alzheimers, those with a traumatic brain injury, or issues with mental health or special needs.”
“The conference challenges attendees to new health goals,” said committee chair Mary Ann Foss and retired director of Women’s Way of North Dakota, “we strive to provide a variety of speakers with tools and resources for women to connect opportunities for wellbeing.”
It’s well documented that stress can have long-term negative consequences on health. Chery Hysjulien, PsyD describes how mindfulness and learning to live more mindfully can counter those negative effects.
Kelly Meyer leads attendees in an exploration of the many benefits of kindness: the healthy physical and mental benefits and how kindness builds relationships. Women discover and experience a deeper meaning of kindness, where it actually begins and how one develops an authentic expression.
Local recipe developer and writer, Sarah Nasello prepares a few favorite recipes using North Dakota ingredients, grown by ND female farmers and CommonGround volunteers. Attendees will take home healthy recipes and a delicious taste of North Dakota.
Judy Siegle, author, two-time Paralympian, and professional speaker, shares her inspiring message of faith and describes the power, purpose and joy her faith provides in everyday living.
“Women learn from each other, we boost each other’s motivation,” continues Foss, “We gain inspiration from the expert knowledge of energetic speakers and we leave with the motivation to make healthy lifestyle changes. Women who take time for themselves to recharge and reinvigorate their health habits experience better long-term wellbeing.”
In addition to the breakout speakers, three keynote speakers energize the mainstage including registered dietitian, author and TV host Zonya Foco, Amy Dee, author, musician, and retired Psychiatric RN, and Melanie Carvell director of the Sanford Women’s Health Center in Bismarck, six-time All American triathlete and physical therapist.
Women are invited to focus on their wellness during the Women’s Health Conference on May 23. To register and learn more about the fitness and nutrition workshops on Sunday click the Home page or contact Reach Partners 701-271-8170. Conference tickets are $45; Workshop registration is limited.