September 8, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. will present the 28th Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference on Saturday, Sept. 20 at John A. Logan College.  The event begins at 7 a.m. with blood and health screenings.  A continental breakfast will be served in the conference center, and nearly 70 exhibitors will be on hand representing local businesses and social service agencies. 

Lisa Mann of Marion, who became the executive director of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc. last December, is organizing her first women’s health conference.

“I am happy to be a part of this wonderful event,” Mann said.  “There’s a very dedicated group of people who work behind the scenes to put this conference together and promote it each year.  Some of the ladies on the planning committee have been involved in all 28 conferences, and they are all committed to making it successful year after year.”

Susan Levy, author and president of the Well-Fed Heart, will give the keynote address “Your Well-Fed Heart Journey: Stories from the Trail” at 12:45 p.m.

“We are pleased to have Susan speaking at the conference,” Mann said.  “Her topic is all about heart-healthy living and eating, which is right in line with our organization’s priorities regarding women’s health.  She is considered an expert in the area of heart health and is a partner with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.  She will also be doing a breakout session that day.”

A variety of sessions on topics of interest to women will be offered, including exercise, organic foods, bullying, sexuality in adolescents, plastic surgery, finances, photography, infertility, health issues, and more.  A grand door prize will be given away at lunch.  Drawings for the many raffle items will be at the end of the conference.

Mann said the winners of the 2014 Rosemary Berkel Crisp Award and the Ann L. Knewitz “Believe and Achieve’ Scholarship will be announced and presented with their awards at the conference. 

Mann said the conference is for women 18 years old and over.

“We typically have 400 to 500 women attend the conference annually, and I would encourage anyone interested to come,” she said.  “Women of all ages will find the information presented useful and interesting.  I think they will learn a lot and have a good time.”

Pre-registration is required to attend the conference and the registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 12.  The cost is $45 and includes breakfast and lunch. 

For more information or to register, contact Mann at 618-985-9210, or visit the Web site at www.w4hw.org/.  The conference is being sponsored in part by Heartland Regional Medical Center, John A. Logan College, Pepsi MidAmerica, Southern Illinois Healthcare, and WSIL-TV.