19th annual Women’s Health Conference set for March at Hazelden

Women, it’s been a long winter, so treat yourself to a chance to relax and find yourself again at the 19th annual Women’s Health Conference on Thursdays, March 14 and 21, at the Hazelden Cork Center, 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd., in Center City.

Hazelden, Fairview Lakes Medical Center, St. Croix Regional Medical Center and the Chisago and Polk County public health departments will again co-sponsor this year’s conference, which begins at 5:30 each evening. New this year is a live cooking demonstration on March 21 by Lisa Erickson, cooking host on Minnesota Bound.

Circle the dates on your calendars now, and don’t miss this opportunity to “Take Charge of Your Health.” Whether you attend one or both nights, conference planners promise you will be informed, entertained and energized.

Come early for health screenings, refreshments and mini massages. Pre-registration is not required. Refer questions to 651-257-8806.

Thursday, March 14

5:30-7 p.m. Free Health Fair

Theme: “Be Your Best Self”

Health screenings will include:

• Blood pressure checks

• Blood glucose/Diabetes educator

• Body Mass Index (BMI)

• Colorectal cancer screening kit

• Vision screening by Total Eye Care

• Hearing screening and video otoscope

• What’s your heart age?

• Wii fitness fun/Parmly LifePointes

Informational booths and demonstrations include:

The Heart Zone, Hands-Only CPR – Lakes EMS

Taste of Hazelden

Healthy nutrition – Polk County

Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice

Healthy Sleep – Fairview Sleep Centers

Public Health Services – Chisago County

Healing Touch – Andrea Dronen, RN

Fitness and wellness focus: Curves and Snap Fitness.

Happy Feet – Podiatrists Danielle Redburn and Rebecca St. Louis

Incontinence – Dr. Heidi Chatham, SCRMC

U of M Extension Healthy Foods

Living Fit – SCRMC Sports Medicine

Women’s Health – Fairview Lakes Medical Center

Hazelden books

7-8 p.m. Featured Speaker: Gaye Lindfors

“Living Your Real Life in a Fiction-Focused World”

With authenticity, passion and humor, Gaye helps women reconnect to what matters most…living life with purpose. As an observer of life in the real world, Gaye promises to leave you inspired, encouraged and hopeful. Gaye is the author of God, Girlfriends, & Chocolate and is a contributing author to Don’t Miss Your Boat: Living Your Life with Purpose in the Real World.

Thursday, March 21

5:30-6:30 p.m. Free Health Fair

Theme: “Eat Well, Age Well”

• Health screenings will include:

• Blood pressure checks

• Body mass index (BMI)

• Blood glucose with a diabetes educator

• What is Your Heart Age? – Fairview

• A Good Night’s Sleep – St. Croix Regional Sleep Center

Informational Displays and Demonstrations:

The Makers Healthy Market

U of M Extension – Healthy foods

The Heart Zone – Hands-only CPR – Lakes EMS

Yoga demonstration by Julie Karsky

Incontinence: Fairview Lakes Physical Therapy

Podiatry, St. Croix Orthopaedics

Healthy Lifestyles: Fairview Clinics, Rachel Baar, RD

Hazelden books

Healing Touch – Andrea Dronen, RN

Public Health Services – Chisago County

Stress and Living – Dr. Erika Wight

U of M Extension, healthy foods

Financial resources

Women’s Heart and Health Tips – SCRMC

6:30-7:30 p.m. “Women and Heart Disease – An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

Speaker: Courtney Baechler, MD, MSCE, director of cardiovascular services, United Health

It’s easier to maintain a healthy heart than to heal a broken one. Dr. Baechler will offer pointers on how you can keep your heart healthy and enjoy life more. A cardiologist with a special interest in preventive cardiology, Dr. Baechler leads initiatives to promote the health of the community and to advance the role of integrative health in supporting health and healing. Integrative health involves mind, body and spirit.

7:45-8:45 p.m.

“Cooking with Lisa: Eat Your Way to a Healthy Heart”

Speaker: Lisa Marie Erickson, cooking host on “Minnesota Bound”

You’ve seen Lisa cooking fish and game with Ron Schara on Minnesota Bound. But there’s more to Lisa than cooking wild game. Lisa makes it simple and fun to eat your way to healthier heart. She’ll show you how to make quick and easy recipes to help your heart thrive. Read more about Lisa on her blog, WildChow.

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