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Women's Health Awareness seminar planned for Feb. 7

By Brenda Sexton, The Courier-Herald

The Plateau's Diane Harston, Holly Dickson and Kalleen Halvorsen are inviting women to spend the morning learning how to maintain or improve their health with a free Women's Health Awareness seminar Feb. 7.

"I'm really excited about this conference," said Dickson, a doctor at the Enumclaw Medical Center who not only organized the conference, but will be speaking as well. "This is going to be really great."

Organizers anticipate such a good turnout, they've secured space at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45415 Semanski St., Enumclaw, for the event.

And it's all free, Dickson emphasized.

"Enumclaw has never seen anything like this," she said. "It's a conference with women talking about women."

Spurred on by the questions her patients ask every day, Dickson decided to create and organize a conference to help all women.

"I get people that come in all the time that say, 'I'm so sad. What's wrong with me?'" Dickson said. So one of the topics on the agenda is "Dealing with Depression" led by physicians assistant Susan Jouflas.

Other course topics include "Childbirth," "Overall Health," "Exercise/Physical Therapy," "End of Life Issues," "Healthy Pregnancies," "Meno-pause/Hormone Replacement Therapy," "Nutrition/Women's Health," "Cancer Awareness," "Introduction to 5K Run" and "Healthy Moms."

"Introduction to 5K Run," will be presented by Lori Stafford and Cori Thompson. The 5K run class is designed for all women, especially beginners, who have always had the desire to participate in a "marathon" type event, but didn't know how or where to begin. An actual 5K run is planned for June in Enumclaw to give course participants an opportunity to meet their goal.

Presenters are Plateau area professional women. The list include midwives Mif Decker, Toni Erickson and Ann Olsen, doctors Lainie Crawford, Mary Ballard, Emi Hosoda and Dickson, Enumclaw Community Hospital registered nurse Shelly Pricco, physical therapist Mary Holland, Wellness Center owner Anne Casey and more.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Four sessions will be offered during the event, each session lasting 45 minutes. During the first three sessions, women will have the opportunity to choose from four classes. The fourth session will be a question and answer period with a panel made up of the speakers.

There is no preregistration.

The event is sponsored by the Maple Valley Washington Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For more information about the seminar, call Harston, 360-825-3196, Dickson, 360-825-6511, or Halvorsen, 360-897-6697.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at bsexton@courierherald.com

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