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Women On Wellness Retreat Set For Saturday

By Staff | Oct 13, 2010

On Saturday a Women on Wellness (WOW) retreat for the women of Wetzel County and the surrounding area will be held at West Virginia Northern Community College.

This program is being funded in part by a donation made by Dr. Mary “Wynn” Hill in memory of Virginia Stewart from Hundred. Dr. Hill gave the donation to honor Virginia Stewart’s generosity and positive influence on her and others. According to Dr. Hill, although Stewart suffered from diabetes and heart failure, she was always kind, thoughtful, and cheerful. She was known for her sense of humor. She died in 2007 from congestive heart failure.

The keynote speaker, Shawn Tipton, NP, Wetzel County Hospital, will discuss women’s heart health.

WOW retreats are a partnership between the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the community.

It is a day for and about women. Women generally take care of everyone else first and neglect themselves. WOW is an opportunity to do just the opposite. WOW provides a holistic, pro-health message of personal empowerment. During the day, women will try different movement activities, learn about issues regarding their health and well being, and receive health care screenings and holistic services, such as massage.

WOW retreats link women to local resources. Several sessions are being led by Wetzel County Hospital providers, including sessions on breast health and mammography and long term care considerations for families and patients.

For more information and to register, go online to www.wowicandoit.com, e-mail krobinson@hsc.wvu. edu or call 304-293-0946.

“We are delighted to be offering this day for women in the New Martinsville area,” said Betty Critch, executive director. “Not only will women have the refreshing experience of balancing mind, body, and soul, but also the information they receive will help them lead their families to a healthy lifestyle.”

“WOW retreats don’t promote specific brands of diet or exercise but promote principles that help guide women to make healthful choices,” Critch said.

Among the features at WOW retreats: opportunities to try different ways to become more active; healthy and energizing lunch and snacks; informational and educational health sessions addressing holistic, preventive, and chronic care issues; health screenings; and connections to local resources.

Hundreds of women throughout West Virginia have participated in WOW retreats, which have been held in Marion, Mercer, Hampshire, and other counties.

“A $50 cost includes program materials, lunch, and snack breaks. Scholarships are available. No woman will be turned away due to lack of funds, but spaces are limited,” Critch said. Also, registration is free to military personnel and military wives.

The following are some of the local resources who will be participating: Wetzel County Hospital; Sistersville Hospital; West Virginia Northern Community College; Baristas Cafe; Brenda Lancaster, local massage therapist; Kristi Thompson, nutritionist; WesBanco; Linda Jenson, yoga provider; the Family Resource Network; and others.

The WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is one of 20 nationally designated academic institutions in the country. This designation is awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Women’s Health.

For information on the Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health see www.wvhealthywomen.org.