By Rachel Dove
GILBERT - An upcoming event scheduled for July 19 in the town of Gilbert centers on the importance of women’s health and the crucial role they play in their family’s well-being.
The Women on Wellness organization is an interactive, one-day behavioral change retreat designed to help women make lasting, positive lifestyle changes. With a focus on prevention, the retreat serves to link each participant to resources in her community that can support her personal wellness journey.
WOW stresses that no two women start at the same place and it also teaches each retreat participant how to develop and prioritize a set of goals and strategies. Each woman will leave the retreat with her own personal lifestyle plan.
The Center of Excellence in Women’s Health works with the group to encourage communities to develop partnerships to reach women of all social, economic and ethnic groups, as well as other resources to encourage healthier lifestyles. During the events, each participant is provided educational sessions led by experts that are designed to provide women with the skills needed to become informed consumers and advocates for themselves and their families.
A variety of health screenings is available to help women find out about their current health status. Opportunities to try different movement activities and exercises in a safe, fun and non-judgmental atmosphere will also be introduced. Connections are established to link the women to valuable resources in their community, a guidebook is distributed to those participating written specifically for the WOW retreats, along with a journal for the women to use to support their ongoing efforts after the event is over.
WOW cares about the well-being of women, and it is the organization’s hope that, in addition to leaving the retreat with a personalized plan and a wealth of information, and the resources to reach their goals, each participant will take away a renewed commitment and the motivation to continue the process she has started. Likewise, she will have an understanding that her health-care provider is her partner in her lifestyle journey.
It is also the the hope of the WOW organizers that the hope and knowledge gained will be brought back into the community, providing the foundation for a grassroots effort that can have a powerful impact, not only on retreat participants, but those they care about, as well.
The mission statement for the WOW organization is a quote by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that reads as follows:
“When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately; families are healthier, they are better fed, and their income, savings and investments go up. What is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole countries.”
WOW will hold its Gilbert retreat at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center on July 19, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All women are invited and are encouraged to bring other females along. The event will include health screenings, nutritional counseling, fitness workshops, educational opportunities and holistic offerings.
For more information, you may visit the website www.wowicandoit.com or call 304-292-5690.
This event is sponsored by West Virginia University, the Larry Joe Harless Center, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the Lincoln Primary Care Center.