Flourish Women’s Expo coming to Harrah’s Cherokee

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     CLYDE – To help Western North Carolina women grow in mind, body and spirit, MedWest Health System is presenting a wide variety of healthcare speakers at its 2ndAnnual Flourish Women’s Expo on Saturday, May 19 at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Events Center.

     And, through the generosity of the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation and the MedWest-Harris & Swain Foundation, a limited number of complimentary tickets for the event are available by visiting the Flourish Women’s Expo section of www.medwesthealth.org.

     The mission of the Flourish Women’s Expo, which drew hundreds of participants last year, is to promote women’s well-being by serving as an ongoing resource for physical, mental and spiritual health. The vision of the event is for women to join a sisterhood, embracing health for themselves and their families across their lifespan.

     “The ultimate purpose of the event is to let women know what’s available here in terms of healthcare and wellness,” said Jan Wilson, co-chairwoman of the event and wife of MedWest radiologist Dr. Al Wilson of Carolina West Radiology.

     The Flourish Women’s Expo will feature the following sessions:
        “Keep Your Breasts Their Best” presented by Martha Anderson, MD.
         “Love the Skin You’re In” presented by Currie Custer, MD.
        “Creativity and Aging” presented by Blythe S. Winchester, MD/MPH.
        “Finding Your Voice: How Creativity Leads to Better Health and Well-being” presented by Carmen Nations, MD.
        “Weight Management: Clearing the Confusion and Finding the Joy” presented by Drew McArthur MS, RD, LDN.
        “Begin Your Journey to Well-being” presented by Lillian Norris, RN, MSN, CPNP.
        “Keeping a Healthy Beat” presented by David W. Peterson, MD and Laura F. Verde, MD.
         “This Ain’t Your Momma’s Sex Talk” presented by Robin Matthews, MD and Heather Edwards, PT and Amy Parrish.
        “Better Communication for Better Health” presented by Glenda Sawyer, LCSW and Scott MacGregor.

     Specifically for teens, the Flourish Women’s Expo also will feature:
         “My Boyfriend’s Back…And I’m Scared: Healthy Dating and Avoiding Dating Violence,” presented by Buffy Queen, a certified Safe Dates teacher and community educator for REACH of Haywood, an area domestic violence/sexual assault/elder abuse prevention and intervention non-profit agency.
         “WYSIWYG, or What You See Is What You Get” presented by personal trainer Brooke Haynes and athletic trainer Angie Arndt.

     A “Meet the Doctors” mini-event at the expo will give participants the opportunity to meet local physicians in a non-clinical environment. About 20 physicians will participate in this one-hour session in the afternoon.

     Flourish Women’s Expo attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in specific medical screenings. Last year, about 400 screenings were performed at the event.

     Country music superstar and American icon Naomi Judd will give the keynote speech. While Judd will not be giving a musical performance, she will draw upon her experiences as a hepatitis C survivor and as a former registered nurse in her talk about the importance of women’s health and wellness.

     Kelly Swanson, a nationally known, award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker and author of Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale? will give a talk, as well.

     The Foundations of MedWest Health System, HRMC, MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Swain are presenting sponsors of the Flourish Women’s Expo. Lead sponsors are Carolina West Radiology and 21st Century Oncology.

     Tickets to the all-day event are $45 and include access to speaking engagements, medical screenings, the “Meet the Doctors” mini-event, lunch with musical entertainment, and a pampering/relaxation area that includes massage therapists, make-up artists and chocolate samplings. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Flourish Women’s Expo section at www.MedWestHealth.com.

– MedWest Health