Four prominent local organizations will sponsor a day of health for women next Saturday on the campus of Buena Vista University, and organizers of the symposium hope the event will help provide helpful information for women to use in their daily lives.
The inaugural Day of Health and Wellness for Women will take place on Sat., Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Siebens Forum on the BVU campus, and all members of the public are invited to attend.
Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. for the seminar, which will cost $10. The fee includes admission to all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch.
The program is co-sponsored by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Buena Vista University, Iowa State University Extension and the Storm Lake Comm"UNITY" Education program, and Ann Mackrill-Wilson, the marketing director at BVRMC, said the number of organizations who are helping to run the forum should help make the event very successful.
"When you see all of the different groups that are sponsoring it, you notice that all those entities are involved in lifelong learning for area residents," Mackrill-Wilson said. "I think it's a very positive thing to see all of these groups coming together for this event."
The symposium was the brainchild of Kim Weiland, the director of the BVRMC Women's Center, and Tami Laursen, the director of health services at Buena Vista University, who were each looking to put together similar women's health programs for the individual Storm Lake and BVU communities.
Weiland approached Laursen with the idea of combining the two seminars into one event for all of the people in Storm Lake, and the Day of Health and Wellness for Women became a reality.
"We saw that there was a need for something like this not only for the community of Storm Lake but for Buena Vista students as well," Laursen said. "When Kim came to me we both thought that this would be a great idea, because it's going to help everyone in our town."
"We think it will be an interesting crowd at this event," Mackrill-Wilson said. "For one, this will be the first time that we've offered something like this. This will also have a good mix of community people and Buena Vista students, who can attend it as an ACES program. We think it's going to be a good blend of people coming to this."
The keynote speaker for the event will be Terri Hoyland, Ph.D., who will be speaking in Forum Room 2 at 10:30 a.m.
A co-founder of InnerSources, Inc., a Cedar Rapids-based company who creates motivational and inspirational products, Hoyland is also the author of six books, including "Celebrations of the Heart" and the "I have CANcer Workbook," and has become a noted national speaker on issues pertaining to women's health.
Hoyland had originally been booked by the college to appear at an individual event for BVU students, but after the Day of Health and Wellness for Women was organized, leaders decided to make her the keynote speaker for the community event instead.
Laursen said that she has heard nothing but favorable comments about Hoyland's speaking abilities, and thinks Hoyland will be able to make a positive impact on the audience next Saturday.
"I haven't personally heard her speak, but I have talked to people who have, and they brag her up terribly," Laursen said. "They say she is just an awesome speaker, and I think she'll be able to help all of the women who come to hear her."
"In times when we are overwhelmed with our business, it is necessary to take time to focus on ourselves and what we want out out life," Hoyland said in a statement to Buena Vista University. "This session will put our unique talents and gifts in perspective and propel us toward creating the life we want, not the life we have."
In addition to Hoyland's talk, women attending the event will also be able to attend different breakout sessions taking place throughout the day in the different rooms of the Siebens Forum.
Nine local speakers will provide information to their audiences over a variety of topics ranging from financial planning to strength training to guarding against depression, and Laursen said that their insight will be valuable for women of all ages.
"Not only will members of the community gain from these speakers, but our students are going to be able to obtain all kinds of good information pertaining to women's health and wellness too," Laursen said. "I think the breakout sessions will really be able to provide a wealth of information for everybody that comes."
There will also be several vendors located throughout the building who will offer services such as tips on massaging, cancer screening and opportunities to check on levels of skin damage caused by sun rays.
Organizers said they have high hopes for the event, and think this will help provide the community of Storm Lake with a good foundation from which to increase awareness about women's health issues.
"We think this will be the start of many educational informational sessions like this in Storm Lake," Mackrill-Wilson said. "We know this won't be the last activity like this in the region."
"This has taken a lot of time and preparation, and it's taken a lot of commitment from the speakers we have too, so we think it will be a good event," Laursen said. "We hope people will take advantage of it and be able to learn from it."
Members of the Storm Lake public wanting to preregister for the event are urged to call Comm"UNITY" Education at 732-5711. Space is limited, so individuals are encouraged to call soon.