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Women’s Health Conference at JALC Sept. 21

Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., will present the 27th Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference at John A. Logan College on Saturday, Sept. 21.  Women of all ages are invited to enjoy a day that is focused on helping them lead happy and healthy lives.

Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., will present the 27th Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference at John A. Logan College on Saturday, Sept. 21. Women of all ages are invited to enjoy a day that is focused on helping them lead happy and healthy lives.

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – A day devoted to women’s health issues and healthy living will be held at John A. Logan College on Saturday, Sept. 21, when Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., present the 27th Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference. The event begins at 7 a.m. with blood and health screenings, and a continental breakfast will be served in the conference center.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Gifts We Give Ourselves.”

“We think of this conference as a gift a woman gives herself,” said Dr. Fran Becque, PhD., executive director of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., who helped organize the event. “Most of the women who come are busy people with lots of responsibilities. For them to take the time on a Saturday to focus on themselves and their health is a real gift to themselves.”

Vicki Crompton-Tetter will give the keynote address, “Forgiving the Unforgivable,” at the conference.  Her teenage daughter was a victim of dating violence when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.  Crompton-Tetter’s journey to forgiveness of her daughter’s killer is unforgettable and enlightening. (Photo provided)

Vicki Crompton-Tetter will give the keynote address, “Forgiving the Unforgivable,” at the conference. Her teenage daughter was a victim of dating violence when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Crompton-Tetter’s journey to forgiveness of her daughter’s killer is unforgettable and enlightening. (Photo provided)

The keynote speaker, Vicki Crompton-Tetter, will give an address called “Forgiving the Unforgivable.”

“Vicki has spoken at our teen conference before, and we are glad to have her back,” Becque said. “Her teenage daughter was killed by her boyfriend when she broke up with him. It’s really a terrifying story. Vicki talks about that horrible incident and how she essentially had to forgive the boyfriend in order to get on with her own life and be there for other children.”

The conference will offer a variety of sessions on topics of interest to women, such as exercise, effective communication, heart health, dating violence, Internet safety, yoga, zumba, finances, legal issues, and more. More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand representing local businesses and social service organizations. Many door prizes and raffle prizes will be given away throughout the day, including the “Treasures of Southern Illinois” grand prize package of dinners and tickets to cultural and sporting events.

Rosi Ervin, the winner of the 2013 Rosemary Berkel Crisp Award, which honors outstanding local women for the positive impact they make on their communities through their volunteer efforts or personal contributions, will be recognized at the conference.

“Rosi is a nurse who started a health ministry at Rock Hill Baptist Church in Carbondale,” Becque said. “She has gotten very involved with local community members and is helping them lead healthier lives.”

Alicia Chow Cheng and Yolonde Peterson will also be honored at the conference. Cheng, a nontraditional student at JALC studying nursing, is the recipient of the Ann L. Knewitz “Believe and Achieve” Scholarship. Peterson will receive the Cathy Wood Gracious Giver Award for her efforts in helping make the health conference successful.

Pre-registration is required to attend the conference and the registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 16. The cost is $45 and includes breakfast and lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Becque at 618-985-9210, or visit the Web site at www.w4hw.com/whc.html. The conference is being sponsored in part by Heartland Regional Medical Center, Pepsi MidAmerica, Southern Illinois Healthcare, and John A. Logan College.