The Hippo


Jun 3, 2020








Barbara Pascoe and Johane Telgener at last year’s Women on Wellness event

Women on Wellness

Where: Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St., Suite 201, Concord
When: Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $65, register online 

A woman’s day
Concord Hospital hosts second Women on Wellness event

By Angie Sykeny

Women who typically have a hard time finding a moment to focus on themselves can do just that at the second annual Women on Wellness event, happening on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by Concord Hospital’s Center for Health Promotion, the day features 12 seminars covering topics on nutrition and fitness, decreasing stress, women’s health and more. 
“This is a day for women, particularly middle-aged women, to make positive transformations,” said Johane Telgener, director of the Center for Health Promotion. “It’s amazing how many women care for their families and don’t feel they can take the time to care for themselves at the same time.” 
The event was started to raise scholarship money for people, especially women, who want to take advantage of the center’s programs and classes but do not have the financial means. Last year’s event, with 60 attendees, raised $2,300 and provided 16 scholarships. According to the center’s administrative assistant, Beth Duclos, more than 60 people are already registered for this year’s event. 
“Last year was extremely well-received,” said Telgener. “Many people who came last year are coming back this year. Women really love to connect and come together to help other women.”
The day will begin at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker Teresa Rosenberger’s “Taking Care of Ourselves.” Rosenberger, president of Devine Business Strategies of Concord, has spoken at various women’s events and leadership conferences. 
“We can’t continue to take care of everyone else unless we are well, healthy and balanced to care for ourselves,” said Rosenberger. “I hope these women will think about their lives and what they do on a daily basis, and make sure they are optimizing the things around them that will allow them to be healthier, more successful, and better caregivers.” 
Two 45-minute sessions will follow. The seminars for the 10 to 10:45 a.m. session include “Lifestyle Change: Food is Medicine,” which will discuss how to integrate healthy eating into your lifestyle and have more energy; “Relax and Thrive with EFT” where you’ll learn how emotional freedom techniques can help you reduce stress and negative feelings; and “Reaching your Full Potential,” which will focus on using positive thinking to accomplish your goals. 
From 11 to 11:45 a.m. you can attend “Build your Muscles of Positivity and Resilience,” which will give you the tools you need to be happier, even during discouraging times; “Breaking Down the Barriers: Overcoming the Three Main Obstacles to Weight Loss;” or “The Power of the Pause,” where you’ll learn to structure your time so that you can access calm, confidence and insight throughout your day.
“We want to keep this about positive transformation,” said Telgener, “whether through diet, physical activity, [or] breaking down the barriers that keep you from doing something you love to do. A lot of people just want to rejuvenate and make themselves a better person.” 
At 12:30, a healthy lunch will be provided, and everyone will meet for a group session with musician Peggo Hortsmann Hodes. In this workshop, entitled “A Woman’s Voice: Wise & Empowered,” the group will use sound, journaling and drumming to learn how to develop confidence in communication and self-expression. 
There will be raffle tickets on sale throughout the day: one for $5 or three for $10. Local businesses have donated over $3,000 in prizes such as yoga classes, gift baskets, gift certificates, massages, fitness classes, tuition credits for New Hampshire Technical Institute and tickets for next year’s Women on Wellness event. 
The after-lunch 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. session will include “The Art of Connection,” where you’ll work with watercolor, pastels and markers to learn the value of making mindful decisions; “Breast Health Now: Recommendations for Breast Cancer Prevention;” and “Ancient Secrets for Modern Times,” which, according to Duclos, has the most registered attendees so far. 
From 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., check out “The Wired and Tired Superwoman: The Delicate Relationship between Stress, Hormones, Sleep and Weight;” “Tips and Tricks for Applying Your Makeup Like a Pro;” and “Applying Yoga Wisdom in Today’s World: An Exploration of Heartful Ethics.” 
According to Telgener, all speakers are either affiliated with the hospital or recommended by hospital staff, or were carefully selected after submitting a proposal. Some are registered dieticians, physical therapists, naturopathic physicians, or have an M.D. or Ph.D. related to their topic. 
“I hope people will be inspired to make changes they want to see happen in their life,” said Telgener. “Whether it’s to take more time for themselves, to start a yoga practice, run a marathon, to do something they think is out of their reach to do … hopefully this day will show them it really isn’t out of their reach.”  
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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