Hundreds of women gather to laugh, learn at health conferenceFARGO – It seemed more like a comedy club than a health conference at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo Monday morning.
By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM
FARGO – It seemed more like a comedy club than a health conference at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo Monday morning.
Motivational speaker Colette Carlson had hundreds of women cracking up as she talked about the importance of asking for help.
“Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a really healthy way to remain strong,” she said. “Ask for what you need to be successful no matter what that is, whether it’s a hug or help around the house.”
She told the more than 400 women in attendance to stop multi-tasking and to start “multi-asking.”
“Beautiful things can happen when we ask,” she said.
Carlson was the first speaker in a daylong event that featured exhibits, break-out sessions and speakers on health and wellness topics like getting fit, living a full life, living life courageously, and rediscovering your vitality.
The Women’s Health Conference, formerly known as Mikey’s Women’s Wellness Expo, was put together by the North Dakotans Partnering for Women’s Health advisory group. Anita Hoffarth, who owns REACH Partners and is part of the advisory group, said the fact that this is the eighth conference the group has held in Fargo and it’s still full shows the impact the event has.
“The energy is so great,” she said. “It’s exciting that people are willing to take time from their lives and their work and their kids or whatever their Monday would be to take time for themselves.”
Organizers try to find speakers that hit home the messages women need to hear, Hoffarth said.
Janet Johnson, a retired teacher from Jamestown who attended the conference with her daughter, participated in Carlson’s demonstration of how women take on too much in their daily lives. Johnson stood on stage while Carlson piled her with a cell phone, steering wheel, laundry and other props until she held so much it started falling out of her hands.
“I think this will be the think I take away the most,” Johnson said.
Carlson’s lesson on laughing more and stressing less reaffirmed how Johnson lives her life, she said.
“I think everybody knows about these health hints but it’s always good to hear it again to motivate you,” she said.
There will be a wellness conference in Bismarck in the fall.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526