Speaking Of Women’s Health

Did you know more women live in Missouri than men? According to the most recent U.S. Census, the Missouri population was 51 percent female in 2011. Roughly 80 percent of women control household buying decisions, and an even higher percentage controls the family medical decisions. That’s why it’s more important than ever for women to educate themselves and their families about their health through events such as Speaking of Women’s Health.

Speaking of Women’s Health is a semiannual event hosted by Women’s HealthCare Alliance, a Columbia-based nonprofit. The organization seeks to inform, inspire and encourage women to take control of their health by promoting education, physical fitness and a better life balance. Women’s HealthCare Alliance has given more than $80,000 in grants to local not-for-profit organizations that share a common mission of serving at-risk women and children in mid-Missouri. Some local recipients include True North, Easter Seals, Lutheran Family and Children’s Service, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Voluntary Action Center and the Ronald McDonald House.

This spring’s Speaking of Women’s Health event will feature a keynote speaker, free health screenings by Boone Hospital Center, local exhibitors, breakout sessions, raffle items and dessert, centered on the theme “Blossom Into A New You.”

“Women can become stressed with family, career and personal responsibilities,” says Women’s HealthCare Alliance founder Melody Parry. “This event is designed specifically with them in mind.”

This year’s event is an evening for women to enjoy. Breakout sessions and health screenings will be scheduled earlier in the evening, followed by the keynote session.

“We want women to feel pampered, while learning more about their health and the health of their family,” Parry says.

Keynote speaker and humorist Karyn Buxman will speak on “Laughing Your Way to More Money, Better Sex & Thinner Thighs,” offering insights on how to lead a positive, healthy and happy life. Buxman, a certified public speaker, has addressed the Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, the Air Force and the Million Dollar Round Table. Parry hopes Buxman’s talk will offer insight, wisdom and laughter to attendees, ultimately inspiring them to commit to a positive health change in their own lives.

This is the 12th year Columbia has hosted the event. Parry notes that since the first Speaking of Women’s Health event, Women’s HealthCare Alliance’s main sponsor, Boone Hospital Center, has dedicated its staff, volunteers and resources to making the event successful and beneficial for every woman in the community.

“Whether women are interested in personal safety, healthy cooking or staying fit, these events keep women of all ages up-to-date on the important issues that affect their health and well-being,” Parry says.

The event is sponsored by Boone Hospital Center, Commerce Bank, Gary B. Robinson Jewelers, DeSpain Cayce Dermatology Center and Medical Spa, Woodcrest Chapel, KRCG TV-13, 101.5 KPLA-FM andInside Columbia magazine.

Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance online at www.FranklySpeakingOnline.com or by calling 573-449-6644.

Monday, April 29
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Woodcrest Chapel
2201 W. Nifong Blvd.