GOODY, Ky. – Speakers from the Women on Wellness (WOW) organization, spoke at a recent Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting to provide details concerning a wellness retreat that will take place at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on Saturday, Sept., 26.
The event takes place on Williamson’s campus from the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers women the opportunity to take advantage of health screenings, nutrition counseling, fitness workshops, educational opportunities and holistic offerings.
The cost to register for the event is $25, which also covers the price of materials and food. However, no woman will be turned away. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. Women affiliated with the military are invited to participate in the event for free.
According to the West Virginia University’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, each participant will be provided, a variety of health screenings, opportunities to try different movement activities, educational sessions to give women skills to become informed consumers and family advocates, retreat guide book, journal , connections to community resources and health care provider knowledge.
The goal of WOW is to provide women with a personalized plan, a wealth of information, and the resources to help women reach their goals.
Katie O’Conner, Program Coordinator for WOW, reflected the program’s goal. “We are trying to create healthy life styles and communities. We focus on women because they are leaders in their families,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor explained the focus of the retreat as, “a full day all about women. It is a day all about you.”
County Commissioner Diann Hannah was in attendance at the Commerce meeting and demonstrated her support of the program. “This is good. It is much needed,” Hannah said.
According to the West Virginia University’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, the WOW program has reached 36 counties in West Virginia, providing over 3,000 women throughout the state with over 19,000 health screenings. WOW has partnered with 170 businesses and community partners throughout the state to improve the well- being of all women across their lifespan.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 204-235-4242, ext. 2279.)