May 11-17 is National Women’s Health Week

    Women's lives have changed over the centuries. Most women in the past did not live long enough to be concerned about menopause or old age. In 1900, a woman's life span was about 50 years.    

    Now life expectancy for American women is 82 years of age, and continuing to rise. Not only are women living longer, but they also have the possibility of enjoying a better quality of life throughout their span of years. But to do this, it is essential that women take charge of their own bodies and comprehend how they can maximize their health and fitness. In that effort, RiverView Health will hold its seventh annual Women’s Fest event Tuesday, May 13 during National Women’s Health Week.    

    National Women’s Health Week, May 11-17, empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.    

    The annual event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in Heritage Hallway on RiverView’s Crookston campus. As usual, great, healthy food will be available and door prizes will be given away.

On the program   

    RiverView acupuncturist Megan Scott will give Women’s Fest participants the opportunity to try RiverView’s new Community Acupuncture experience. Scott will give 10 minute stress relieving sessions to those interested in experiencing the ancient form of healing. Take the opportunity to let go of tension and speak with Scott about the benefits Community Acupuncture could have in your life.   

    Also take the time to have your blood pressure and bone density screened by RiverView staff. If you would like to discuss your screening results or have any questions, RiverView’s newest Family Nurse Practitioner, Natalie Royal, will be available to discuss any concerns. Royal has a special interest in women’s health. Many in attendance may already know Royal, as she is a Crookston native. Visit with her about her new practice in the Crookston North Clinic and the East Grand Forks Clinic.   

    The RiverView Respiratory Therapy Department will share information on its Sleep Center and offer suggestions and information on sleep hygiene, insomnia, and changes with sleep over one’s lifetime, with a focus on post-menopause.    

    At 5 p.m. listen to motivational speaker Kim Wagner talk about seizing every opportunity to enlighten, challenge and motivate people to look at their imperfections and see themselves as fabulous children – no matter their age or time in life. In her presentation, “Celebrations of Life’’, Wagner will inspire listeners to look at life as a series of celebrations to be encountered with humor and spontaneity.   

    Wagner has enjoyed numerous roles over the years. She is a breast cancer survivor, singer, songwriter, seamstress, quilter and friend/fundraiser for various organizations. However, the roles that have brought her the most joy and reward are that of wife to her pastor husband, Dave and mother to three children.    

    Well known for her entertaining and dynamic delivery, Wagner often shares real life stories sprinkled with a song or two.   

    “Being average or simply par is not good enough,’’ said Wagner. “From one’s first breath to one’s last, it is imperative that the journey be accomplished with joy and laughter.’’

My New View   

    Women’s Fest is an annual event for RiverView Health’s free women’s membership program, My New View. Individuals that are not currently members of My New View but are interested in attending this event can enroll at Women’s Fest. Women completing a My New View membership application are asked to share basic information such as name and address, as well as a brief inventory of health interests and concerns. This information is used by RiverView Health to identify needs for health information and education, as well as medical resource development for women.