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Wellness Fair Educates and Uplifts Women

The Madison School District and Madison Memorial Hospital had their wellness fair this weekend, including a Wellness for Women’s day on Saturday.

Doug McBride a public relations and marketing professional at Madison Memorial Hospital said, “I think the biggest thing we want from here is opportunities for the women to realize what resources they have available to them.”

“Wellness for Women is an incredible free weekend event and everyone is invited,” according to the Wellness for Women pamphlet. “Everyone from your neighbors, daughters, mothers, grandmothers and aunts will not only receive essential health information, but also be treated to a highly motivational and uplifting experience.”

“We hope that women feel more empowered and more aware of the community and the support provided here,” said Deborah Allen a presenter and early childhood coordinator for Madison Cares.

The event had several topics including learning to be a young mother, keeping a healthy diet, feeling self-empowerment and discovering how to navigate the healthcare system.

Tami Hymas, owner of Tami’s Salon, gave a talk about self-esteem and how being your personal best is all you need to be.

“We stand on this scale, and that’s how much gravity we put to the earth,” said Hymas. “That’s all it is. It has nothing to do with who you are, it has nothing to do with who you love and it has nothing to do with how people are gonna remember you.”

Hymas showed up with a brace on her leg and crutches. Hymas described a lesson she learned after a recent skiing accident that left her unable to walk and in a constant state of dizziness for several weeks.

“Being, making your body work, knowing that you’re alive and that you matter is amazing,” said Hymas.

Several women in the audience found Hymas story inspirational, including Justie Argo, a freshman studying exercise physiology.

“I really enjoyed it,” Argo said. “I liked her enthusiasm and her overall perspective of life. I thought it was very cool and very inspiring.”

Argo said she is human and has her own challenges. She felt that everybody needed to hear what Hymas was saying.

“Everyday I looked into the mirror and said my motto: Do more, give back, I will literally make the world a more beautiful place,” Hymas said. “I applied it to myself, I applied it to my life, I applied it to my friends and I just never gave up.”

Nicholas Packer, an OBGYN at Seasons Medical spoke about pregnancy and a healthy lifestyle.

“I just wanted to help people, ’cause I see people that come in pregnant and they haven’t necessarily thought of these things before hand,” Packer said. “So it kind of helps them to have a healthier pregnancy. And also I see plenty of people who come in after three months of trying to get pregnant and think they’re infertile. It’s to kinda clear up some of the misconceptions and help them understand infertility and what they can do to help get them pregnant.”

Packer gave some quick tips for students who are hoping to get pregnant.

Try to get pregnant for at least 12 months before you see a doctor about infertility, Packer said.

He said the best time for ovulation is 16 days before your period and have intercourse every one to two days for the best results.

Packer said that miscarriages are pretty common in America. He said 25 percent of pregnancies end as miscarriages.

Packer said that women need to understand that nothing they did caused the miscarriage.

“The other one that people wanna know is: When can we try again after a miscarriage?” Packer said. “The classic teaching is that you have to wait three cycles before you try again but there is some newer stuff that says it doesn’t matter, so you can just try right after.”

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