NMSU Extension to host wellness conference in Albuquerque Oct. 18-19

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WRITER: jmoorman
CONTACT: Dianne Christensen, 505-243-1386, diannec

ALBUQUERQUE – With the many challenges of daily life, creating and maintaining health, happiness and courage can be difficult.

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service’s northern county family and consumer science agents are hosting a wellness conference that will have ways to face many of the challenges of today.

“Thrive!” is a wellness conference for creating and maintaining health, happiness and courage. It will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19, at the Bernalillo County Extension office, 1510 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque.

“We hope this conference will provide relevant, helpful and useful information to assist people in creating and sustaining a healthier, happier lifestyle,” said Dianne Christensen, NMSU’s Bernalillo County family and consumer science agent. “With an evening and morning session we hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to be inspired in ways to thrive.”

“Girls Night Out” will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. It will open with keynote speaker Raquel Garzon, NMSU nutrition and wellness specialist, sharing key practices for a healthy, happy and courageous life.

Workshop sessions will include Productivity Factor: Accomplishing More by Doing Less; Chocolate Therapy: Understanding Your Inner Center; Re-Purpose and Redecorate; Listen to Me! Ten Tips for Couple Communication; and The Benefits of Fermented Foods, Quick Cooking: InstaPot and Airless Frying.

Dinner, included in the registration fee, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“Morning of Wellness” will be from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. It will conclude with a lunch with Bryce Jorgensen, NMSU family resource management specialist, presenting the keynote address: “The Seven Success Habits Everyone Should Implement.”

Friday workshops include Banking Safely in Today’s World, Living With Loss: How to move from surviving to thriving; Quick Cooking: InstaPot and Airless Frying; Managing Arthritis; Eating Healthy for Mind and Body; and Aging in Place.

There will be activities for children ages 5 to 12. Pre-registration is required for children.

Registration fee is $15 for either event or $25 for both. Pre-registration is required either by calling 505-243-1386 or online at thrive2018.ezregister.com. Online payment with credit card is available through 5 p.m. Oct. 15, otherwise payment at the event by cash or check only.

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