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05/02/2013 Health and Wellness Conference Designed to Inspire and Motivate Healthy Living

Conference organizers add chairs to accommodate registrants

May 2, 2013—For the first time since the Power of Prevention Conference started four years ago, Interlake-Eastern RHA Community Wellness staff members and conference planning partners are bringing in more chairs to accommodate the excellent response to conference sessions.

It's wonderful news for Leana Smith, Interlake-Eastern RHA's regional manager of chronic disease prevention and community wellness.

“In Manitoba, 43% of people over age 19 have at least one common chronic disease. In many cases, chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and arthritis are a result of lifestyle choices. The conference planning partners identify speakers with inspirational stories and those brimming with energy to spark healthy living ideas that people can apply to their own lives and to their communities so we can address our chronic disease rates,” Smith said.

This year's conference themed Small Changes – Big Results runs May 29 and 30 at Gimli's Lakeview Resort and Conference Centre. Among popular session speakers are Michelle Cederberg who has authored three books, the most recent Energy Now! Small Steps to an Energetic Life that has been featured in the National Post, Calgary Herald, Huffington Post, Best Health Magazine and Canadian Living. Her presentation focuses on the things we do that hold us back from experiencing success in life and she provides insights for moving forward in a positive way.

Leana Smith

Leana Smith, Interlake-Eastern RHA's regional manager of chronic disease prevention and community wellness with former Blue Bomber, Doug Brown, at the 2012 Healthy Living - Power of Prevention Conference.

Conference keynote speakers include change expert Dr. Moira Somers who is interviewed frequently in the Globe and Mail and Winnipeg Free Press. She trains advisors on cognitive and emotional factors at play in financial transactions. Her insights into financial psychology and her skills as a speaker and coach have helped many people create abundance in their lives and broader communities. Also speaking is Caelin White, a PhD student in psychology who has recently completed a world championship, ultra-endurance obstacle race called World's Toughest Mudder that saw him complete as many laps of a 16 km course as he could over a 28 hour period.

“The majority of last year's attendees said they'd be back and they'd recommend the conference to a friend. The more people we can empower to take charge of their own health and inject that energy into community based programs, the sooner we can see some healthy changes in the state of our communities and our enjoyment of what healthy living has to offer us,” Smith said.

Conference registration is open to all interested individuals. The fee to attend the entire conference is $149.00 until May 10 – after that it goes up to $175.00. Registration fees include the Healthy Living and Recreation Awards Dinner on May 29. To register visit or call 1-877-979-WELL (9355).

Conference planning partners are the Province of Manitoba, Child and Youth Opportunities; Interlake Municipal Recreation Association; and Interlake-Eastern RHA.
For more information contact Lauralou Cicierski, Manager of Public Relations and Communications, 204.467.4747,
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