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Maggie Jover: Women can arm themselves with health wisdom

Women’s health issues have taken the forefront on much research over the past several years — including researchers’ discovery that women have different symptoms for heart attacks and other diseases.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service and the Woman’s University Institute for Women’s Health are conducting “The Power of a Healthy Woman” program on Wednesday. This event will provide information to help women reduce health risks and raise awareness about disease prevention and ways to improve their health.

Dr. Joe Valenti will provide highlights about women’s health issues. Dr. Scott Conrad will discuss the Power of Prevention. A panel of health care and benefit providers and insurers will discuss ways to control your health care. In addition, there will be many health-related exhibits.

The keynote address will be by nationally recognized author Linda Noble-Topf, who will discuss “The Spiritual Power of a Healthy Woman.”

Noble-Topf, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981, is an advocate for disability rights. She is dedicated to assisting others in seeing that chronic illness, debilitating injury or any kind of adversity in any stage of life, can be viewed as an opportunity for personal growth.

Noble-Topf is the author of You Are Not Your Illness: Seven Principals for Meeting the Challenge. She is currently working on her second book about wheelchair wisdom.

To register for “The Power of a Healthy Woman,” go to www.twu.edu/healthywoman.

Anyone interested in health issues will certainly enjoy these outstanding speakers! This is a great opportunity to learn more about women’s health issues and ways to lead a healthier life.

MAGGIE JOVER is the family and consumer sciences county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2882.