Registration open for Healthy Choices Conference on May 24

Mary Ann Wernette, owner of Hometown Health Foods in Remus, speaks during a previous Healthy Choices Conference. (Courtesy photo)

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MECOSTA — Learning more about healthy living will be the focus of the Healthy Choices Conference, taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at the Mecosta County Senior Center, 12954 80th Ave, Mecosta.

The event is open to the public, and the morning begins with refreshments hosted by The Laurels of Mount Pleasant and Mary Bechaz, followed by Enhanced Fitness Instructor Shawn Sredersas with stretches and exercise to put everyone in their “healthy energy mode.”

This year’s sessions are: “Reconnect the Disconnected Circle,” presented by Mary Ann Wernette, owner of Hometown Health Foods in Remus; “Breaking the Circle of Isolation,” by James Clark, hearing instrument specialist for Miracle Ear; “The Circle of Stress and Your Food,” by Mary Bechaz, doctor of naturopathy and consultant; “In a Circle of Financial Stress,” by Mecosta County Commissioner Jerrilynn Strong; and “Breaking the Circle of Pain,” by Mary Loesch, internationally certified Tai Chi instructor.

Bob Huttinga, natural health practitioner, will be the guest speaker at lunch,  discussing meditation and relaxation.

“This is our 14th year for the conference,” said Beth Whyte, activities coordinator. “Our Senior Center is about staying active, health fitness and education. The Healthy Choices Conference offers a lot of good information at a low cost for the attendees. You don’t have to be a senior citizen or live in Mecosta County to attend. Men and woman of all ages come each year. The benefits from the day’s healthy choices education is well worth the $5 conference fee.”

The $5 fee includes lunch and there is a door prize drawing at the end of the conference. To pre-register, call the Senior Center at (231) 972-2884 or pick up a registration form at Hometown Health Foods in Remus, Morton Township Library in Mecosta, or the Mecosta County Senior Center. Participants also can register the morning of the conference.

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