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Winona State University, in collaboration with local non-profit Live Well Winona, will host its first wellness conference, WSU Wellness Exchange for Lifelong Learners (WSU W.E.L.L. 2013) June 6-7 on the WSU campus. The conference will showcase and highlight the concept of holistic wellness and how it is manifested through structures, programs and services working simultaneously. Community members, faculty, staff, and students nationwide will come together to emphasize that there is wellness in all aspects of campus and community.

This event will offer both personal and professional development in addition to networking opportunities. W.E.L.L. ‘13 allows you to tailor your own conference experience, as it offers more than 40 sessions, broken into three separate tracks: healthcare, education, and community wellness.

Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Swenson, best-selling author, renowned presenter and award winning educator, will speak on Margin, Life Balance, and Wellness: Keys to a Stable Life. Featured speakers Fatima Said, Director of Project FINE, and Katy Smith, 2011 MN teacher of the year, are both Winona residents that inspire their audiences to take charge in all aspects of personal and professional life. Other conference session topics include community vitality, mindfulness techniques, managing challenging behaviors in children, organizational communication and structuring, mental health, barriers to happiness, human-canine wellness, starting your own wellness business, work-site wellness, weight management, and nutrition.

All community members are encouraged to attend. Cost is $160 before May 1, and $185 on or after May 1. Cost is $60 for students. Registration includes invigorating wellness activities every morning, during the lunch hour, and Thursday afternoon. Participants that attend both days of the conference can earn 1 CEU.

To view the conference schedule and speaker biographies or to register online visit: http://www.winona.edu/wellnesscomplex/wellnessexchange.asp

For more information email wsuwellnessexchange@winona.edu or call 507.458.9377

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