Healthy lifestyles conference to focus health and wellness

Written by Theresa Rose on March 24, 2015

The Southeast Iowa Regional Coalition for Lifestyle Enhancement (SIRCLE) is sponsoring the 9th Healthy Lifestyles Conference on April 8th from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Comfort Suites in Burlington.

The day will feature speakers who will focus on health and wellness issues plus three breakout sessions to discuss other health areas of concern. Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, will be presenting twice, Food Fairy Tales: Eating Happily Ever After and Words that Hurt, Words that Heal. These presentations will focus on how obesity and eating disorders are considered opposites, yet their causes and consequences are mostly the same. Setnick will also discuss how to improve the health of the next generation. In 2011, Setnick co-founder the IFEDD, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. She works at Remuda Ranch Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, as a Senior Follow.

John Weaver, Psy.D, is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctor of Psychology degree from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Weaver will present Wellness and the Brain. During this presentation you will learn what happens in the mind that results in so many people having a hard time caring for their health. Along with how to make changes in one’s mindset to succeed in changing not only your own lifestyle, but to help those you work with.

Conference participants will also choose from three different break-out session topics: The Quality Diet by Chef Christopher Morris, Stress Management for the Real World by Dr. John Weaver, and Benefits of Yoga by Sylvia Thomas.

The conference is for health professionals, school personnel, community leaders, and the general public. Registrations received before April 1st are $75 per person, and $95 after the 1st. The student registration fee is $25. There will be .7 Continuing Education Credits available for nurses through Southeastern Community College (provider number 24) on the day of the conference. Registration includes lunch, beverage break, and conference materials.

For more information on the conference or to receive a registration brochure please contact Christine O’Brien at (319) 753-0193 or at A brochure can also be downloaded at in the “Upcoming Events” section or from

The SIRCLE partners for the Healthy Lifestyles Conference are the Lee County Health Department, Community Action of Southeast Iowa, Iowa State University Extension, Great River Health Systems, Southeastern Community College, Henry County Health Center, Hy-Vee, Remuda Ranch at the Meadows, and Smart Chicken.