Comprehensive Health Education Foundation to Sponsor 15th Annual Seniors Wellness Conference

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Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F. ®), one of the nation's leaders in health promotion and prevention education, will kick off its fifteenth annual Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors this Sunday in Seaside, Oregon. The six-day event, which begins on October 17 and runs through October 22, will bring seniors from Washington and Oregon together to address healthy aging topics. As in years past, the regional conference will provide a forum to share the latest research, information and skills for seniors, individually and community-wide, to focus on maintaining and improving health and quality of life.

As one of the nation’s leaders in health promotion and prevention education, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F. ®) will kick off its fifteenth annual Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors this Sunday in Seaside, Oregon. The six-day event, which begins on October 17 and runs through October 22, will bring seniors from Washington and Oregon together to address healthy aging topics. As in years past, the regional conference will provide a forum to share the latest research, information and skills for seniors, individually and community-wide, to focus on maintaining and improving health and quality of life.

The Conference, to be held at the Seaside Convention Center on the Oregon coast, will feature a distinguished panel of keynote speakers, led by Wendy Lustbader, a nationally known speaker and author of several books, including Counting on Kindness, What’s Worth Knowing, and Taking Care of Aging Family Members. Other keynote presenters include David Spero, a registered nurse and author of The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness; Martin Collis, PhD, an educator, writer, scientist, and singer with a passion for promoting wellness; and Alene Moris, a counselor, educator life planning consultant and activist with a unique perspective on the role of older adults in society.

According to Karen Lewis, Healthy Aging Director at C.H.E.F., “We’re thrilled to have such an impressive lineup of expert presenters for this year’s Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors, all focused on important prevention and health education issues specifically targeted to the unique needs of older adults." Some of the topics that will be addressed are Becoming an Effective Advocate for Seniors’ Health Issues, Dealing with Depression, Celebrating Sexuality, Coping with Grief and Loss, and Making Things Happen in Your Community.

“As an organization focused on the health and well-being of people of all ages, C.H.E.F. is proud to sponsor the Northwest Wellness Conference for Seniors for the fifteenth consecutive year. Also noteworthy is the fact that this year’s event coincides with the thirty-year anniversary of C.H.E.F.” said Larry Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation.

Founded in 1974 and celebrating its 30th Anniversary year, Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.) is dedicated to promoting health and quality of life through education, addressing such important topics as drug abuse, violence, HIV / AIDS, smoking, obesity, and other unhealthy behaviors. As a nationally-known non-profit organization, C.H.E.F. develops numerous programs which have been proven effective by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and is also the developer of the Here’s Looking at You® curriculum, the most widely used K-12 drug prevention curriculum in the country, the Youth Matters curriculum, and the Social Beginnings early childhood program. For more information about C.H.E.F., call 1.800.323.2433, or visit http://www.chef.org.

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