Junior Auxiliary members attend conference

Junior Auxiliary members attend conference

Junior Auxiliary members attend conference | Junior Auxiliary of Obion County
The Junior Auxiliary of Obion County recently attended the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Inc. Annual Education Conference in Birmingham, Ala. Participants learned more about the National Focus of Health Children — Healthy Futures. One of the featured speakers was Erik Wahl, who spoke about “The Art of Vision” a one-of-a-kind program designed to challenge organizations to discover their untapped potentiall through creative thinking. Another featured speaker was TV host and nutrition expert Zonya Foco, who is leading America in the fight against obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease through smart nutrition and fitness. She inspired attendees with information on how they could change their lives and others by implementing “The Power of One Good Habit.” Stacey DeWitt, founder and CEO of Connect With Kids, informed her audience of her more than 100 available programs that are designed to help parents talk with their children about issues they face everyday. Author Alexandra Stoddard spoke at the closing breakfast on “Choosing a Beautiful, Happy Life.” Sessions were also provided by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld on “The Over Scheduled Child,” Sarah Panzau on “Living Proof,” Catherine Strange and Michelle Heidelberg on “Fearless Entertaining,” and Stephanie Davis on “Clutter Free Living.” Junior Auxiliary members also attended sessions to strengthen the functioning of their local chapters and to help their service and finance projects be more effective. One most informative workshop featured three projects that Junior Auxiliary Chapters can bring to their communities: The Jason Foundation on teen suicide; Reality Check that introduces students to the realities of being financially responsible adults; and Talk About It — a Web-based messaging service that allows students and school administrators to engage in two-way communication which identifies concerns and assists in problem resolution in a discreet manner. Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. The mission of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries is to provide support, resources and educational, leadership, cultural and healthcare training for NAJA members in order to optimize community service by NAJA chapters. These educational meetings for its members give them the resources to be better community volunteers. The NAJA slogan is “Care Today — Character Tomorrow” and when teamed with the current focus of the association, Junior Auxiliary chapters all over the Mid-South are working more than ever before to increase awareness of child health and welfare and how it affects the future of the child. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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