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NCAAWA conference to focus on living well

REGION — Women, grab your bestie and enjoy a day of inspiration and advice on mind, body and spirit wellness. The 12th annual North County African American Women’s Association conference on March 3 will feature notable keynote speakers, a plated lunch and choice of 21 workshops.

This year’s conference theme is Live Well: Strengthening your Mind, Body and Spirit. Linda Simpkins-Berry, association event coordinator, said the conference will address all aspects of healthy living from financial stress solutions, to how to retire gracefully and tips to improve your heart health.

Three breakout workshops sessions will be held with multiple offerings for adults and specific workshops for young women in attendance.

“We’re hoping everybody can take advantage of them,” Berry said.

Workshop offerings include Top 10 Things You Must Do to Transform Your Lifestyle Business into a $10M Venture; Chances, Choices and Changes: A Family’s Journey With Mental Health Challenges; and The Skinny on Carbs, Fats and Proteins.

Young women’s workshop sessions include Building the Vision and DREAM Within, GIRL A Hip Hop Dance Workshop, and Be Your Beautiful Self #MYBodyMYStyle.

North County African American Women’s Association is partnering with Oceanside Unified School District, Girl Scouts, MiraCosta College and Palomar College to ensure middle school through college age young women attend. Local colleges will send their school ambassadors. Girl Scouts in attendance will earn their women’s health badge.

Berry said the conference will provide young women valuable information on self-awareness that will help them recognize and stop self-sabotaging behaviors.

The event keynote speaker Dr. Wilma Wooten, chief public health officer for the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, will deliver an informative address during lunch. Wooten heads the county Live Well San Diego initiative, which brings health care providers, nonprofit organizations, schools and businesses together to improve community health and safety.

Wooten will share a county health status update on women through their lifespan. Her talk will focus on where San Diego County women are as a whole in battling cancer, heart disease, keeping up immunizations and dealing with mental health issues and suicide prevention.

She will also discuss how San Diego County women measure up to national Healthy People 20/20 indicators, and provide tips on how to improve personal health and prevent disease.

“It’s always good to learn about what to do to take care of your health, it’s the most valuable thing you have,” Wooten said.

Vendors will also be on site with a variety of wellness products and services.

The North County African American Women’s Association intergenerational, multicultural women’s conference will be held March 3 at MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. It is a ticketed event.

For more information and event registration, go to