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Free Wellness Symposium is Friday, Feb. 5

HANCOCK, MI - Community members are invited to treat themselves to a day of healthy indulgence Friday, February 5, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

The annual Health and Wellness Symposium is hosted by the Finlandia University international study program. Admission is free, although some services require a fee or donation. Proceeds from donations will help support the university's Finlandia Connection study abroad course.

Activities will include massage, mini-manicures, hand and face treatments, foot reflexology, magnetic rollouts, and free heel density bone screenings. Eyebrow and facial waxing will be offered by Hairsmiths and Regis Salon. Denise Draves, representing the Aspirius Keweenaw Breast Boutique, will measure women for proper bra sizing.

Throughout the day, a variety of wellness products will be available for purchase, and local wellness experts will present a series of informative talks.

Speakers will include internal medicine specialist Dr. Janice Griffin, MD, who will discuss nutrition in the role of liver disease, and nurse practitioner Patricia Koskiniemi, NP, who will explain the use of acupuncture as a pain management strategy. Both Griffin and Koskiniemi practice at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Clinic, Laurium, Mich.

Naomi Haycock, RN, offers reflexology and ionic detox at the Serenity Massage and Wellness Center, Hancock. The title of her Wellness Symposium talk is, "Don't let toxins bother you." Haycock has done extensive research in the area of natural health, and in particular nutrition and detoxification.

Terry Smythe, fitness director for the Keweenaw Memorial Rehab & Fitness Center, Houghton, will share strategies to "Get Fit!" Smythe is the founder and coach of the Michigan Tech Rowing Club and the Portage Lake Rowing Club. She has won several awards for her work promoting fitness and rowing in the community.

The schedule of Wellness Symposium speakers follows.

12:00 p.m.:  "Don't let toxins bother you," Naomi Haycock
12:30 p.m.:  "Tobacco:  Secrets through the smoke," Gail Plowe
1:00 p.m.:   "Foot reflexology, crania sacral therapy, and reflexology," Mary Ovist
2:00 p.m.:   "Nutrition in the role of liver disease," Dr. Janice Griffen
3:00 p.m.:  "Get Fit": Terry Smythe
4:00 p.m.: "Acupuncture as a pain management strategy," Patricia Koskiniemi, NP

For additional information, please contact Debbie Karstu, Finlandia University assistant professor of nursing, at 906-487-7354.