Symposium sold out in 10 days

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HEALTHY LIFE: A women gets her blood pressure taken at the 2015 Women's Health Symposium. This year, women will have access to various health screenings during the symposium. File photo.

HEALTHY LIFE: A women gets her blood pressure taken at the 2015 Women’s Health Symposium. This year, women will once again have access to various health screenings during the symposium. File photo.


Tickets sold out in 10 days for the 10th annual Women’s Health Symposium, which will be held on Jan. 30 at the Pearl River Community College in Poplarville.

The event’s popularity has grown over the years and has touched the lives of countless women seeking healthier lifestyles, said Dr. Jennifer Seal, vice president for PRCC’s Planning and Institutional Research and chair of the symposium steering committee.

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“We sold out 500 tickets in 10 days in November,” Seal said. “We look forward to have these ladies come and learn how to better take care of themselves.”

Sponsorships from local organizations such as the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation help the college host the annual event.

This year, the symposium will be held again at the Olivia Bender cafeteria at PRCC’s campus in Poplarville. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and art walk, where dozens of merchants will sell arts and crafts. The event will kick off at 8:15 a.m., Seal said.

This year’s event will feature three keynote speakers, instead of just one like in year’s past. The following speakers will serve as the voice of the past, present and future respectively — Robert St. John, who was the first keynote speaker of the symposium, will demonstrate a healthy cooking demonstration; annual speaker Janie Walters, author, motivational speaker and CEO of Champion Communications, will speak about how women can reach their optimal health; and last but not least, Dr. Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor of mobilization and emerging technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents, will explain how women can transform their mobile devices into a personal health and safety assistant, Seal said.

The event will also include health-related booths and screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and bone density sponsored by local organizations and hospitals including, the Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home and Highland Community Hospital. Seal said PRCC medical students will also be on hand to assist with the screenings.

Also during the event, participants will have a chance to win door prizes, including the 10th anniversary symposium cookbook.

Due to the event’s popularity, Seal advises women who won’t get the opportunity to attend this year’s symposium to purchase tickets starting Nov. 1 for the 2017 symposium.

For more information, contact Seal at 601-403-1146 or email at