Family Wellness Seminar: Building Strong Families, Building Strong Communities

image002Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ (MHM) Family Wellness seminar took place Friday, Nov. 7 at the Wesley Health & Wellness Center (WHWC). The daylong seminar was free for parents, caregivers and families and included workshops in English and Spanish.

The event provided resources for attendees wanting to learn more about timely and relevant issues facing families. Some of the workshop topics included bullying, social media, building a budget, nutrition, healthy relationships and the Affordable Care Act. MHM’s Family Wellness team, dental, behavioral health, and parenting programs also shared information about their services. In addition, The Autism Community Network and The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas were onsite between workshops for families with special needs. A continental breakfast, nutritious lunch and childcare were also provided during the day-long seminar.

The theme of the event centered on the importance of building a strong foundation for you and your family. The seminar focused on how defining personal goals, values and virtues can carry you and your family a long way even through extreme adversity and stress.
“Even when challenges seem too big, you can achieve your goals if you stick to your plan and accept help from others when you need it,” shared Jae K., nurse practitioner with MHM, during her keynote address.

Attendees were treated to an inspirational speech from Jae about her personal struggles and triumphs. The audience laughed, they cried, they were all inspired by her strength and determination. Jae proved that no matter what the issue or challenge, with grace and support strong families do help build strong communities.