Howard Young Foundation to Host National Speaker Zonya Foco, RD

(Woodruff, Wis.) – The Women’s Legacy Council, a committee of the Howard Young Foundation, is honored to present a fun, interactive, and free evening with “America’s Nutrition Leader,” Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP. The Values, Vision & Voice symposium, “8 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life,” will take place Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Campanile Center for the Arts, located at 131 Milwaukee Street, in Minocqua.

Zonya Foco is a registered dietitian specializing in heart-healthy nutrition and exercise, and is the host of “Zonya’s Health Bites” on National Public Television. She has also appeared on “Oprah & Bob’s Best Life Challenge,” and is the author of Diet Free lifestyle novel, Water with Lemon and the countertop cookbook Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go!

The event is open to all Northwoods communities free of charge, and was made possible through a generous gift from Christine Bonati Bollwinkle and James Bollwinkle. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m. Light fare and a cash bar will be available. Seating is limited and reservations are appreciated. Please RSVP to or call 715.439.4005 ext. 402 to enjoy an evening with Zonya Foco.

The burden of heart disease in northern Wisconsin is staggering. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease remains the number one killer in Wisconsin (32 percent) when all age groups were combined in 2012. Heart disease nationally, and in Wisconsin, is the most costly, the most preventable, and the most deadly for all of us.

The Women’s Legacy Council, following in the footsteps of Dr. Kate Newcomb and the Million Penny Parade and the extraordinary generosity of Howard Young, is committed to the next generation of philanthropy and the establishment of the Heart Care Center at Howard Young Medical Center. In order to assist in strengthening the continuum of cardiac care, the Council considered how they might support the four phases of the continuum: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation and management of cardiac disease. The Values, Vision & Voice Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to engage the community in thinking “upstream” in heart disease prevention.

When founded in 2012, the Council adopted as a key strategy to provide to the community an annual health symposium. This annual event, generously underwritten for the next five years, has as its goal, to provide women’s values, vision and voice to help advance and improve health issues in rural northern Wisconsin. The long term commitment of Mr. and Mrs. Bollwinkle provides the opportunity for strategic programs by nationally known experts, which will have a sustained impact on the health and quality of life in the Northwoods.

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