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Lisa Whelchel, American actress and author, selected as keynote speaker for Jasper Women’s Expo on February 5 September 10, 2015

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial and the CHRISTUS LiveWell Women’s Network invite women across East Texas to learn about and celebrate ways to achieve a lifetime of wellness at the third annual Jasper Women’s Expo featuring keynote speaker Lisa Whelchel on February 5.

The Jasper Women’s Expo, themed “Sowing seeds of friendship,” is one of three LiveWell events presented by the CHRISTUS LiveWell Women’s Network. This event, as well as GirlTalk and the 2016 LiveWell Women’s Conference, will be hosted by Editor-in-Chief of VIP Magazine of Southeast Texas and the Southeast Texas EventsBook, Shelly Vitanza.

“We’re honored to host the third annual Women’s Expo to continue to educate, share and celebrate health and wellness among women in East Texas,” said Women’s Expo Lead Becky Howard. “The community’s interest to achieve a well-balanced lifestyle continues to grow, and our Expo works to further the desired education on wellness of heart, soul and mind.”

The Jasper Women’s Expo entails a full day of educational seminars on a variety of health and wellness topics for both the individual and community. It also boasts shopping booths, free health screenings and catered lunch with a keynote presentation from American actress and author Lisa Whelchel. As the keynote speaker, Whelchel will expand upon the importance of living a well balanced life, as well as discuss her theme-related book “Friendship For Grown-Ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way.”

A Texas native, Whelchel’s first professional acting experience was on Walt Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club” as a Mouseketeer. However, she is best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on NBC’s “The Facts of Life,” which aired for nine years.

Following her acting career, Whelchel launched a career in writing and public speaking with a specific interest in empowering women. Her first book, “Creative Correction” was released in October 2000 and has sold over 200,000 copies to date. She’s written a dozen more books to educate and empower women since then, as well as founded motivational businesses including MomTime Ministries and Personal Mom Coaching. Whelchel also leads an international speaker series and has toured with “Women of Faith” and “Extraordinary Women.” Most of all, she is a proud mother to three children, a role she believes is the hardest of all.

“Lisa Whelchel exemplifies the reality of living out a well balanced life while juggling career, health and family,” said Howard. “Her ability to find balance and embrace a healthy lifestyle across mind, body and soul makes her the ideal keynote speaker to inspire the women and families of our community.” This year’s Women’s Expo takes place at Harvest Church. Event doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration, health screenings and shopping.

The first educational session begins at 9:30 a.m. with presentations and activities to follow. In addition to lunch, shopping and free health screenings, the day features 20, 50-minute breakout sessions with a wide range of enlightening health and lifestyle workshops with topics than span health, fitness, and spirituality.

Registration opens January 2016. Seating is limited and early registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 409.899.7700 or visit CHRISTUS LiveWell Women’s Network at www.christuslivewell.org.