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The Sevier County Coalition's Live Well Sevier County Committee will hold monthly Lunch-and-Learn events in conjunction with University of Arkansas Cossatot. The coalition is comprised of businesses and local agencies represented by employees who work together to improve the overall quality of life for county residents through the use of local resources.

"The public will be given opportunities to bring their lunch and learn about many aspects of wellness, including but not limited to physical, mental and financial wellness," said Cheryl Byrd, co-chair of the Live Well Sevier County Committee, who is also a community health nurse specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health.

The first of the events is a free presentation, "How Failing Made Us Successful: Tips and Tricks to Cope with the Rising Healthcare Costs." It will be held from 12 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. June 20 in the Weyerhaeuser room of the Skilled Trades Building on UA Cossatot's De Queen Campus.

Presenter Jayme Mayo, physician's assistant, is the in-house medical provider and wellness director at Nabholz Construction, where she has successfully led efforts over the past 12 years. Mayo was featured in HBO's documentary on obesity titled "Weight of the Nation" and participated with the CDC on a National Healthy Worksite Program Case Study and follow-up video. Mayo has consulted with the Department of Defense, Former President Bill Clinton's "Health Initiative" and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, along with numerous businesses across the country to help implement successful work site wellness programs. Recently, Nabholz was ranked as number 25 of the 101 Healthiest Employers in the Country.

Mayo speaks regularly at regional, national and international conferences sharing the many successes of her program. She is also an eight-time triathlon and ultra-marathon finisher.

"As companies look for new and innovative ways to control the rising cost of health care, implementing a work site wellness program is considered one strategy," she said. "In recent times, however, wellness programs have garnered a reputation of being both costly and ineffective. That theory has been put to rest. I look forward to sharing strategies to help employers, employees and their families cope with the rapidly increasing costs of medical care and health insurance."

For more on Lunch-and-Learn programs, visit the Sevier County Coalition website at seviercountycoalition.com or call UA Cossatot's Continuing Education Services at 870-584-4471.

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