By Ms. Susanne Kappler (Jackson)September 20, 2012
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson spouses, and other interested community members, will have the opportunity to "embrace life fully," during the installation's second annual SELF symposium, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Solomon Center.
During the free SELF Symposium -- SELF stands for Spouses Embracing Life Fully -- participants will attend workshops that relate to the five components of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program -- physical fitness, social fitness, family fitness, emotional fitness and spiritual fitness. In addition, free lunch will be served.
"We(the organizers) just feel that the five components make up a well-rounded person. If you have some elements of the five components in your life, you're on your way to building a happier, healthier you," said Marilynn Bailey, Fort Jackson's Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator.
Participants can choose up to five of the 15 workshops offered. Bailey said the presentations will be interactive and fun and cover topics such as leisure activities, self defense, biofeedback and networking. Some of last year's presenters will be back as well.
"Maria Currey is going to come back to offer the Teamed Family class, which was a hit last year," Bailey said. "Don Jackson with Victory Travel will offer 'Family Enjoyment.' That was one of our most popular classes last year. Our nutritionist, Madge McNaboe, will be joining us again. (That will be) just a real dynamite presentation on nutrition, titled, 'Is Your Diet Killing You?'"
The only class that will exceed one hour will be "Breaking Issues," presented by Melissa Seligman, which Bailey described as a workshop that can help with overcoming emotional issues.
"(Seligman) is going to do a presentation on how when you have an issue inside of you to best let it go," Bailey said. "At the end of the workshop, participants are going to break dishes, which represent their issues, and then make some kind of art form with the broken pieces."
Bailey said she encourages those interested in attending to make reservations soon because class sizes are limited. To register, visit www.fortjacksonmwr.com/self. Free child care will be available at Hood Street Child Development Center. Reservations should be made as soon as possible.
"This is going to be a day of fun," Bailey said. "It could be a day of networking for you to get to know various people in the community. It could be a day for you to work on you. That's why we're offering free child care. It's a day for you to come and just let go and have fun, but also work on yourself."
Bailey said that she hopes to duplicate last year's success. "I'm excited," she said. "Last year was highly successful. We had about 80 participants in the workshops. We're looking forward to a successful event again this year."