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LSC-Montgomery’s Healthier U Speakers to Promote Wellness and Bone Marrow Donation

Rachel Neihart MaryBeth Pappas Baun 
Get wise with wellness tips and learn the necessity of bone marrow donation from guest speakers MaryBeth Pappas Baun and Rachel Neihart at Lone Star College-Montgomery’s 18th annual Healthier U wellness expo and job fair, set for Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10.
Get wise with wellness tips on how to live
fully and freely from MaryBeth Pappas Baun, worksite health and wellness consultant from Baun Associates/Wellness-Without-Walls, at Lone Star College-Montgomery’s 18th annual Healthier U wellness expo and job fair, set for Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10.

For an admission donation of $5, which goes toward student scholarships, attendees can hear Baun, an author, freelance writer and partner of Baun Associates/Wellness-Without-Walls, spotlight her years as a wellness specialist and coach, raising awareness of enhancing health in all six dimensions of wellness, from 1-2 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, in the Recital Hall of the Music Hall, building H, with a reception following.

Baun, who narrowly survived a serious car accident when she was 18, has found purpose in promoting the vision that life is an incredible gift. She helps others see how an integration of emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, social, and environmental wellness, and the development and application of strengths inthese dimensions, can give them a sense of direction, meaning, and purpose.

“Being part of this event represents a lifelong aspiration for me to make a difference and help others enhance their own lives and wellbeing,” Baun said. “It’s an interactive workshop where people will have the chance to explore themselves and each other, and decide how they want to move forward in their wellness plans.”

With over 30 years in the field of health and wellness, some of Baun’s qualifications include a master’s degree in health promotion from theUniversity of Vermont, health and fitness administrator for BFGoodrich Aerospace, senior research coordinator at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Tobacco Research and Treatment Program, health education coordinator and worksite wellness manager for Kaiser Permanente Northeast, as well as author and publisher.

In addition, Rachel Neihart, a Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program recruiter, will educate listeners on the necessity of bone marrow donations for the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life threatening blood cancers, on Thursday, April 9, from 12-1 p.m., in the Health Science Center, building B, room 102.

Neihart was diagnosed at the age of 20 with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder. Her only hope for survival was a bone marrow and stem-cell transplant. A year after receiving her “gift of new life,” Neihart was able to meet her donor, as well as share a special donor-recipient dance with him at her wedding. It was during her journey to remission that she discovered a passion for cancer awareness, received her degree in family studies and human services from Kansas State University, and is now working her dream job with the very organization that found her match and saved her life.

In its 18th year, LSC-Montgomery’s annual Healthier U wellness expo and job fair raises money to provide scholarships for students while promoting healthier living in the community. The event has raised more than $119,000 and allotted for 175 scholarships awarded to healthcare students.
 
For more information on LSC-Montgomery’s Healthier U event, visit www.lonestar.edu/healthierU.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
 
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded  in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.  Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.  Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.