LEWISTON – A health and wellness expert will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 11, meeting of Red Hot Mamas, a nationwide support group dedicated to menopause management education.

Marcy Covey, a health and wellness program coordinator at Central Maine Medical Center, will discuss “Prescription for a Healthy Life: Exercise and Weight Management.” Covey is an experienced health and wellness educator. She holds certifications in a variety of health and wellness activities.

The Red Hot Mamas is a nationwide support group dedicated to menopause management education. The group provides medical information and peer support to women, men and family members dealing with the physical and psychological impact of menopause, which usually affects women age 40 and beyond. Its mission is to empower women to be educated health care consumers and actively manage their menopause.

The Red Hot Mamas was founded in 1991 and has become the largest program of its type in the United States. Karen Giblin, the group’s president and founder, has said the organization’s name came from her daughter, who came home from school one day to find a red-faced Giblin in the middle of a hot flash. She said that her daughter said, “Oh, mom, you’re a red hot mama.”

All women, their partners and family members are welcome to participate in the meeting, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chairmen’s Rooms on the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. For more information or to register, call Dee Forgues at 795-2633.

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