Local event focuses on oilfield's affect on women’s health

WILLISTON, N.D. - In honor of Women's Health Month in May, organizers have partnered with New Hope Church to offer a wide variety of wellness-related workshops for women. In a city like Williston, where many women move with their spouses for work, it can be hard for them to focus on their own well-being.

The oilfield usually requires more commitment from the workers than a 9 to 5 schedule would. Sometimes it's a 24/7 job with changing hours, which can be stressful not only for those working, but also their spouses.

The organizer of the event can relate to that, and says it's important to find people who relate to the types of problems that arise from living in a constantly changing community, where sometimes they can feel isolated.

"A lot of us have moved here from other places, and moved away from family. It's always just nice to have support, or just even be around other women to know that somebody else is in the same situation you're in," said Amanda McBride, the Women's Health Event Organizer.

Amanda McBride says sometimes women can feel guilty for doing things to improve their own health, but that shouldn't be the case. The goal is to help women meet others in the community, and get them plugged into something that can have long-term benefits.

The free event is Tuesday, May 7 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hub of New Hope Church. It is open to any female, and you can choose from a variety of 20-minute sessions that address physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

For more information, go to the New Hope Church Facebook page.