St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Annual Conference Focuses on Wellness

September 13, 2016
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Sept. 13, 2016) -- The Faith Community Nursing team at St. Anthony’s Hospital will bring experts on wellness, behavioral health and diet together for the daylong conference, Wellness: A Balancing Act on Friday, Oct. 14. Presentations will focus on wellness and finding balance in mind, body and spirit. 

The free conference, which is in its sixth year and focuses on a different topic each year, will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg. The first 250 people who attend will receive free flu shots.

“At this year’s conference, we want to offer the community tips and ideas on wellness and staying healthy,” said Deborah Rivard, St. Anthony’s Faith Community Nursing manager. “We know that exercise and movement, eating healthily and finding balance in our often busy lives are the goals but we sometimes can’t find the way to reach them. We want to help those who attend find a way to reach their wellness goals.”

Mo Chiodini, who holds a Master’s degree in public health and is a certified personal trainer, will be the keynote speaker. Her topic will be I Am: The Answer to All of Your Well-Being Questions.

Other speakers include:
  • Tracy Daniels, MA, a BayCare behavioral health educator, who will discuss Caring Without Boundaries.
  • Cassie Molina, BS, RRT, CIC, St. Anthony’s infection control manager, who will discuss Infection in the Community.
  • Jeanmarie Scordino, M.Ed., FAFS, exercise physiologist and the BayCare manager of wellness business development, who will present an interactive session, Exercise is Optional, Movement is Mandatory.
  • Judith Lyden, LDN, MBA, St. Anthony’s certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, who will discuss Live to Eat or Eat to Live?
Free diabetes, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be offered. Participants will not need to fast for any of the screenings. More than a dozen community wellness vendors, including the YMCA Diabetes Prevention program and Churches United for Healthier Congregations, will provide information to participants. 

Conference organizers have applied for continuing education credits (CEUs) for health care professionals. 

A continental breakfast and lunch will be served and there also will be prize drawings. For information or to register, call (727) 825-1709.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Celebrating its 85th year in 2016, St. Anthony’s continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993 or go to

About BayCare
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care.  For more information visit