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Healthy Women, Healthy Lives on May 21

May 10, 2013

Vehicle maintenance workshop one of many at Aspirus event for women

Kent Olson of Olson Tire and Auto Service

Healthy Women, Healthy Lives

When: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Registration: Noon - 12:30 pm
Retreat: 12:30 - 7 pm
Where: Jefferson Street Inn
201 Jefferson Street
Downtown Wausau
Fee: $35
Breakout information: Select three breakout sessions.

Pre-registration required by May 15. Payment is due at the time of registration. Space is limited. To pre-register, call the Aspirus Information Center at 715.847.2380 or 800.847.4707.

If our bodies had a check engine light, would you ignore it if it came on?  If you treat your body the same way many of us treat our cars you might.

“Maintaining your car is akin to taking care of yourself,” said Kent Olson, president of Olson Tire and Auto Service in Wausau. “People ignore their check engine lights all the time, but you wouldn’t ignore your body’s check engine light if you had one.”

On May 21, women can attend Healthy Women, Healthy Lives at Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. The sixth annual women’s retreat offered by Aspirus Women’s Health is an opportunity for women to get information and learn tips about maintaining all aspects of their health through a series of workshops on a number of different topics.

Olson is presenting a workshop at the event called The Girls’ Guide to a Happy Car. He says the check engine light is a natural tie-in to relating car maintenance to health. The light is the car’s way of telling you there’s something wrong. The same can be said for many health-related symptoms, except when it comes to our health, the cost of waiting too long for service could be much greater than some additional parts and labor.  

“Vehicle engines and systems have become much more sophisticated over the years and the check engine light can indicate a small problem that could turn into a bigger, more expensive problem if ignored,” he said. “Would you ignore chest pain?”

Women tend to be the main health care decision-makers of a typical household, a trait that’s becoming more evident in the automobile maintenance and repair industry as well. Olson says women make about 65 percent of the purchases at his business, and national statistics are about the same throughout the industry. 

During Olson’s Healthy Women, Healthy Lives workshop, he will cover a number of topics, including:

  • Routine maintenance.
  • Emergency maintenance.
  • How to maintain or extend the value of your vehicle.
  • Building relationships and communicating with your maintenance/repair provider.

“I really like to educate people about car care and maintenance and am a big believer in happy car care because people have a close relationship and develop a bond with their cars,” Olson said.