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Fifteen years of Women’s Wellness!

providers.jpgInland Hospital’s 15th annual women’s health fair brought a record-breaking number of women together for a day of wellness, pampering, and learning on March 31 at Thomas College. This year’s World of Women’s Wellness hosted 600 women from Central Maine and beyond for free health screenings, pampering services, wellness exhibits, and some fun, interactive demonstrations.

www-20iwhc.jpgThe popular event provided more than 2,400 free health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, breast exams, and many more – a 13% increase over the number of screenings last year. Ellen Wells, Inland’s Community Wellness Coordinator noted “Many women in our community do not have a usual source of primary care. This free event provides the opportunity for them to assess their health status and if necessary, seek further testing and treatment.” Photo left: Judy Gray from Inland Women's Health Care educated participants on women's health by playing a fun game.

www-20screening.jpgNearly 20% of women who had a breast exam were advised to have follow-up exams. According to the latest Maine CDC Cancer Registry, women in Kennebec County experienced higher breast cancer incidence rates than women across the state. “We added breast exams to the event last year and we are so grateful to our healthcare providers who offered this important service for the women of our community who don’t have access to regular exams,” noted Wells. A variety of new screenings were provided this year for a total of 13 screening or health assessment opportunities. photo right: bone density screening provided by Inland Imaging Services.

www-20pampering.jpgIn addition to screenings, more than 300 free spa samples were enjoyed by women as well. Spa services offered by area salons like facials, hair and make-up consultations, and complimentary health services like reflexology, massage, and Reiki made the World of Women’s Wellness a total-body health event. Dozens of local organizations provided exhibits that offered information on a variety of health and social services in the area. In response to feedback from previous years, there was more focus on cooking and exercise demonstrations.

www-20hannaford.jpgLocal businesses like Hannaford and Barrels Community Market offered tips for easy, healthy meals and provided delicious samples. Chair yoga and hula hooping were also among the favorites on-stage in the gymnasium. The event was brought to an energetic close by an enthusiastic group of therapeutic drummers. Photo right: Hannaford's Registered Dietitian, Mary Lavenway and Dr. William Bradfield from Inland Women's Health Care conduct a cooking demonstration.

www-20walmart.jpgWomen’s Wellness 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 ~ save the date and plan to treat yourself to a day that’s all about you!