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Event provides women health options

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 04:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The force that is the Total Woman program at St. Mary's Medical Center proved it was one to be reckoned with Friday night.

In the six months since it was launched, the program has grown to include more than 500 women from the Tri-State region, and that number is increasing daily, said Lisa Hastings, coordinator of the program.

There were at least 500 women at the program's latest event, Total Woman Girls' Night Out, Friday at the St. Mary's Conference Center, where participants had the chance to receive health screenings, get tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and engage in a little bit of shopping with local businesses and vendors.

The event was the first of many with the goal of making sure women know they have support in maintaining their own healthful lifestyles in addition to their families' health.

"I hope they find that this is a place where they can come together and find guidance and information for tackling whatever health issues it is they are facing," Hastings said. "We do plan on having a lot of fun events, but we mostly are here to make sure these women know they can call on us to help them with their medical needs -- whether it's a simple check-up, finding a doctor or even scheduling a medical procedure."

The event also featured guest speakers from St. Mary's, and Tanya Abreu, president and CEO of Spirit of Women, served as the keynote speaker. She recently released a book titled "Ten Powerful Words Guaranteed to Get You from Dull to Dazzling," which was part of the focus of her speech Friday night.

"I believe that we all have too much on our to-do lists and too much in our heads, so I like to keep my time with women simple and give them single words that pack a wallop of meaning," Abreu said earlier this week in an interview with The Herald-Dispatch. "How do I get from 'worn out' to 'wow,' from 'dull' to 'dazzling?'"



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