April 6, 2013

Fair helps to spread word of wellness for women

The 16th annual event draws more than 500 people for free screenings and health information.

By Kaitlin Schroeder kschroeder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE - More than 500 attendees packed Inland Hospital's 16th annual Word of Women's Wellness event Saturday.

Sara Dyer, Inland's director of community relations, said the event grows in popularity every year.

The health fair, held at Thomas College, hosts free health screenings for women and gathers local health care services and vendors under one roof.

Dyer said women can come with their friends and family and easily get information about multiple health issues in one afternoon.

"It's a way for women to have fun and improve their health," she said.

The more than 60 exhibitors provided information and giveaways on topics ranging from healthy recipe ideas to domestic-violence victim support.

Along with the booths, there were demonstrations on exercising and healthy eating. There was even Scarf Tying 101, a demonstration in which women learned different ways to fashion scarves.

Dyer said the free health screenings were meant to provide care to women who might not see a practitioner regularly or have health insurance.

The free screenings included tests for blood glucose, bone density, glaucoma and vision.

"It's been very informative. We've been trying a little of everything," said Dorothy Dostie, who was there for the first time with her daughter, Peggy Pooler, 69.


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