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Just for women

Aspirus holds annual health expo

October 9, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital will hold its second annual free Women's Health Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Calumet High School.

The day includes free health screenings and an "ask the experts" panel. Broadening the event's focus, there's also a Zumba class, a fashion show, tai chi, decorating demos, massage, a mini "boot camp," Qigong, cooking demos and a new food court.

Kim Pici, diagnostic imaging supervisor at Aspirus Keweenaw, said one of the goals this year was to appeal to females of all ages. Family nurse practitioner Shannon Handler will give a talk on health for young women, while dietician Beth Cook will talk about healthy eating habits for teenage girls.

"We're kind of excited about this, that we're going to have something to offer for everyone this year," Pici said.

Other presentations by Aspirus staff include Zuhair Ghanem on cervical cancer prevention and early detection, Bonnie Hafeman on water birth and Patricia Koskiniemi on the Idaho 9-inch plate method for healthy eating.

Screenings will include blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and bone density (heel ultrasound). As with the rest of the event, the screenings will be free. Attendees will receive copies of their results; staff will also be on hand to discuss the numbers with them.

"If there's anything that's flagged a little bit, there'll be people there to point you in the right direction," Pici said.

One thing Aspirus learned from last year was the need to have food for people at a several-hour event. This year's has a food court with local vendors and the Aspirus Keweenaw kitchen, which will be located in the Calumet High School gym.

This year's event will have more than 60 vendors, including booths with items such as handmade jewelry.

"We want to focus not only on the healthy aspects of stuff, but having fun, too," Pici said.

Like last year, there will be goodie bags. But Pici is promising "more oomph." There will be 400 goodie bags at the door; the first 75 will have a secret gift.

"We put some effort into making this an event people really want to come to," she said.

Salon 1281 in Laurium will also be doing a fashion show with Aspirus Keweenaw employees as the models.

Last year's event drew almost 400 people, and Pici got positive responses well past the expo.

"We did very, very well for our first year," she said. "We're hoping that we beef that up this year."



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