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Keeping women healthy

October 15, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Blanche Raudio was feeling pretty good when she decided to check out the Copper Country Mental Health stress measuring device Saturday during the second annual Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital Women's Health Expo in the Calumet High School gymnasium.

Raudio, who is from Calumet, said she just received a massage from another vendor at the event, which meant the device for measuring stress gave her a good report.

"It was so nice," she said enthusiastically of the massage. "That's why I'm so relaxed."

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Kathy McEvers of Eagle River gets her blood glucose checked by Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital certified diabetes educator Elaine Parks, RN, Saturday during the second annual Aspirus Keweenaw Women’s Health Expo in the Calumet High School gymnasium.

This was her first time attending the expo, Raudio said, and she was glad she came because she was learning things she hadn't known about women's health.

Taryn Mack of CCMH said the agency participated in the first expo last year.

Those attending the expo Saturday who came by the CCMH booth to use the stress tester seemed to be unaffected by stress.

"Most people are calm and relaxed," Mack said.

Chuck Nelson, Aspirus Keweenaw chief executive officer, said soon after the doors opened at 10 a.m., attendance at the event already seemed higher than last year.

"It's starting brisker than last year," he said.

There were more vendors at the event than last year, also, Nelson said.

"The word did spread around," he said.

Because of the apparent popularity of the expo, Nelson said he expects it to continue into the future because of the concern locally for women's health and lifestyle issues.

"It's not just about health care," he said. "It's a growing segment of society."

Kathy McEvers of Eagle River was getting her blood glucose level checked by Aspirus Keweenaw registered nurse Elaine Parks.

McEvers said her reading gave her some useful information.

"I found out my number was a little higher than expected," she said. "I will have it rechecked."



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