HANCOCK - The Portage Health Day for Women has become so popular, it's being conducted at Hancock High School rather than at the hospital to make it more comfortable for those attending on April 20, according to Angela Luskin.
Luskin, Portage Health community health coordinator, said about 120 people attended last year's annual event.
"My goal is 150 this year," she said.
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Marianne Bohjanen from Stanton Township talks with vendor Linda Kinnunen at the April 21, 2012 Day for Women in the lobby of Portage Health. This year’s event is set for 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20.
The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Luskin said. It's starting a half hour earlier than in previous years.
"We are starting early because it's a fasting screening," she said, meaning participants should not eat breakfast before the screening.
There will be screening for cholesterol, high density lipoproteins, low density lipoproteins and blood glucose, and Luskin said those tests require the person being tested to fast before the screenings.
Breakfast will be served to those attending after 8 a.m., and lunch will be served later.
The various activities for the event will take place in several locations in the school building, Luskin said, including the gymnasium and some of the classrooms.
Besides the screenings, Luskin said the day will include fitness activities, spa treatments, massages and education sessions by expert speakers, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, registered dietitians, and fitness and wellness experts.
"I'm very excited this year about our line-up of speakers," she said.
The Day for Women will have something for everyone from teens to women in their later years, Luskin said.
The cost for the event is $25, and registration must be done before the event, Luskin said, either by calling her at 483-1153, or by going online to portagehealth.org/dayforwomen.
Luskin said the $25 registration fee is a good deal.
"The screenings alone are (worth) over $200." she said.
All those who register will get a special gift, Luskin said.
There will be vendors at the event, and Luskin said she still has room for more. Those interested in taking part in the event should call her at 483-1153.
Some of the people attending the Day for Women have done so for years, Luskin said, and they often bring with them people who haven't attended in the past.
"It's an exceptional event," she said.