BLOOMINGTON — What started 20 years in the past as a night to deal with women’s distinctive health wants has grown right into a wellness schooling and promotion occasion for your complete family.
That’s one purpose why Women’s Health Night stays related after 20 years, stated Kathi Franklin, government director of the Normal-based Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation, which presents the annual occasion.
The focus of Women’s Health Night stays illness prevention for women, Franklin stated. But the annual, free occasion — which attracted 1,800 individuals final yr — encourages women to deliver the lads and youngsters of their lives, she stated.
That strategy explains a few of modifications on this yr’s Women’s Heath Night, which shall be three to 7 p.m. April 24 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center, 302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington.
One change shall be giveaways for individuals who go to every health info sales space moderately than a visitor speaker. Previous visitor audio system have included Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sports Illustrated’s Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century, and Kathrine Switzer, the primary lady to formally enter and run within the Boston Marathon.
While giveaways have been part of Women’s Health Night, the rewards are extra substantial this yr and embrace a bicycle and trailer, a scooter and present playing cards for athletic footwear and dinners.
“For the 20th year, we thought, rather than spend money on a speaker, let’s spend money on the community,” Franklin stated. Rewarding individuals for visiting cubicles encourages individuals to get health info alongside the best way, she stated.
Another change this yr will probably be a Kids Zone together with health courses and security info. Fitness courses additionally will probably be provided for adults.
Youth Mental Health First Aid might be provided from eight a.m. to five p.m. for adults who need to discover ways to assist adolescents experiencing a psychological health or addictions disaster. Sign up at www.surveymonkey.com/r/YMHFA042418.
Other occasion highlights will embrace health screenings by each Bloomington-Normal hospitals, the Community Cancer Center and different health care suppliers; eye glasses cleansing and changes by Eye Surgical Associates; a Fleet Feet Fun Run; an ISU student-athlete Q&A; youth bronchial asthma info; companion canine and greater than 70 cubicles with health schooling.
“Women’s Health Night is just as relevant as it was 20 years ago because we still have a lot to learn,” Franklin stated. “You’re by no means completed studying about your self. Your physique modifications.
“Health is not only a fad,” she said. “It’s a life-style. And we will study collectively.”
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