Friday, June 10, 2011

Women's health fair a success

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: From left, Kathya Gavazzi, CNS; Laura Riley, MD; and Veronice Marroquin, RN, all of the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, at one of the booths at the fair

From free blood pressure checks to massage therapy gift certificate raffles, booths at "An Ounce of Prevention," a day-long women's health fair May 11 in the Bulfinch Tent, provided attendees with resources and information for living a long and healthy life. The event was sponsored by the Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in honor of National Women's Health Week.

"The fair, which we hope to host annually, provides tips, strategies and resources for women on how to remain healthy across the lifecycle," says Abigail MacDonald, LICSW, of MGH Social Services, who helped coordinate the event. "More than a dozen departments and services took part, and between 800 and 1,000 people attended."

Some participating departments and services, such as the Bulfinch Medical Group and the Department of Dermatology, offered free health screenings. Other booths held raffles or were staffed by caregivers who provided insight into important women's health topics, including breast cancer screening. Many booths handed out booklets and shared information about their services.

"I think it's great to have information from many different areas in one place," says Jean Stewart, RN, of the Department of Orthopaedicswho attended the event with several colleagues. "Women are often drawn to helping others, but it's important that we also take care of ourselves."

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