Friday, May 11, 2012

Annual fair celebrates women’s health

Annual fair celebrates women’s health

HONORING ROLE MODELS: From left, Kalubi Mbuyi, RN, a Chelsea High School graduate who works at a nursing home in Malden, with Forgione and Marshall

Women of all ages gathered May 2 for “Celebrating Women, Living a Vibrant, Healthy Life,” an educational event to highlight women’s health issues and honor female role models in the community. The free public event, held at Everett High School, is hosted annually by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement and the MGH health centers.

The evening featured a health fair – with screenings, demonstrations and activities about topics ranging from smoking cessation to Reiki. The 500 participants also enjoyed a light dinner, ballroom dancing lessons and presentations by Wayne Wescott, PhD, director of the Exercise Science Program at Quincy College, and Rae Bararka, ACE-CPT, CFM, director of the Fitness and Employee Wellness Program at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center, who emphasized the importance of being active as part of this year’s event theme, “Women: Moving Through the Ages.”

In addition, MGH physician Mallika Marshall, MD, of the Chelsea HealthCare Center, presented six women with the annual MGH Celebrating Women Award. Selected by their local health centers, the recipients were introduced by high school students and graduates who had interviewed them prior to the event. The recipients are: Lee Forgione, a 92-year-old advocate for senior citizens in Chelsea; Felicia Coward, an education advisor and Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Charlestown Adult Literacy Program; Joanne Stroud-Lebeau, who works in the breast health outreach and education program and the women’s housing services program at the YWCA in Everett; Mary Romano, a longtime North End resident known for using her crocheting and baking talents for the good of others; Cindy Evans, PhD, principal of the Rumney Marsh Academy in Revere, who is highly active in her community; and Ruth Bernstein, a beloved former teacher, guidance counselor and coach from Winthrop High School.

Marshall was surprised with a special award to honor her commitment to women’s health and the community. She has been closely involved with “Celebrating Women, Living a Vibrant, Healthy Life” since it began in 2001.

Read more articles from the 5/11/12 Hotline issue.


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