March 28, 2007

Get Healthy Ideas during Women's Health and Fitness Fair

Jane Curry

A relaxation labyrinth, rock climbing, yoga, spinning, health screenings and massages are just a few of the services available during the Women's Health and Fitness Fair at Case Western Reserve University.

Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women in partnership with the Department of Physical Education and Athletics and University Health Services, the fair will provide a full morning of activities designed to promote physical and mental wellness and encourage women faculty, staff and students to develop healthful behaviors. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 29 in the Veale Center.

A goal of the health and fitness fair is to highlight health information on campus and encourage as many as possible to take part in fitness-related activities, explains Katie Hanna, women's health advocate for the Center for Women.

"The Women's Health and Fitness Fair is an opportunity to take time for health. Part of what we want to do is introduce what Veale has to offer and show people how they can incorporate fitness into their daily lives," explains Hanna, who also is a co-organizer of the fair.

Supporting this premise are such organizations as the athletic department, the university-owned 1-2-1 Fitness Center, University Health Service, the Gathering Place, Net Wellness, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and, chief sponsor and supporter, the Friedman-Klarreich Family Foundation. Certified staff from these organizations will lead workshops, demonstrations and other hands-on activities.

In conjunction with the health and fitness fair, the Center for Women is celebrating Women's History Month by bringing in noted storyteller, humorist and performer Jane Curry. She will give a free performance her one-woman show, "Nice Girls Don't Sweat," at 7 p.m. in Strosacker auditorium. "Nice Girls" relays women's experiences with athletics over time, using the themes of gender issues, femininity, propriety and physical capabilities.

The fair will commence with a 5K walk and run at 7:45 a.m. through campus and University Circle. Proceeds from the walk/run will benefit Hitchcock Center for Women, a residential treatment center for women and mothers seeking to become free of chemical dependency. Participants will receive T-shirts and other novelties. The registration fee is $10 and people can register by e-mailing Kathy Lanese . Following the walk/run, a series of free one-hour workshops that focus on nutrition, mental health and fitness will begin at 9 a.m. in the Veale Center.

Attendees can also sign up in advance to receive health screenings for little or no cost including cholesterol screenings, bone density, blood pressure testing, body composition and mammograms.

A team from University Hospitals Case Medical Center will provide digital mammograms scheduled in 30-minute increments beginning at 8 a.m. Digital mammography offers important benefits to women, Hanna explains. Digital mammography uses new detection technologies and computers instead of film to record, store and enhance the breast images. Images are available more quickly because the technician does not have to develop film. In addition, technicians can adjust the images for size, quality or focus, reducing the likelihood of returning for an additional screening. Proof of insurance will be required. To schedule an appointment, call 216-844-3097.

Says Hanna, "Come out and sample the free workshops [like rock climbing or spinning], and take part in the workshop called 'Creating Your own Fitness Routine.'" She adds that men are welcome to participate in the 5K walk and run, as well as try out some of the fitness stations or take part in the screenings.

For a complete list of workshops and other activities, visit the Women's Health and Fitness Fair Web site.

For more information contact Marsha Bragg, 216.368.6949.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 28, 2007 09:44 AM | News Topics: Healthcare, Provost Initiatives

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