Women of Tooele County are invited to spend Saturday celebrating and caring for themselves at the eighth annual Mountain West Medical Center Healthy Woman Event.
The event will be held at Tooele High School, 301 W. Vine St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the first three hours, there will be a variety of different breakout sessions for women to choose from, as well as a health fair.
At noon, lunch will be served by Elizabeth’s Catering followed by a keynote speaker. The event will end around 2 p.m. with door prizes. Phil Eaton, MWMC’s new chief executive officer, will also be at the event to introduce himself to the community.
Most of the breakout sessions will be taught by MWMC physicians and administrators. The breakout sessions will address topics such as allergies, tonsils and throat problems, tubes and ear issues, hemorrhoid treatment, growing a vegetable garden, home organization, breast health, weight loss surgery, celiac disease and eating gluten free, fad diets, common childhood illnesses, kidney stones, child safety, depression and mental health issues, vein disease and treatments, incontinence, thyroid disease, gynecological issues, prenatal care and caring for family members.
“There’s a lot of good health topics,” said Becky Trigg, director of marketing for the hospital and Healthy Woman coordinator. “These sessions are a good way to get more information about things like weight loss surgery, gluten-free diets and common mental illnesses.”
While the breakout sessions are going on, a health fair will also take place. Trigg suggested that women plan on attending two breakout sessions and reserve the rest of the time to browse the health fair. There will be more than 20 different local medical clinics at the health fair providing information, as well other community groups, local banks and retail stores.
“We will be offering free screenings for blood pressure, pulse oximetry, blood glucose and body fat,” Trigg said. “Plus, there will be vendors like Paparazzi Jewelry and Damsel in Defense. There will also be a lot of health information about health care options in Tooele County.”
After lunch, the keynote speaker will be Lisa Smartt, who is a motivational humorist from Dresden, Tenn. She travels nationally to speak to women at events like Healthy Woman. Her message at the event will be “Hope for women who can’t find their keys — confessions of an imperfect woman.”
“With so many stresses that women have in life, [Lisa’s] going to bring a lot of laughter to that,” Trigg said. “It’s good to laugh and just learn about having that kind of humor. Women should really enjoy it.”
Tickets for the event are $20 each and can be purchased at MWMC or online at www.mountainwestmc.com. Tickets will remain on sale until they are sold out, and if there are tickets still available the day of, they will be sold at the door, Trigg said. As of Wednesday afternoon, around 150 tickets were still available.
“Healthy Woman is a unique event that caters to women,” she said. “It’s a time to get out, be with friends and talk about women’s issues. Women can just take some ‘me time.’”
MWMC started the Healthy Woman Program in April 2005 to help women understand health and life-balance issues. The program is geared toward women ages 25 to 65. Trigg said 2,200 women are a part of the program.
For more information on the Healthy Woman program or to become a member, visit www.mountainwestmc.com and click on Healthy Woman.