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Record crowd attends TCH's 'Women's Night Out'

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More than 525 women of all ages laughed, danced and dined during Tri-County Hospital Foundation's annual "Women's Night Out" program on Oct. 1 and 2 in Wadena and New York Mills.

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"It was fun to see so many women enjoy an evening that offered a variety of activities just for them, such as health screenings, health-related booths, informative and motivational presentations, and even a taste of 'diva dancing,' " said Roxy Hejhal, Community Relations Manager at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

Motivational speaker, Chris Linnares, had women out of their chairs and following her lead to salsa- and samba-style dancing to high energy music. She intertwined her "diva dance" into several motivational self-help messages for women.

"We have an innate ability to completely change our lives," said Linnares with a wide smile, booming voice and thick Brazilian accent. "Life may not be a fairy tale, but we all deserve a happy ending."

Linnares shared with women how she endured a difficult period in her life, dealing with the death of her father, her daughter's stay in the Intensive Care Unit due to complications from a premature birth, her battle with post-partum depression and the 50-pound weight gain from pregnancy. She overcame these difficulties through dance, writing inspirational books and traveling around the country sharing her new twist on improving women's self esteem. A native of Brazil, Linnares and her husband, Bill Marcil Jr., and daughter live in Fargo, N.D.

Attendees also listened to presentations on incontinence by Tri-County Hospital's Rehab Department and personal safety presented by Naomi Kimber, City of Wadena police officer.

This year's event was sponsored by Tri-County Hospital Foundation, Tri-County Hospital Auxiliary, Wadena Medical Center, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Aldrich Lions, Bluffton Lions, Deer Creek Lions, Ottertail Lions, Sebeka Lions, Verndale Lions and Wadena Rotary.

To learn more about Women's Night Out and other health-education events provided by Tri-County Hospital Foundation, visit www.tricountyhospital.org.

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