By Jil Fiemeyer
The 2013 Women’s Day Out event, with a refreshed look and new time and location was a huge success with more than 640 women participating. The Tri-County Health Care’s women’s health event was held on Sunday at M-State in Wadena.
“I believe we met our goal to enhance Women’s Day Out for women of all ages and stages in the Tri-County Health Care service area,” said Kathy Kleen, Tri-County Health Care Chief Nursing Officer. “I am proud to be part of an organization committed to women’s health and willing to use its resources to host a free event designed specifically for busy moms, daughters and best friends.”
The event opened with educational health booths on various health topics. Booths included information on Rehabilitation, Radiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Obstetrics, Gynecological Surgery, Diabetic Education, Dietary Services, Surgery, Outreach and MyChart. “In addition to all the handouts and goodies, there were several hands-on opportunities for attendees,” said Kleen. “Participates could sign-up for MyChart at the event, get their blood pressure checked or do a body fat analysis, if they so wished.”
Women were encouraged to visit the educational booths, enjoy the breakout sessions and maybe even learn a cooking trick or two from Derek Olson of Harvest Thyme Bistro. “The day was dedicated to the women in our communities. The schedule was created to allow women to come and go throughout the afternoon as it fit into their schedule,” said Holly Weller, Tri-County Health Care Events Coordinator. “Several moms also took advantage of the free daycare option allowing them the opportunity to get the most out of the afternoon.”
The keynote speaker, Kristin Geer, concluded the afternoon’s events and captured the audience with her personal and inspirational message. Her endearing presentation “The Tinfoil Cape: Superwomen’s Guide to Surviving Life’s Toughest Trials” inspired an overflowing room of women to have faith when the next storm cloud hits their path. Kristin is an Emmy-winning, investigative reporter who left television news after she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2005.
Several prizes were awarded at the conclusion of the event, including a first-ever grand prize. The grand prize winner of a Kindle Fired HDX was Pat Slifer of Menahga.