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Women's Night Out draws 650

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Wendy Samson, president and development coach at FutureSYNC, was the keynote speaker at Women's Night Out as well as the emcee for the doctors' panel.

About 650 participants attended the 2011 Women's Night Out at the Wadena Memorial Auditorium to learn about health issues, receive screenings and hear a speaker on the theme, "The Wholeness of You."

Lisa Reddick, director of administrative services at Tri-County Health Care, said they had the best registration numbers they have had at any of their events to date, with 553 registered as of Monday morning plus walk-ins.

The first part of the evening included a variety of free screenings, educational booths and a wild rice and chicken dinner catered by Boondocks.

Reddick said that new displays this year included the surgery booth and the EPIC booth about electronic medical records, and there were new mini-sessions with home health and physical therapy.

Sleep disorders and dreams were among topics that piqued audience curiosity during the write-in question and answer session with four doctors, along with surgery options, cancer screenings, menopause, blood pressure and weight management.

Wendy Samson, president and development coach at FutureSYNC, emceed the physicians' panel and then spoke about healthy relationships and personal responsibility.

Reddick said she was "a huge hit."

"We've received a lot of feedback that women left feeling inspired and rejuvenated and ready to go out and make better choices and lead balanced lives," she said.

Women's Night Out is one of three large-scale, free events put on by the Tri-County Health Care Foundation. The other two are Men's Night Out and February Festival of Health.