Metroplex Health Systems hosted its fourth annual Women’s Health Day on Sunday, in conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, providing presentations, exhibitors and free health screenings.
Each Metroplex department held an exhibition presenting its services including heart health, the women’s center, under which is labor and delivery, rehabilitation, mammograms and breast imaging and the pharmacy.
Imaging Technician Anita Wheeler explained the importance of vigilance with breast health.
“Women should get mammograms yearly after age 40,” Wheeler said, “and everyone needs to do self-exams.”
The heart and vascular center presented information on heart health, with heart disease being the number one killer of women in the United States.
“The signs of a heart attack are very different in women than in men,” said Valerie Romero, manager of the cardiac catheterization lab. She provided posters and handouts with illustrated signs of a heart attack.
Physicians gave 15-minute presentations and answered questions from participants on topics specific to females, including podiatry and the effects of high heels on the feet, diabetes and weight loss.
Free health screenings were provided, including glucose testing, blood pressure, body mass index and bone density.
The biggest draw was the total cholesterol screening, said Latoya Ellis, wellness coordinator.
“You always want to know your numbers,” Ellis said. Participants were provided a copy of their results following each screening, which they can take to their doctors to follow up.
Clinical Dietician Kathryn McCammo provided two cooking demonstrations for guests along with tastings.
“Many women have problems with anemia,” McCammo said. The dish she prepared was created to add vitamins to iron rich meals. She used ginger root, hoping to “demystify” it and demonstrate its proper preparation.
The goal of the event was to provide women with information on all areas of their health, said spokeswoman Shelley Humphrey, especially since many women put their family’s well-being ahead of their own.