In honor of National Women’s Health Week, which is being celebrated May 14 -20, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals—Office of Public Health and the Capitol City Family Health Center are sponsoring a special day for women to call attention to the importance of women’s health and prevention measures.
Spring into Good Health will be held on Monday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capitol City Family Health Center at 4000 Gus Young Avenue in Baton Rouge, La.
Attendees will be served a continental breakfast, as well as jambalaya, peach punch and salad for lunch. Women will also have the opportunity to meet with vendors and make medical, dental and mammogram appointments as well as appointments for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which provides nutritious foods, nutrition information and referrals to other health and social services. In addition, Dr. Sheila Davis, associate director for Health Policy at the Cobb Institute in Washington will speak about women’s health issues. All women who attend the event will receive a gift.
Several other events have also been planned for the week, including a health fair and a Body Basics for Girls class.
“Love Check-ups for You and the Ones You Love,” is the theme for Louisiana’s Office on Women’s Health during National Women’s Health Week. The Office on Women’s Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urges every Louisiana woman to schedule a “Love Check-up” with her doctor or to visit her parish health unit.
“One of the best gifts you can give yourself and those you love is to schedule an annual visit with a health care provider,” says Dr. Wanda Jones, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Office on Women’s Health encourages women to talk to their health care provider about the recommended screening tests and immunizations for their age and background. Learn more about these recommendations by visiting http://www.womenshealth.gov/screeningcharts/.
See attachment for all regional events. For more information on events, contact LDH State Women’s Health Coordinator Trina Evans Williams at 504-568-6636.
Spring Into Good Health
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Capitol City Family Health Center
4000 Gus Young Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
My Personal Health Record
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Woman’s Center for Wellness
Jefferson Highway at Bluebonnet Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Complimentary age-specific health record keepers will be given out at Outpatient Services and the Fitness Club at Women’s Center for Wellness.
Body Basics for Girls
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
9050 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
A class for 9-12 year old girls and their mothers to learn about changes to expect during puberty. Contact – 225-924-8444 for more information.
Family Fun Day/Health Fair Event
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
11453 Highway 73
Geismar, LA 70734
The Baton Rouge AIDS Society is sponsoring this event that will have local health care/service providers on hand to pass out literature and speak with those in attendance. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. A spacewalk will be provided, as well as face painting and other fun activities.