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Women’s Wellness Fair at Blue Hill hospital

Posted June 10, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — Blue Hill Memorial Hospital will hold its second annual  Women’s Wellness Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Bay School in Blue Hill. Lead sponsors for the event include Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, The Bay School, and Cape Rosier Consulting.  The event is free and open to the public, and will include activities and information for women of all ages.

Volunteers from The Bay School will host children’s activities, so that mothers, grandmothers and caregivers are able to experience all the fair has to offer – on their own.  “We are really excited to offer this event once again in our community,” says Kelley Columber, community relations manager at the hospital and a mother of two young children from East Blue Hill, according to a press release. “Some of our activities are typical of a health fair, such as blood pressure screenings, diabetes and nutrition assessments, and cholesterol tests. We’re also offering screenings that are geared specifically toward women, such as breast exams and bone density testing.”

In addition to services offered by Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, the fair will highlight other community health resources. Several local businesses and organizations are participating, such as the At Home Downeast, Healthy Peninsula, Coastal Eye Care, and the Sleep Center of Maine (a department of Eastern Maine Medical Center). The Blue Hill YMCA also will share information about their programs and provide women with the opportunity to register for the Aug. 3 BHMH Fun Run. The hospital is thrilled to announce that Annie Grindle and Joy Bragdon, Blue Hill YMCA personal trainers, will serve as  Fun Run race directors this year. 

Women who attend the fair will have an opportunity to meet complementary healers and practitioners, such as Acupuncture in Blue Hill, Blue Hill Healing, Art of living Well.

“We know that we have many women in our area who are committed to exploring modalities such as Reiki, acupuncture, therapeutic touch, SHEN, yoga, Tai Chi, and ayurvedic medicine to complement what is currently offered by our hospital and its practices,” says Connie Barrett, R.N. and chief nursing officer for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Barrett notes that the hospital is certainly interested in integrating many of these approaches into its patient care areas, and views the fair as a step toward meeting that goal and a great opportunity to collaborate.

The June fair, however, is about more than healthcare; it is designed to encourage and inspire women to take care of themselves and each other. Participants can enjoy mini spa treatments such as skincare consultations, manicures, massages, and make-up lessons. Women from Seacret Direct, Mackenzie Kelley Skin Care, and I Do will help to ensure that participants relax and have fun while learning about wellness at every age. Delicious, local food and beverages will also be available as well as a performance by Ellacapella, a local women’s singing ensemble. 

 

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