Monday, September 27, 2010

Pekin Hospital Invites Women to Attend Spirit Girls’ Night Out

Pekin Hospital is hosting an entertaining and informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM  in partnership with Reader’s Digest, ResMed and the Vascular Disease Foundation to help women indulge in their “Best Health Now” on Thursday, October 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Pekin Moose Lodge located at 2605 Broadway in Pekin.  This event is designed to offer women valuable information about breast health, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) prevention, and healthy sleep – better known as better breasts, better legs, better rest! In addition to education, women can enjoy screenings, giveaways, mini-spa stations, chocolate, and lots of other fun activities.

Health education and fun activities will be woven throughout the three-hour evening to emphasize the importance of awareness of common health issues affecting women today. Besides important educational segments, the night will also include food, health and beauty tips, fitness options, and more.  The event is free to attend.  Please call (309) 353-0662 to register.

“Although the primary purpose of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is to educate women about the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases, the real power of this event is in women coming together in an atmosphere of fun and indulgence to learn and share ideas for better health,” says Tanya Abreu, President and National Program Director, Spirit of Women Hospital Network.  “It is the energizing ‘Spirit’ that drives these events in more than 65 cities around the United States and encourages women to take action for their health.”

Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women and claims the lives of more than 40,000 women every year in this country (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC). The core of Spirit Girls’ Night Out is the prevention and awareness that fuels action: early detection saves lives! DVT and PE are an important and growing public health issue. According to the CDC, up to 400,000 Americans have DVT. Of the 100,000–200,000 who have PE, nearly one-third (30,000–60,000) will die from it. According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders and intermittent sleep problems that can significantly diminish health, alertness and safety. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.

Spirit Girls’ Night Out is organized and hosted by Pekin Hospital, a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, with support provided by Reader’s Digest, ResMed and The Vascular Disease Foundation. More than 65 other members of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network will also host Spirit Girls’ Night Out events in September, October and November.
  
Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs.  Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere.  Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. To learn more, please visit spiritofwomen.com.

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