2014 HealthFirst Women’s Health Expo Announced

Health First LogoBatesville, Ark - First Community Bank and White River Medical Center (WRMC) have again partnered to offer the women of the Batesville area a fresh approach to women’s health.  On Tuesday, October 14th, from 4:00 to 7:00, HealthFirst Women’s Health Expo will be presented at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. In addition to offering health screenings administered by licensed health professionals, this year’s event also emphasizes the benefits of stress relief.

“Women often spend so much time taking care of others that they neglect their own health and well-being,” said Michele Wood, Director of Marketing at WRMC.  “For the past three years, we’ve had the great fortune to work with First Community Bank to give the women of our community a fun night out.  Each year, women come with girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters to focus on their health in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. This year, we’ll have a free photo booth set up to capture fun pictures of the event to serve as a reminder to women that having fun is an important part of life.” 

The primary purpose of the Expo is to raise awareness of women’s health issues while providing practical options for prevention and overall good health. Free Screenings for blood sugar, blood pressure, stroke risk, cholesterol, bone density, body mass, diabetic foot assessments, and LASIK eye checks will be conducted on site. White River Health System (WRHS) will be introducing and providing enrollment assistance for My WRHS Health.  My WRHS Health provides secure online access to a patient’s personal health record. The portal allows patients to easily keep track of their medical records, appointments and more. MedKeys, a prescription drug tracking system for those with multiple prescriptions, will again be provided this year.

There will also be booths with a focus on teaching participants to unwind, de-stress and rest.

“As a busy woman, I sometimes feel guilty about spending time on myself,” said Laura Cornett, Marketing Director for First Community Bank and one of the event’s coordinators.  “It’s easy to forget that getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, eating right and making time to take care of myself is not only important, it’s necessary for long-term good health. This year’s expo will highlight the importance of focusing at least part of your time on your health.  After all, if we are not healthy, we can’t care for those who need us.”

Drawings will be held at the expo for a spa package giveaway, which will include a two nights’ room accommodation for two at the Austin Convention Hotel and Spa in Hot Springs, two breakfast buffet vouchers, free admission to a local attraction, two vouchers for 20-minute mineral baths and 30-minute Swedish massages. 

While supplies last, each guest 18 years or older will receive a free hanging cosmetic bag and wholesome food will be available to purchase from the Main Street Farmers’ Market vendors.  Refreshments for the evening will feature the work of WRMC Executive Chef Blake Wilbanks and offer healthy ways to prepare comfort foods.