Well Woman Day – one-stop shopping on women’s health issues

Eric McCarthy
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Focusing on staying healthy

Cindy Sweet keeps an eye on the procedure as licensed practical nurse Tanya Ellsworth checks her blood pressure. Sweet used her dinner break from work to take advantage of Health PEI’s Well Woman Day, held Wednesday at the O’Leary Health Centre. Area women dropped in throughout the day to learn about women’s health issues and what they can do to help maintain good health.

 

O’LEARY -- On display in a room where participants went to get their blood pressure checked during Well Woman Day Wednesday at the O’Leary Health Centre were cans of soup, boxes of cereal and other food items.

There’s a definite tie-in, explained Primary Care Nurse Christine Phillips.

Most of the foods in the display were high in sodium, a leading cause of high blood pressure.

Various other displays and services were spread throughout the Health Centre.

Go!PEI had a booth set up as did Mental Health services, Public Health Nursing, Blood-glucose and blood pressure testing, Family Violence Prevention, Nutrition Services, Pharmacy, massage therapy and physiotherapy. While most of the approximately 35 participants in Well Woman Day simply walked in to learn more about good health, those who wished to take advantage of the opportunity to have a pap test arrived by appointment.

There was also information on COPD and smoking cessation.

Jean Bulger of Cascumpec was intent on taking full advantage of the services and information all aimed at helping women maintain good health.

“It’s great,” she said, sounding quite relaxed while wrapped up in an insulated blanket on a massage therapist’s table.

Organizations: O’Leary Health Centre, Nutrition Services

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