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River Park holds women's wellness event
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“All About Your Health” was the theme for the women’s health and wellness event held Thursday at River Park Hospital.
Several women took advantage of the health fair, taking the opportunity to visit with health care personnel and a variety of representatives from businesses providing services important to women of all ages.
Beth Fricke’s Shelf Reliance booth was a hit, with visitors trying samples of freeze-dried fruit and vegetables.
“The company was started to help people be self-reliant, and it has grown with people enjoying the foods in their every day lives,” said Fricke. 
Freeze drying is a process that allows food to be shelf stable while keeping the maximum amount of nutrients. It’s convenient, has a long shelf life, and is very low in preservatives.
Janice Breedlove said as she tried a sample, “It’s actually very good. The pineapple tastes just like a fresh pineapple does.”
River Park had several booths showcasing its many services to area patients: rehabilitation services, family birth unit, diagnostic imaging, surgery services, ER and nursing. Mammography tech Susan McAbee was in attendance, stressing the importance of annual mammograms for women over the age of 40 or with a family history.
Another popular spot was Wink Skincare, with owner Cydney Langford answering questions and offering advice on skin care.
“I like to stress that what’s going on in the inside, such as any health issues or your stress level, shows on the outside,” said Langford. “It’s all about feeling good about yourself — when you feel good, you look good.” 
Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Counties (STORC) director Deborah A. Lance and telemedicine outreach representative Nona Smith gladly explained their services to interested ladies. They work with River Park and local physicians to offer their services to high-risk pregnancy patients. They are Chattanooga based, but their goal is for mothers to be able to deliver their baby in their chosen hospital. 
River Park Hospital’s Family Birth Unit offered tours of the unit and gave out information on childbirth classes, breastfeeding and the importance of a full-term pregnancy. New unit director Felicia Young was on hand to greet attendees.
Saint Thomas Health teamed up with River Park’s nursing team to promote stroke awareness and provided wallet cards listing the signs of a stroke.
Guests filled complimentary shopping bags with literature, giveaways and enjoyed a delicious, and healthy meal provided by River Park Hospital’s dietary department.
A live women’s health Q&A session was also held, with Dr. Andrew Kastello, family nurse practitioner Theresa Hill, Saint Thomas chest pain and stroke clinical coordinator Amy Howard and River Park director of therapy services Kenny Kominos participating. Bill Zechman was the panel mediator.