Free women's health fair scheduled April 10

The 14th annual In Her Honor Women’s Health Fair will offer free health screenings, fitness classes, a child-friendly activity center and self-defense demonstrations from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 10, at the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center.

The event is sponsored by the Conway Regional Women’s Council and is free and open to women of all ages to learn more about health and fitness. The health fair is being co-chaired by Pam Sims and Chasity Gilley.

“The Women’s Council is focusing on some important issues not only for women but also children in our community by bringing awareness to the problem of childhood obesity and women’s health,” said Sims. “We have a large population of women who do not have access to health care, and that’s what the health fair is focusing on. The health fair gets women into an arena to tap into resources that they may not be aware of.”

Gilley added, “A health fair like this can educate and empower women to be as healthy as they can be.” Gilley, a health coach with 10 years of experience in health care, understands the importance of free health fairs. “Education and prevention are the keys to preventing chronic illness. I’m really excited to be involved in putting the health fair together. I want to especially encourage the underinsured and uninsured members of our community to come out for the free screenings and resources that will be available.”

This is the second year the health fair has included a children’s activity area, self-defense instruction, prescription drug take-back service and a number of other services to appeal to a broad range of women.

Free screenings that will be available:
Basic Cholesterol & Glucose                                                   
Blood Pressure                                    
Bone Density
Posture Assessments & Balance Screenings                          
Sun Damage Assessments

Health & Safety Information:
Smart 911 Child Identification                                                  
Code Red Emergency Alert System Sign-up
Nutrition & Diabetes Education                                                
Stroke Prevention & Awareness                      
Chiropractic Information                                                           
Youth High Risk Behavior Prevention

Special Activities:
Kids’ Corner                                                                            
Assemble your own First Aid Kit                     
Fitness Classes                                                                       
Chair Massage                                    
Prescription Drug Take Back Program (7 to 10 a.m.)              
Women’s Self-Defense Instruction

Vendors will also provide information about such topics as senior services, stroke education, lactation, diabetes, oncology, therapy services, Women Run Arkansas, home health and Lifeline, hospice, Faulkner County EMS, mammography, bone density and others.

Almost 3,800 people have attended since the event began in 2002. A free continental breakfast, courtesy of Emeritus at Trillium Park, will be available for participants after they have participated in the screenings.

Women can become eligible for a door prize by visiting at least nine information booths.

The Conway Regional Women’s Council is an advocacy group of the Conway Regional Health Foundation that promotes women’s health education, provides fundraising support and offers volunteer services benefiting Conway Regional Health System. For more information, visit