Visi tors attend the 2012 Annual Healthy Woman Expo at Eastern New Mexico-Medical Center, Saturday. Mark Wilson Photo
The 2012 Healthy Woman Expo took place Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Women of all ages and demographics attended and took advantage of free massages, health screenings and tons of health care information that was available to them.
Brooke Linthicum, ENMMC marketing director, said the full spectrum of health care was covered that day as every single clinic and specialized department at the center was represented. There were more than 35 vendors offering everything from food and nutrition tips, to breast cancer prevention information to even Jazzercise and Curves gym representatives. Linthicum said it was a great chance for women to come out and get questions answered.
“It gives the people the opportunity to come out, and if there’s something they’ve had a question about or had a thought, ‘Maybe I should see somebody about this?’ — then they have this opportunity to come out and interact.”
She noted that because many of the doctors were in attendance, that it was a great chance to speak with them one-on-one and really get to know them, something most people can’t do outside of scheduled appointments. One of those doctors was Dr. William Logue, who began working with the center that week. He said he wanted to not only introduce himself to the community, but introduce people to treatment options they may not have been aware of before.
“[I want] to make them aware that instead of having to drive 200 miles to get state-of-the-art thoracic, cardiac and vascular care, they now will have it here in town,” he said. “I think health fairs are good for community awareness. I think it’s also a means for the public to see what the community offers.”
Healthy Woman is a program sponsored by the medical center and the expo put on Saturday was the eighth annual. Linthicum said the goal is to empower women so that they might be able to help others take care of their health.
“We know that women are the primary caretakers of their families,” she said. “They make the health care decisions for their families whether it be their kiddos, their husband, their parents that are aging or whatever the case might be. So this is the opportunity for us to give women the information to make educated decisions for their families.”
She said though it’s geared for women, it’s open to men as well, and they always have a handful of men show up to receive information.
Jerrie McClain came with her two granddaughters in an attempt to not only keep herself healthy, but to show them the importance of taking care of their bodies and being informed. She said she enjoys attending the annual event.
“This is an awesome event for ladies,” she said. “You get all kinds of information on the doctors that are here and, we got all kinds of goodies to read up on, and you get a lot of little free items. It’s also for the information you get, and each year you learn new items that come out.”