Good Samaritan Hospital will host its 14th annual Women's Wellness Expo from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Highland Woods Community Center, 1377 S. Hart Street Road.

From free health screenings to shopping and, new this year, a cooking demonstration, the event has a little something for every woman.

“Over the past few years we've been looking to incorporate new things,” said Tiffany Conover, the hospital's director of marketing. “Through our cancer program, for cancer survivors, we often do cooking demonstrations.

“We thought people might enjoy that, to see how something is prepared from start to finish, so we're bringing that aspect to the expo this year.”

Hospital dietitians will be doing a black bean and corn salad.

“We wanted to sue a recipe that is very simple,” Conovor said. “This one will be easy for people to make. And it's a healthy choice. That was something else we wanted to incorporate as well, a way for people to eat healthier.”

The hospital first launched the women's health event primarily as a way to offer free health screenings. Eventually, local vendors were added, then group fitness classes, all in an effort to keep it fresh.

Last year, Conover said, the women's health expo drew 350 participants.

The hospital, too, hosts a free Men's Health Tune-up in the fall to target local men.

It's all in keeping with the hospital's ongoing mission of community health, Conover said.

“Part of our mission is to promote health and wellness to our community,” she said. “Doing these programs is a way for us to give back to our community and also to give them a chance to have those free screenings to find out where they are in their health. We want our community to be healthy.

“And if they find an issue, we're here to help them with that, too.”

Hospital president and chief executive officer Rob McLin said he looks forward to this event every year.

“Offering this health-focused and fun-filled night for the women in our community aligns with our mission,” he said in a press release issued by the hospital. “We encourage all women to come out and take advantage of the free screenings and other information offered throughout the night.”

In addition to the screenings, health-related presentations and shopping vendors, food will be served and prices awarded throughout the night.

The free health screenings include bone density, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol (LDL and HDL), colorectal take-home kits, glomerular filtration rate (kidney function) and more. Fasting for 10 to 12 hours before these screenings is recommended, but not required. Multiple hospital department booths will also be available offering information about certain health risks women often face.

No appointment is necessary.

To learn more about the event or to see the night’s agenda, visit gshvin.org/wellnessexpo.

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