University Health Care Connects Women To Wellness With Health Fair

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Women and Wellness

Women in Utah have largely ignored preventive care as evidenced by rankings released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Utah ranks near the bottom of the country in several key areas of women's preventive health, including cholesterol screening, routine checkups, pap smears, mammography, and occult blood screening. A new Center of Excellence in Women's Health at the University of Utah is trying to change that fact. On May 17, the Center is sponsoring the Women's Health Fair at University Health Care's Madsen Health Center, 555 S. Foothill Blvd, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

According to Kathleen Digre, M.D., director of the U's Center of Excellence in Women's Health and professor of neurology and ophthalmology, the health fair is an opportunity to educate women on some key health issues and teach them simple steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease.

Attendees can visit a dozen rooms, each devoted to a different health issue, and obtain information on that topic, a list of resources for getting help or treatment in that area, and a screening tool to assist with knowing if one is at risk and should seek further advice. Each room will be staffed by a University Health Care physician, nutritionist, physical therapist, nurse or other specialist who can answer questions. The topics include

- bone health

- mental health

- heart health

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- reproductive endocrinology

- contraception options

- fitness and nutrition

- massage therapy

- aesthetics

- hormone replacement therapy

- adolescent health (including the HPV vaccine)

In addition, representatives from the Utah Department of Health and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library will be on hand. Attendees can learn about Utahhealthnet, an online resource for finding health information throughout the state.

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