|May 8, 2009 - Women are often the caregivers for their spouses, children, and parents, and neglect their own health. But research shows when women take even the simplest steps to improve their health, the health of their family improves. That’s why National Women’s Health Week is observed immediately following Mother’s Day each year. This year’s theme is “It’s Your Time,” and Knox County Health Department is hosting events devoted to women’s health on Tues., May 12, at its Dameron Avenue facility and on Wednesday, May 13 at other locations. The public is invited to participate at NO Cost in these National Women’s Health Week events and activities:
Tuesday, May 12
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Free Pap Smears — Knox County Health Department and Volunteer State Health Plan will provide free pap smears two KCHD locations. Free pap smears are limited to 75 women who meet the following criteria: Haven’t had a pap smear in three years; don’t have insurance; or the insurance doesn’t cover pap smears. Call 215-5016 to schedule an appointment.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Cooking on a Budget Demonstration — Chef John Antun from the University of Tennessee Culinary Arts Institute will demonstrate how to feed a family of four for $20 using nutritious, easy-to-find ingredients.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., It’s Your Time for Health Fair — Knox County Health Department on Dameron Avenue will take on a festive atmosphere with tents around the campus offering information and screenings including body mass index measurement, blood pressure checks, HIV and other STD testing, skin lesion analysis, free hair trims, information on physical activity, yoga demonstrations, dental health and more. The Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center will be there for mobile mammograms (patient’s insurance will be billed, TennCare is accepted. Call 215-5160 for an appointment.).
Wednesday, May 13
11 a.m. – noon, Balance and Exercise Demonstration at the Carter Senior Center at 9040 Asheville Highway. Class participation is welcome and encouraged. Health related information will be available regarding fall prevention, including the four national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practice areas of balance/mobility/exercise, medication management, vision and home safety.
6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Free Gym Use and Exercise Classes, the downtown YWCA at 605 Clinch Avenue is offering a free day of exercise. Women may attend any classes being offered that day free of charge. A class schedule is available online at www.ywcaknox.com or by calling 523-6126.
Knox County Health Department is committed to promoting public health practices that safeguard and improve quality of life for all residents. The Health Department offers an array of services ranging from medical and dental care, disease control, emergency preparedness, air quality management, environmental services, and food preparation oversight in public places, special programs for women with children and much more. For more information on Knox County Health Department, visit www.knoxcounty.org/health. Public input on health issues is welcome at www.healthyknox.blogspot.com