Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Guest Blog: GRMC’s Women’s Health Focus and Baby Fair Focuses on Setting Boundaries

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at the Grinnell High School for the annual Women’s Health Focus, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

We women are responsible for so much. Moms and grandmas get the kids to school. We make the appointments with healthcare providers. Laundry. Caring for our aging parents and caring for our grandchildren. Yet, we still have to be “put together” out in the real world—both literally and figuratively.

I have a few solutions. The first: no more nylons. Don’t you feel better already? Just say no. (For those of you who like pantyhose, it’s OK. You can keep them. Just find your own boundaries.)

Second: Get your tickets for the fourth annual GRMC Women’s Health Focus, co-sponsored by GRMC and the Grinnell Regional Auxiliary. If you haven’t been to one, you really must check it out. No matter where you are on your life’s journey, the GRMC Women’s Health Focus offers a little something for everyone. We’ve even expanded this year’s event to include our annual Baby Fair. Both events have always been all about taking care of women, so it made sense to merge them.

This year’s keynote speaker, Colette Carlson, will discuss “The Truth about Balance: How to Stress Less and Laugh More.” She promises to take us on a heartfelt, humorous journey into our own lives and help us bring about the self-awareness that begins long-lasting change.

During her presentation Carlson will share with us how clear boundaries and thoughtful choices lead to greater satisfaction and stronger results, whether we are never-been mothers, expecting mothers, new mothers, been-around-the-block mothers, or grandmothers.

The GRMC Women’s Health Focus and Baby Fair is a relaxed night out with the girls. Scott Gruhn and the catering staff from the Mayflower Community will do all the cooking. This year’s menu includes: Pasta primavera, stuffed chicken breast, steakhouse salad, sweet and sour pork stir fry, fresh vegetable salad, fruit and cheese tray, assorted breads, and a wonderful dessert table.

Childcare is also available at a minimal charge that includes a meal and fun activities for kids. Plenty of educational booths will inform us about healthcare opportunities in area communities. We are also offering some “retail therapy,” with 11 select vendors selling unique merchandise.
And did I mention there’s a lot of free swag for you to take home? Door prizes include massages, fitness center memberships, a Flip camera, and jewelry from Bill’s Jewelry.

But no more nylons. I swear. That is my clear boundary. I’m letting go of what doesn’t work for me. How about you? What doesn’t work for you?

In addition to the Grinnell Regional Auxiliary, other partners who help make this night possible for you are Family Medicine, Grinnell College, Harkin Wellness, Mercy Health Network, Woodard Hearing Center, Grinnell Eye Care, Iowa Radiology, Grinnell Family Care, Maytag Laundry and Tanning, and Windstream Communications.

Tickets are just $18 per person if purchased by Sept. 24. After that date, tickets are $25. For tickets, go to http://tinyurl.com/2010whf . Everyone who registers online will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate at The Glass Gift Box. Tickets are also available at The Glass Gift Box.

Scholarships are also available. To find out if you are eligible, please contact Sheryl Baarda at 641-236-2326.

The best thing of all about the Women’s Health Focus and Baby Fair is that the most amazing women show up and have a good time. I hope to see you there.

Denise Lamphier
Director of Communications and Development

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