VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers to host 18th Annual Women’s Health Day September 26

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon are excited to announce they will soon be hosting their 18th Annual Women’s Health Day wellness event Tuesday, September 26 at the Waukon Banquet Center. All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m. This year the menu will consist of a full salad buffet, sandwiches, beverages and dessert.

The theme for this year’s event is “Embracing Life at all Stages.”  Featured speakers for the Women’s Health Day program will include Alex Berns, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Waukon Clinic, who will speak on his experience as a Hospice Care Nurse. His presentation, entitled “Clearing the Air About Hospice Care,” will help explain how Hospice Care works, how to qualify and the different levels of Hospice care available.

The three Hospice agencies who provide services in the area, including St. Croix Hospice, Crossing Rivers Hospice, and Winneshiek Medical Hospice, will all be hosting a display table of information on their Hospice services at the event.

Behavioral Health specialist Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Waukon Clinic, will also be presenting again this year, focusing on what to say and not to say to anyone struggling with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts.

Lastly, dietitian and nationally acclaimed speaker Jill Fleming will follow-up with an inspirational, motivational presentation on how to “Connect with Kindness like a P.R.O.” and embracing the circle of life.

The doors will open for this event at 11 a.m., with the luncheon and program speakers beginning at Noon.  Those able to take a longer lunch break may enjoy the free health testing and education available from 11 a.m. to Noon and again following the luncheon program. To honor one-hour lunch breaks, participants are also invited to attend just the program and luncheon, which will be held to one hour.

The ticket cost of the Women’s Health Day event is $15 per person. For that fee, all those attending will receive a goodie bag filled with coupons, samples and general health information, in addition to the luncheon, health testing and program. Everyone purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a Ladies’ 14kt yellow gold diamond and genuine green garnet pendant on an 18” yellow gold rope chain (retail value $1,000), compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon.

Tickets are available for purchase at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Clinics and Elliott Jewelers. Individuals need not be present to win. Proceeds will be used to purchase technimount crash safety arms for the cardiac monitors in all three ambulances at VMH. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.