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Inland Celebrates 20 Years of Women's Wellness

Release Date: 04/19/2017

More than 550 women came together for a day of learning, pampering, and fun at Inland Hospital’s 20th annual World of Women’s Wellness health fair on April 1, 2017, at Thomas College in Waterville. Even an “April Fools” snowstorm on the day of the event didn’t deter those determined to enjoy the offerings of this annual outing with family and friends. 

Since its 1998 inception in the halls and conference rooms of the hospital, Women’s Wellness continues to grow and succeed thanks to the coordinated efforts of hundreds of Inland and Lakewood employees, community volunteers and collaborating partners.  In addition to the event’s traditional offerings of wellness screenings, exhibitors, spa and complementary health services, and cooking demonstrations, a new feature at this year’s event - the Women’s Wellness Pop-Up Shop featuring local women-owned businesses - was a popular and busy spot throughout the day.

As attendees entered the gymnasium, they were greeted by bright, spring-colored balloon arches that highlighted Inland’s special exhibit area – the EMHS Center for Women’s Health at Inland, featuring a variety of women’s healthcare services.  Bridgette Gemelli, Inland’s Community Health Navigator, noted, “Women’s Wellness brings awareness to our community that Inland cares about well-being beyond medical issues. This event is an opportunity to show how much we honor and care for women in our community.”

Attendees indicated on their event evaluations that they were motivated to adopt healthier lifestyle habits and try new things based on the day’s learnings and interactions with healthcare professionals and representatives of local organizations at the various exhibits.  Many noted that were particularly inspired to eat healthier foods, be more physically activity, and drink more water. Also noteworthy was newfound enthusiasm for practicing mindfulness and spending more time being creative after experiencing these activities at the gathering.

Two on-stage demonstrations that offered participants fun opportunities to learn nutritious, easy cooking tips were a big hit! Mary Lavanway, Hannaford Dietitian, demonstrated “Avocados –The What, How & Why” and later cooked up a Mediterranean dish with Dr. Bill Bradfield from Inland Women’s Health Care. The local Hannaford team generously served up a variety of delicious samplings throughout the day at their popular booth.

Appreciation is extended to event sponsors, Hannaford and ProMovers with special thanks to Central Maine Motors Auto Group and Fedco Seeds for their event support.