NORTH ADAMS -- Women of all ages are invited to enjoy a free "Girls' Night Out," courtesy of REACH for Community Health.
The annual event, held at North Adams Regional Hospital from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, will treat women to free 15-minute reiki, massage and reflexology sessions, as well as free mini-makeovers, facials, paraffin hand treatments and henna tattoos. There will also be opportunities for women to schedule mammogram screenings or to have one during the event.
"It's a fun night, with an educational component," Megan Bates, REACH program associate, said. "We'll have plenty of health information and wellness information available, from our staff and local vendors. We're really targeting women of all ages. We feel that you can never be too young to be concerned about your health. There's a lot of prevention information young women can benefit from too."
New to the event this year is the option to have a mammography screening on site.
"We had a woman who asked about the possibility [of having a screening during the event] last year," Bates said. "We talked about it and arranged to have a technician from the hospital's medical imaging department on hand for the night. The screenings are fairly quick."
Participants will also be able to talk with health and wellness experts from the NARH staff, including representatives from the hospital's physical therapy department, Northern Berkshire OB/GYN, the Visiting Nurse Association, and the Wound Healing Center of the Berkshires. The hospital's in-house dietitian, stroke support and tobacco treatment specialists also will be available.
"Our Breast Health Navigator Adrienna Strolle will be available for women," she said. "We'll also have CPR demonstrations and our ‘green team' will be providing information on how to ‘green' your kitchen."
Local businesses, providing demonstrations and information, include: the Lions Club Eye Mobile, which will provide vision and hearing check ups; Berkshire Organics; the Girl Scouts; The Dragon's Way; The Family Place; the Northern Berkshire YMCA; Avon; Berkshire Community College; Zen Tree Wellness; United Cerebral Palsy and Zumba at Steeple Valley Dance Studio.
"We think it's a fun way to expose women to things they've never heard about or experienced, such as reiki," Bates said. "Last year we had about 125 women participate. We're hoping for more this year."
The first 150 attendees will receive a thank you gift. Registration is encouraged but not required.
For more information or to RSVP, call Bates at 413-664-5321.