SALEM - The third annual Women's Night Out which combines health and nutrition educational opportunities with shopping, eating, chocolate and tuxedo-clad men is set from 4 to 9 p.m. March 28 at the Salem Community Center.
The event caters to women, but benefits children through funding for the Children's Fitness Center and its programs within SCC.
SCC Executive Director Heather Young said the hope is for the women to have a night for themselves, but to also gain an education that could roll into a lifetime of changes and healthy options for themselves and their families.
Those changes could trickle down to the younger generation, which
is the whole idea behind the Children's Fitness Center.
"That's our goal with this - educating early and creating a habit...for exercising and eating properly," she said.
- WHAT: Women's Night Out
- WHERE: Salem Community Center
- WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. March 28
- TICKETS: $25 each. Ticket sales close March 19. Tickets available at the Salem Community Center, Giant Eagle and the Look Nook at Salem Community Hospital
Women's Night Out is the biggest fundraiser for that area to provide access to the Children's Fitness Center and its programs, including the program for area school children, at no cost to the children.
"We're truly blessed the community is behind a project like this," Young said.
Tickets are $25 per person and available for purchase at SCC, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave., Salem Giant Eagle, 2401 E. State St., and The Look Nook Gift Shop inside Salem Community Hospital, 1995 E. State St. Ticket sales close March 19.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two 45-minute breakout sessions by physicians and other local health experts, choosing from a list of seven topics. The sessions will be held from 6 to 6:45 and 7 to 7:45 p.m., with the keynote address at 8 p.m. by Julia Fuhrman Davis of North Lima.
Davis is described as an author, motivational speaker, environmental activist, licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher. Her topic will be "The Art of Taking Care of Yourself: It's an Inside Job."
According to her bio, she shares her life lessons by writing books and speaking professionally, encouraging others to "get more in tune with their true feelings, and express those feelings in a clear, direct, kind way."
The breakout sessions will include:
- "You Can Eat Anything" by Linda Ro, a registered and licensed dietitian at the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, the Ohio Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps for Columbiana and Mahoning counties and an instructor at Youngstown State University.
- "Top 10 Exercises and Stretches You Shouldn't Live Without" by Laurie Camp, who has been on staff at SCC since 2002 and currently serves as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and wellness assistant, leading both Fit, Fabulous Females and Run Salem.
- "Edible Landscaping Basics" by Maurice Peoples, the Horticulture Facilities Coordinator at Kent State University Salem Campus who assists in classroom and lab instruction and oversees greenhouse, nursery and display plantings.
- "Minimizing Migraines" by Anita Hackstedde, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Salem Community Hospital and board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, practicing part-time at the Lisbon Community Health Center.
- "10 Most Common Questions Women Want To Ask Their Doctor" by Michael Sevilla, M.D., Family Practice, board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and practicing at SCH since 2001 as an active staff member.
- "Skin Through the Ages" by Susan Woods, M.D.
- "Who Has Mental Stress" by Jamie Benner, a 2002 graduate of Mount Union College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and several years of experience in the mental health field, working at SCH since July.
"The talks are going to be a little more interactive, which is a little bit different from last year," Young said. "I'm very excited about all of our speakers."
As in previous years, attendees who don't have as much time available can still have access to the shopping, the chocolate fountain and the dinner served by Steve James and The Fifth Seasons throughout the evening. The menu will include wedding soup, broccoli cheese soup, roasted vegetable bruschetta, chicken caeser wrap and pulled pork sliders, along with a selection of finger foods, such as cheese, vegetables and fruits.
The Vendors' Marketplace will include a variety of offerings with over 75 local vendors. There will also be a variety of gift baskets to be raffled off at the end of the evening, with all attendees receiving a gift bag full of fun sample products and information.
Platinum sponsors for the event include Salem Community Hospital, Stadium GM Superstore and Haltec Corporation. Other sponsors include Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center, BOC Water Hydraulics Inc., Essex of Salem, Salem Radiologists Inc., Piranha Aquatic, Sterling House, Bahama Bay Tanning, and BPW Business & Professional Women's Club.
SCC can be reached at 330-332-5885 or check the website at www.salemcommunitycenter.com.