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Healthy women all over Lancaster will be celebrating a milestone Thursday.
Healthy Woman, Springs Memorial Hospital's resource program targeted for women, by women, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. The celebration will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
"This inaugural year has been unbelievable," said Ashley Shannon, director of marketing and community relations at Springs Memorial Hospital.
"Our monthly events have had great attendance with 50 to 100 women coming every month. We greatly attribute this success to the work of our Healthy Woman Advisory Board members and our Healthy Woman Business Partners."
Thursday's events will begin with a free Women's Expo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
During the expo, Healthy Woman members may visit over 45 booths of Healthy Woman business partners, local businesses, agencies and health care providers to shop, have free health screenings, obtain information and receive free samples and participate in giveaways.
Expo participants include localbeauty salons, insurance companies, doctors' offices, dentists and gift stores.
During the expo, Healthy Woman members who buy a wristband will be entitled to the food exhibit in the Multipurpose Room of the Bradley Building. Catering will be done by Alexander's Catering.
"We ask everyone to remember that the expo is free, but the food and the keynote speaker require purchase of a $12 wristband," Shannon said.
Wristbands may be bought in the Healthy Woman office on the first floor of Springs Memorial Hospital. If there are any extra wrist bands, they will be available at the door on Thursday.
At 6 p.m., the program featuring nationally known speaker, Dr. Suzanne Metzger, will begin.
Metzger will speak on "The Ordinary Miracle of Friendship."
"Never – and I mean never – underestimate the value of a woman friend," Metzger says. "Yes, sometimes you are sure you cannot live with them, but in all honesty, you can't afford to live without them."
Metzger delighted her audience last year at the Healthy Woman kickoff with her humorous take on being a woman, dealing with family and career demands and growing older.
"Many of the HW members made comments that they wanted to hear her again," said Springs Memorial assistant CEO Janice Dabney. "We were happy when we found out she was available for our date this year."
To sign up to be a Healthy Woman member, go to www.springsmemorial.com and click on the Healthy Woman logo, or stop by the Healthy Woman office at Springs Memorial Hospital to fill out an application.
For details on Healthy Woman, call Brandy Baker, Senior Circle and Healthy Woman adviser, at 416-8350.