December 2012
Mercy to offer Women's Health Focus Group beginning in January

Women of every age are invited to a monthly focus group to learn about and discuss women’s health and fitness issues. Sponsored by Mercy Hospital’s Rehab Department, the free group will begin in January.


“We hope this will become a valuable group for women to learn more about health and fitness issues that are a concern to them,” said LuAnn Charboneau, Mercy Physical Therapist and facilitator of the group. “There will be guest speakers and open discussion on all things that impact our health and well being, from top to bottom, inside and out. We want this to be a group that encourages questions and discussion. Topics will be driven by the interests of group members.”


The group’s first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, in Community Room 1 at Mercy Hospital. The introductory meeting will feature a BMI screening that determines the age of a person’s body based on weight and body fat percentage.


“This screening is a great starting point to talk about what it means to be fit and how to achieve better fitness, especially for women who may not like to exercise or who are intimidated by exercise classes or machines,” Charboneau said.


In February, the group will bring in guest speaker Dr. Lynn Stottler, Gateway Family Health Clinic, to talk about Women’s Heart Health. That session will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, room to be announced.


Women interested in attending the group may choose to attend all or selected sessions. There is no charge for the group. Call Mercy’s Rehab Department at 485-5597 for more information.


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