Goodwin featured at women’s health fair

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LEWISTON – A local gardening expert will be the featured speaker at “Wise Women – Learn and Grow,” Central Maine Medical Center’s third annual Every Day In a Woman’s Life health fair set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, in the CMMC Conference Center at 12 High Street.

Jody Goodwin, the author of a Sun Journal seasonal column on gardening, will lead two hour-long sessions on “Plants for Maine.” The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the second at 11.

Unlike much of the generic gardening information available in the press, Goodwin’s work focuses on plants and gardening techniques suitable for Maine’s climate and soils. She has some 25 years of experience working with perennials and annuals in central-western Maine.

“Gardening is a very personal experience; everyone does it differently. Having the basic knowledge of what thrives in Maine is essential to a positive gardening experience,” Goodwin said.

This special event for women of all ages will also feature other activities and informational displays. There will be no charge for participation.

“Thai Yoga Body Works” and “Learning How to Give a Massage” are the themes of two programs that will be offered simultaneously from 9 to 10 a.m.

Certified massage therapist Donna Crawford will lead the massage program in Chairman’s Room C on the ground level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. She will offer the program again from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. in the same location.

Marcy Covey, a CMMC health and wellness educator, will host the “Thai Yoga Body Works” session in the CMMC Wellness Center, also on the ground level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building. Covey is a certified Thai Yoga Body Works practitioner. She will lead a second session from 11 a.m. to noon.

Beginning at noon, Nano Zachary will present “Cooking Five Meals in One,” a system for preparing tasty meals in advance.

“I learned how to do this (prepare meals in advance) when I was a working mother with four children. When I got home from work, I wanted to relax and spend time with them, not answer the daily question of What’s for dinner?’,” Zachary said. “So on Sunday afternoons I decided to prepare the meals for the week and asked my kids to play a part in the preparation of the family meals.”

Central Maine Obstetrics-Gynecology will host various health screenings at its offices in Suite 200 of the 12 High Street building, just upstairs from the site of the day’s activities.

Displays will include First Impression belly masks for pregnant women, Cloud Nine Spa, the Sam and Jennie Bennett Breast Care Center, Eminger Berries, the CMMC Bladder Control Center, the CMMC School of Nursing, Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute and Spoiled Rotten Comforts.

For more details, call 795-2398.

Bridgton Hospital is also sponsoring Every Day In a Woman’s Life activities. To learn more, call Bridgton Hospital at 647-6055.

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