The 13th annual In Her Honor Women’s Health Fair is broadening its scope this year to include women of all ages and demographics.

"We have been doing this 13 years and we are expanding our audience to include those who are uninsured or under insured, seniors, moms or moms to be and the Hispanic population which has historically been underserved," said Dot Welch, associate director of the Conway Regional Health Foundation.

The health fair will offer free health screenings, fitness classes and self-defense demonstrations from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center.

Vendors are organized into three main categories, health fair volunteer Allison Brite explained, free screenings, health and safety information and special activities.

"Often women neglect their own health for the sake of their family," Welch said. "We’re encouraging women to take some time for themselves to do some free screenings and pick up some information."

This is the first year the health fair has included a children’s activity area, self-defense instruction, drug take-back service and private breast exams. Also this year, Spanish translation services will be provided.

"Moms feel more comfortable bringing their kids in knowing they’ll be entertained," Brite said.

Free screenings include cholesterol/glucose, blood pressure, spinal alignment, posture/balance, skin cancer and private breast exams. Attendees interested in a free cholesterol/glucose screening should arrive early and fast the night before, Welch said.

Health and safety information includes Diabetes education, an area where parents can sign up for Smart 911 child identification cards, educate their children on dental hygiene and sign-up for Code Red Emergency Alert System.

Special activities include chair massage, fitness class, assemble your own First Aid Kit, the Prescription Take-Back Program, available from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Kids’ Corner activity area and Women’s self-defense instruction.

The women’s self-defense demonstrations will take place every 20 minutes throughout the duration of the health fair, Brite said.

"People can participate or just watch," she said.

Almost 3,500 people have attended since the event began in 2002. A free continental breakfast, courtesy of Emeritus at Trillium Park, will be available for participants after they have participated in the screenings.

"We are very excited about this year’s women’s health fair. We have expanded the services that will be available to women in an effort to reach a wider sector of our community," said Julie Finley, who is chairing the health fair for the Women’s Council. "There will be services for women and families of all ages."

The event is sponsored by the Conway Regional Women’s Council and is free and open to women of all ages to learn more about health and fitness.

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