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Women's Heart Day celebrates 10 years

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - In its ten years of existence, Women's Heart Day, the free health and wellness fair sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners, has served over 5,000 women from the Mahoning Valley.

"Women traditionally take care of everybody else and don't take care of themselves and that is the biggest reason we wanted to do this," said Charlene Pastore, Humility of Mary Health Partners' Woman's Heart Day co-chair.

When it first started, Woman's Heart Day attracted about 200 women. More than 700 registered for the event this year, including sisters Judy Foraker and Dorothy Kaglic who've made a full day of it for the last five years.

"It is very helpful. All of the interesting booths they have to teach women about the right things to do," said Dorothy Kaglic of Youngstown.

"I've always enjoyed coming down here, because first of all it is expensive with doctors and all today and this takes care of a good bit of the things that I need to know about myself," said Judy Foraker of Austintown.

In addition to the informational booths, Woman's Heart Day offers fitness demonstrations, as well as guest speakers and free health screenings for things like skin cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

"Screenings are really important for everyone to get; check your blood pressure, your blood work, checking for diabetes. They are all critical things for everyone to get done at least once a year. Now, to be honest with you, in these tough economic times a lot of patients are struggling with their insurance and if you are not insured or under-insured this is a great opportunity to come by, get educated, get an evaluation, figure out whether or not your health is actually in a good condition or not," said Humility of Mary Health Partners' Dr. Crispin Barlatt with the Church Hill Family Health Center.

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