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Women's Health 101

Join us for Women’s Health 101, presented by CentraCare Health.

It’s a day especially for women, free to attend and open to the public. This day will include screenings, educational booths, operating room tours and presentations on a variety of health-related topics. Come and learn the latest information on diet, exercise and common medical conditions. Get a free blood pressure screening, cholesterol check or body composition test.

Keynote Presentation

Loving Myself … Regardless: Nurturing the Treasures Within

1:15-2:30 p.m. - Windfeldt Room - Lower Level

Self-esteem affects everything we think, say and do!  It affects our relationships with virtually everyone in our daily lives. Sisters Kay and Michelle use wit and wisdom to teach you practical skills for nurturing your self-esteem and helping those around you also grow in self-appreciation.

Michelle Meyers, MS, MTS and Kay O'Neil, MA, MTS, Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Presentation Topics

Aging & Sexual Health

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Windfeldt Room - Lower Level

Has the ache of desire been replaced with an ache in your hip? If your heart races, does that mean it is time to take a pill? Do you use romantic lighting and lingerie to cover scars? Does “you’re so hot” mean “no, really, you are SO hot?” We are still sexual beings despite cancer, diabetes and other health conditions. Passion and pleasure are possible even when we aren’t so healthy. Fetch your open mind, humor and sense of adventure. Plug in a new destination and navigate to a new sexy.

Joni Steffens, RN, CNM, Sexuality Counselor & Educator

Approaches to Back and Leg Pain

10:45-11:30 a.m. - OB/GYN Lobby - 2nd Floor

Noon-12:45 p.m. - OB/GYN Lobby - 2nd Floor

Even those who live the most active, healthy lifestyle can sometimes experience pain in their back and legs. Leg pain and foot pain is often caused by a condition in the lower back. You’ll become knowledgeable about leg pain symptoms, what they may mean and leave with the confidence to empower you to make good choices for your health!

Gregory Sherr, MD, MPH, Central Minnesota Neurosciences

Ask a Doctor

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Pediatric Break Room - 1st Floor

Do you have questions about nutrition, stress, exercise, diabetes or other health-related topics? Bring your questions to this fun and interactive session, and leave with ideas for keeping you and your family healthy! You also may send us your questions ahead of time to

George Morris, MD, CentraCare Clinic

Building & Protecting Your Joints & Bones

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Kremers Room - Lower Level

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Kremers Room - Lower Level

Joint pain is a pain! If you’re missing the things you love because of joint pain, don’t miss this session. Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis. We’ll discuss the difference and you’ll learn simple tips you can do to reduce symptoms and get you back to being active and enjoying the things you love.

Gina Anderson-Malum, RN, BSN, ONC, Total Joint Specialist, St. Cloud Hospital Bone & Joint Center

Digestive Health

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Hughes, Mathews Room - Lower Level

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Hughes, Mathews Room - Lower Level

Do you or a loved one experience frequent belly pains, diarrhea, constipation or bloating? This presentation will discuss general gastrointestinal health, including tips to manage common conditions (such as celiac disease, Crohn's disease, reflux and others), as well as preventive digestive health.

Erin Scapanski, PA-C, MPAS, CentraCare Digestive Center

Facts about Fad Diets

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Windfeldt Room - Lower Level

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Kremers Room - Lower Level

Fad diets always have been around, but are more prevalent than ever with increasing use of the Internet. This talk will walk through several of today’s most popular fad diets and explain their pros and cons.

Diane Giambruno, RD, LD, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

Foot Health

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Internal Medicine - 2nd Floor

This presentation will focus on common foot problems, including bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, neuromas and skin conditions. There also will be some discussion of athletic/overuse injuries and diabetic foot problems.

David Patenaude, DPM, St. Cloud Foot & Ankle Center

Headaches & Treatment Options

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Internal Medicine - 2nd Floor

Women and headaches are as synonymous as peanut butter and jelly. But that’s no excuse to let headaches interfere with life! Learn what your symptoms are telling you and what you can do to prevent and treat them when the pain, tension and pounding start. The session will provide a wholistic overview of headache types, causes, care and prevention. Learn how to know what’s causing your head pain so you can get back to the things you enjoy!

Ryan Scott, DO, CentraCare Family Health Center

Healing Touch 101

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Pediatric Break Room - 1st Floor

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Pediatric Break Room - 1st Floor

Healing touch enhances physical, mental and emotional well-being while promoting relaxation, balance and health from within. You will learn about the benefits of healing touch and experience a “hands-on” demonstration.

Annie Brenner, BS, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, St. Cloud Hospital

Hearing Changes as You Age

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Hughes, Mathews Room - Lower Level

This presentation will discuss the anatomy of the ear, age-related hearing changes and types of hearing loss. It also will cover the emotional effects of hearing loss and possible treatment options.

Eileen Dauer, MD and Brooke Steckelberg, AuD, The Hearing Clinic of St. Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat

Mindfulness, Stress & Anxiety

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Windfeldt Room - Lower Level

Science has shown that prolonged stress goes hand in hand with both depression and anxiety. Even if you cannot always control stressors from the outside, you can deal with it from the inside out. Learn some simple skills that will help you be more mindful of stress and change your response to the stress of daily life. Due to its popularity, this talk was brought back from 2013.

Dani Ulrich Jakubowski, PhD, ABPP, LP, St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Services

Portion Distortion: Tips for Weight Loss

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Diabetes Classroom - 2nd Floor

How much is too much? This presentation is a wake-up call, showing us just how big our portions have become over the past 20 years and how it has affected society. You will leave the session knowing appropriate portion sizes and other helpful weight management tips. Due to its popularity, this talk was brought back from 2013.

Beth Schiemann, RD, LD, CDE, CentraCare Diabetes Center

Stretching & Strengthening for Better Posture & Health

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Internal Medicine - 2nd Floor

Have you ever wondered why stretching your muscles and staying strong is truly beneficial? This is your chance to hear how these two activities will help you to have better posture and ultimately better overall health.

NiCole Broman, MPT, St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

9:30-10:15 a.m. - OB/GYN Lobby - 2nd Floor

Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation.” At this talk, you will learn about 8 form Yang style Tai Chi adapted specifically for fall prevention by helping participants improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Mary Hertel, Minnesota Board on Aging, Department of Human Services

Top 10 Steps to Look & Feel Better

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Diabetes Classroom - 2nd Floor

Noon-12:45 p.m. - Diabetes Classroom - 2nd Floor

You can reach your goal of weight loss and improved health. Registered dietitian Kristin Ewing will give you the top 10 things you can do to look and feel better. Because we know support from others can provide encouragement and accountability for your efforts, she also will supply you with CentraCare resources related to diet, exercise and weight management.

Kristin Ewing, RD, LD, CentraCare Bariatric Center

Ask a Doctor (In Spanish)

9:30-10:15 a.m. - Meditation Room - 1st Floor

Preguntele a su medico: Tiene preguntas sobre nutrición, manejo del estrés, menopausia, diabetes, o de algún otro asunto relacionado con la salud? Traiga sus preguntas a esta divertida e interactiva sesión, y salga con ideas para mantenerse usted y su familia saludables! Esta presentación será dada por la Dra. Deborah McCarl de la Clínica de Obstetricia y Salud de la Mujer de CentraCare Plaza, en conjunto con la Dra. Ana Maria Studer de Anna Marie’s Alliance.

Ask a Doctor (In Somali)

10:45-11:30 a.m. - Meditation Room - 1st Floor

Ma qabtaa su’aalo ku saabsan nafaqada cunnada, fakarka iyo walwalka, daawooyinka dhasha lagu kala dheereeyo, xiliga haweenka dhiiga gabaan, ama wax kale oo caafimaadka ku saabsan? La imoow su’aalahaaga kana faa’iideyso war bixin aad kuu anfacda. Waxaad kala tageysaa barnaamijkaan war bixin adi iyo qooyskaaga aad idiin anfacda. Waxaa barnamijka soo jeedin doona dhaqtarad Deborah McCarl, iyo Fatumo Abdulkadir oo labadaba ka socda CentraCare Clinic.

 Seating is limited in each room. Please arrive early to ensure your spot.

More than 20 free screenings, presentations & more!

Total Value:  $585

Ask-a-pharmacist consultation

When it comes to your health, there is so much to know. Your pharmacist is an expert in the use of medicines and an important member of your health care team. Bring a list of your medications (with dosages) and questions about prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products or dietary supplements. Get answers regarding side effects, interactions and medication management. Provided by CentraCare Pharmacy. 

Balance self test

Balance problems are known to increase significantly with age. Take this simple written questionnaire to determine if you may be headed for a fall. Your provider can help you determine if you may need a balance screening test from a qualified clinician. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Balance & Dizziness Program.

Blood pressure

Blood pressure is important because the higher your blood pressure is, the higher your risk of health problems in the future. If your blood pressure is high, it is putting extra strain on your arteries and on your heart. Over time, this strain can cause the arteries to become to become thicker and less flexible, or to become weaker. Provided by nursing students from the Minnesota School of Business.

Bosu standing balance test

The Bosu, a half-ball-shaped training tool, is great for testing your balance. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Balance & Dizziness Program.

Bra consultations/fittings

One size — or brand — does NOT fit all. A great fitting bra shouldn’t dig, pull, poke or otherwise cause discomfort. Take a few minutes to learn helpful tips that will help you enjoy the benefits of a well-fitted bra, including good posture, no pinching, slimming appearance and increased self-esteem. (Especially helpful if you’ve lost or gained weight recently.) Provided by Marvelle’s Apparel and Hanger Clinic.

Cardiac risk assessment

When you pick up lab results from the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center booth, take advantage of a 5-minute, personalized interpretation of your lab results (fasting HDL, cholesterol and glucose). Provided by CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center.

Cholesterol ($10 value)

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance made by your body to make cell membranes and hormones. When cholesterol is high, your risk for heart disease, stroke and other chronic health conditions increases.  Provided by CentraCare Laboratory Services and sponsored by the Women’s Health Fund of CentraCare Health Foundation.

Depression screening – self test

Is it the blues or something more serious? This is an interactive, online questionnaire, taken in the privacy of your home, to help you determine if you have signs of depression. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Women's Behavioral Health.

Foot evaluation & nerve testing: for early peripheral neuropathy ($65 value)

This screening is for diabetic patients and tests if you are able to feel sensation on the bottom of your feet. Patients with diabetes often cannot feel discomfort and may be at increased risk to develop complications. Provided by Central Minnesota Foot & Ankle Clinic.

Functional reach test

A quick and simple test that measures how far you can reach forward beyond arm's length, while maintaining your balance. Using a yardstick mounted on the wall at shoulder height, you will reach as far forward as possible. The test has been shown to be predictive of falls in older adults. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Balance & Dizziness Program.

Glucose ($10 value)

Fasting blood sugar is used to screen or monitor how well your body is processing sugar. Diabetes is a common disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy needed for daily life. Provided by CentraCare Laboratory Services and sponsored by the Women’s Health Fund of CentraCare Health Foundation.

Hearing ($25 value)

Hearing screening tests provide a quick and cost-effective way to separate people into two groups: a pass group and a fail group. Those who pass are presumed to have no hearing loss. Those who fail are in need of an in-depth evaluation by an audiologist and also may need follow-up care from other professionals. It is recommended that adults be screened at least every decade through age 50 and at three-year intervals thereafter. The screening takes approximately 5-10 minutes per person. Provided by the Hearing Clinic of St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Clinic.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) ($10 value)

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is believed to carry cholesterol away from your arteries and therefore lower your risk for heart disease. Low HDL puts you at a higher risk for heart disease. Provided by CentraCare Laboratory Services and sponsored by the Women’s Health Fund of CentraCare Health Foundation.


Massage has many proven health benefits. Enjoy your free 10-minute chair massage compliments of Justina’s Massage.

Medical alarm screening – self test

How do you know if and when a medical alarm (such as Link to Life) would be beneficial to you or a loved one? Take this simple written questionnaire to help determine if you could benefit from the peace of mind of a medical alarm. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Link to Life.

Oral health screening

Using a disposable mouth mirror and tongue depressor, students from St. Cloud Technical and Community College Dental Clinic will teach attendees about risk factors for decay and gum disease.

Sleep – self test

Take a written quiz to learn if you have a serious sleep condition. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Sleep Center.

Stroke risk assessment

Together with a stroke specialist, you will complete a questionnaire about stroke risk factors and, if found to be at risk, will review educational information. *Please bring blood pressure and cholesterol results if possible. Provided by St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center.

Vein screening ($25 value)

Sensors placed on the calf measure blood flow while the participant flexes her foot. The screening can indicate problems with circulation. Provided by Hanger Clinic.

Video otoscope (ear drum and ear canal video) ($65 value)

A video otoscope is hooked up to a video monitor so you can see your ear canal and ear drum. Provided by the Hearing Clinic of St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Clinic.


Half of all blindness can be prevented. A vision screening does not replace an eye doctor’s exam, but it can help to identify people who are at risk for eye disease. The screening covers near and distant visual acuity and takes approximately 3-5 minutes per person. Provided by PineCone Vision Center.

Three – 45 minute sessions with provider ($375 value)

Please see the event program for a list of speakers who generously donated their time.

In addition, enter to win a Girltime Getaways weekend (for 2) valued at $520 and many other door prizes!


Women's Health 101
Presented by:

CentraCare Health


 Sponsored by:

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Special thanks: 

  • Anna Marie's Alliance
  • ARCH Language Network
  • Boy Scouts - Troop 11
  • Casa Guadalupe Multicultural Community
  • Catholic Charities
  • Coborn's on Coooper
  • Girltime GetawaysTM
  • Great Harvest Bread Co.
  • Justina Henry with Justina Massage
  • Minnesota School of Business
  • Nichole Adler with Refining Reflections
  • St. Cloud State University


What attendees of Women's Health 101 said about the event:

"Thanks for all the smiles of the workers, helpers and those at booths. Thanks for making it possible. Today was my gift to myself."

"This was a great day to celebrate women and women’s health issues. Thank you very much!"

"Very friendly and upbeat staff and volunteers working. Awesome positive feeling."

"I enjoyed the day. It wasn’t just health-body related, but included the emotional-spiritual also. An overall great day. Thanks!"

"I think it was very well done. The topics were all of value to me. The booth people were very friendly and informational and not pushy. I would recommend this health fair to everyone. A great day for me."


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 View photos from the 2012 event