18th Annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women

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Released: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Women 18 and above can get free health screenings and fitness assessments, participate in a variety of fun and informative educational sessions on women's health topics and talk with more than 35 nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and local businesses at the 18th Annual Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women.

The event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

The event includes a REFIT Fitness Demonstration given by Woman's Center for Wellness; one-on-one fitness assessments and exercise tips from four different fitness organizations that will be followed by a free chair massage from St. Michel Day Spa; and a heart-healthy cooking demonstration sponsored by Whole Foods Market and presented by Dr. Darrin Breaux, cardiologist at Baton Rouge Cardiology Center, and Chenoa Farrell, a holistic health coach and the CEO of Feel Good Mama. In total 14 health screenings will be offered for free at the Wellness Day for Women, including two new additions: hearing tests, provided by Our Lady of the Lake, and allergy skin tests, provided by the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center. Walgreens, also a new addition to the event, will be on-site to give Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), pneumococcal, and flu (both high-dose and regular) vaccinations that will be billed directly to the recipient's insurance.

There will also be breakout sessions from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. The sessions and speakers include:

  • Healthy Skin at Every Age
    Dr. April Sanchez, Dermatologist, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
  • Eat. Sleep. Work. Play. Repeat. – Find a Healthy Pattern
    Cathy Carmichael, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian, Pennington Biomedical.
  • How to Live in a Hurting World
    Julie Alleman, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT, LAC, Professional Counselor, Baton Rouge Christian Counseling Center
  • Breast Cancer: How to Reduce Your Risk
    Dr. Mindy Bowie, Breast Surgeon Oncologist, Woman's Hospital
  • Medicare Changes for 2018: What You Need to Know!
    Ron Williams, Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Louisiana Dept. of Insurance
  • Sexual Health for the Aging Woman
    Dr. Terrie Thomas, OB/GYN, Associates in Women's Health

For more information or to register, go to https://www.pbrc.edu/womens-wellness. Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended.

For a map with the location of the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building & Conference Center (G on the map), go to http://www.pbrc.edu/docs/campusmap.jpg


The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is at the forefront of medical discovery as it relates to understanding the triggers of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia. It is a campus of Louisiana State University and conducts basic, clinical and population research. The research enterprise at Pennington Biomedical includes approximately 80 faculty and more than 25 post-doctoral fellows who comprise a network of 44 laboratories supported by lab technicians, nurses, dietitians, and support personnel, and 13 highly specialized core service facilities. Pennington Biomedical's more than 500 employees perform research activities in state-of-the-art facilities on the 222-acre campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.