Angie Barrineau gets a free blood sugar check at the What Women Want event. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — What Women Want is the title Cumulus Broadcasting officials gave their combination health care screening and assorted vendor event Saturday at Darton State College.
Darrell Sabbs, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital community benefits director, figures the radio group got it right.
“Women are the gatekeepers of health in our families and in the community,” Sabbs said. “They give so much attention to raising children and being the career backbones, they often don’t have the opportunity for stopping and taking care of themselves. Today is designed especially for women, their interests and their concerns.
“We want to let them know how important they are to us and the community.”
Vendors at the event offered sales or information on a variety of women- or family-related products and services, including weight loss, jewelry, real estate, clothing, cooking, assisted living, dentistry and health care, financial planning, insurance, home security.
Live music entertained the ladies as they perused the aisles.
But the major point of Phoebe’s 2nd annual event was to help keep women healthy, Sabbs said, so free medical screenings were provided for blood pressure, diabetes, and height and weight relationship.
“It’s important to have those early screenings,” Sabbs said. “They help give you an idea of your health status and prevent some pretty catastrophic situations in women’s lives.”
According to Sabbs, many women are excited by events that are “just for them,” such as What Women Want. They are opportunities to visit various booths and vendors and receive the education to provide strong family support.
“It helps give women a reason to do something for themselves,” Sabbs said. “Many women are so busy taking care of the children and their husbands, they neglect their own needs. We hope events like this can turn that around a bit.”
Sabbs said an estimated 200 women were expected to attend.