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NHBW & Zonta to hold Women & Girls Health Expo October 29

September 23, 2016 11:55 AM

The National Hook-Up of Black Women and the Zonta Club of Joliet have joined forces to advance the status of women and girls in the Joliet area community by hosting the Women & Girls Health Expo on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the first 200 registrants will receive a tote bag.

This free public event will provide both educational programming and access to community resources, and will include lunch, music, and free giveaways. Babysitting will be available for children ages 3 to 7 years old who must be toilet trained.  Parents must bring their own supplies.

The Women & Girl’s Health Expo will kick off with a group Zumba Dance Session, followed by programs built around tracks for different age groups. Speaker topics will include self-care, mental health, social media, financial health, health awareness, and healthy eating suggestions.

A variety of health screenings will also be available, such as HIV testing, blood pressure screenings, and diabetes screenings.

“We believe that when women and girls in our community are healthy and thriving, our community as a whole will thrive,” said Debra Upshaw, President of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Joliet Chapter.

After spending the day with an amazing array of speakers, community resources, and exciting activities, Expo attendees will gain tools and ideas needed to help lead a healthier, happier life.

If you have any questions regarding the Expo or are interested in sponsoring the event or being a vendor, please contact Debra Upshaw, President of the National Hook-Up of Black Women at (815) 509-0063 or nhbwjoliet@yahoo.com.

“The Zonta Club of Joliet is honored to work in partnership with the National Hook-Up of Black women to host this event,” said President Yolanda Reyes.  “By coming together, we are stronger than ever, and have the potential to really raise awareness surrounding health issues that impact the women and girls in our community.”

About the National Hook-Up of Black Women
The Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc, was founded in 1991 under the direction of Dorothy J. Campbell. These concerned women saw a need for an active and collective voice on women's issues in the Joliet community.  NHBW Joliet Chapter carries out the national mission locally by creating an atmosphere which enables women to effect meaningful changes.  NHBW works to improve the quality of life, facilitate family preservation, achieve self-empowerment, and promote economic development. For more information, please visit:

About the Zonta Club of Joliet
The Zonta Club of Joliet which was established in 1973 has been dedicated to improving the lives of women locally and globally through service, advocacy, and fundraising. The Zonta Club of Joliet is a member of Zonta International – located in Oakbrook, Illinois. Founded in 1919 in New York, it has been committed to “empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy”. There are over 30,000 members in over 67 countries and we are proud to be a part of it. For more information, please visit



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