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Second Annual Women & Girls Health Expo to be Held October 28 at Joliet Central High School

September 25, 2017 09:53 AM
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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 second annual Women & Girls Health Expo on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Joliet Central High School Student Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Joliet.  Doors open and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the first 100 pre-registered attendees will receive an event tote bag.

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

The Women & Girl’s Health Expo will kick off promptly at 9 a.m. with a group Zumba Dance Session, followed by programs built around tracks for different age groups. Speaker topics include social media safety, yoga, teen dating, nutrition, home ownership, diversity knapsack, breast cancer awareness, senior violence, and mental health.

A variety of health screenings will be available, such as HIV testing, blood pressure screenings, and diabetes screenings.  The Will County Medical van will also be on site.

“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 the tools and ideas necessary to lead a healthier, happier life.

If you have any questions regarding the Expo or are interested in sponsoring the event or participating as 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 for the second year in a row,” said Joliet Zonta President Beth Colvin.  “We are proud to work in partnership to raise awareness of the health issues that have the potential to impact the women and girls in our community.”

Platinum Sponsors
ExxonMobil
Citgo
The Herald News

Gold Sponsor
First Midwest Bank
Jim Glasgow, Will County State’s Attorney

Silver Sponsor
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Bronze
Meade Accounting
Pat McGuire, Illinois State Senator
Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Illinois State Senator
Yolanda Reyes, Zonta Club of Joliet
Raymond Soliman, Crest Hill Mayor

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:
www.nhbwinc.com/joliet.

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
www.jolietzonta.org.

 

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