DeKALB – DeKalb resident Mandee Trujillo learned a lot at the This One’s For the Girls women’s annual health event Friday.
Trujillo said she comes every year to get her blood pressure and glucose levels checked for free at Kishwaukee Hospital, off of Sycamore Road in DeKalb.
The event, which is open to both men and women, continues from 8 a.m. to noon today. Attendees may participate in health screenings such as skin spot checks and depression screenings, activities such as hand massages and breast-self exam information, and multiple drawings and giveaways.
“I learned a lot of healthy eating alternatives,” Trujillo said. “There are a lot of foods that are scary to try. When they offer it here, it makes it less intimidating when you eat it at home.”
Therapy dogs were also on hand when people walked through the doors.
Lindsey Engelsman, project coordinator for KishHealth Systems, said the event offers a fun way to learn about women’s health.
“This serves as a good way to make women feel more comfortable talking about different health risks and women’s health topics,” Engelsman said.
Sycamore resident Jill Wennmaker was one of more than 40 people getting checked for skin cancer Friday.
“It’s a fun thing to do with dear friends, as well as educate yourself in growing old gracefully and healthfully,” she said.
Becky Cassie, KishHealth Systems marketing designer, was registering women for the skin spot checks. Three Kishwaukee Hospital doctors were checking women for irregular spots or moles. If they saw something peculiar, they referred the women to see a dermatologist.
“It gives the opportunity for people who normally wouldn’t go to the doctor to have something looked at,” Cassie said.
DeKalb resident Kathy Emberson had her heart and joints looked at. She said those are the areas of her body that give her problems.
“I wanted to come before I had some health problems,” she said. “This is a way to keep myself healthy.”
Emberson’s daughter, Carla Scholpp, is a junior studying medical laboratory science at Northern Illinois University. Scholpp said the event was informative, and she saw some equipment used for heart health that she had never seen before.
She hopes to work at a hospital after she graduates and research ways to identify problems in the body.
“Health is really important,” Scholpp said. “It affects your life. The more you know about it, the better it is to live a more productive life.”
If you go
What: This One’s For the Girls women’s health event
When: 8 a.m. to noon today
Where: Kishwaukee Hospital, 1 Kish Drive, DeKalb
Why: The free event offers health screenings, activities and drawings.