Be Social, Be Health-Savvy

Be Social, Be Health-Savvy

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Karen Williams, Spirit of Women Program events coordinator

Karen Williams is so passionate about her work at the Tri Health hospital system. When you ask her about it, the words come spilling out, especially when she talks about the Spirit of Women Program.


“It’s just a fun and free program,” she tells Cincy Chic. Williams, who is the events coordinator for the Spirit of Women Program, is not shy about admitting that women’s health is her passion in life.


The Spirit of Women Program aims to combine a panel of doctors answering questions on the latest health trends with pampering, spa treatments, cooking classes, acupuncture, demonstrations, healing touch and exercise, says Williams. Launched in May 2010, the program is offered to women over 35 years old and is designed to be some of Tri Health’s signature events.


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Often, attendees get a chance to talk with a panel of doctors in a talk-show style format about women’s health, eating right, cardiovascular issues, cancer, sleep and more, says Williams.


In other words, nothing is off the table.


“I think the key behind this all is how to take something serious and put an interesting twist in it,” says Williams, who was hired after eight years of work at the national Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation. While at the Speaking of Women’s Health foundation, Williams says she worked on public relations, event planning and fundraising for that nonprofit.


“We want to make sure that these events are a combination of education and fun. This really is about an open dialogue,” Williams says. She says it’s about taking the health experience out of the traditional sterile environment.


Since being hired, Williams says more than 2,000 women have signed up for information about the events and programs offered. Three hundred attended the recent Day of Dance event, and 150 women attended the Spirit of Girl’s Night Out event, she says.



“I have met women from all walks of life,” says Williams. “Even if I have touched just one, I feel like I have done my job.”


So when is the next big event? You can catch “The Hoopla about Pelvic Health” at one of two seminars on May 12 and May 19. Both sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will feature pampering, massage, a meet and greet with Tri-Health experts and a light supper. Women do not have to be a member to attend. Then in June, the programs continue with a lecture series called “Are you baffled by cancer?” Go to the Spirit of Women Program Web site to learn more.



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Photographer: Neysa Ruhl

Model: Karen Williams
Location: M/I Homes Estates at Shayler Ridge Model Home

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Courtesy of Tri Health