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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

.:University of Utah Health Care GNO:.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a local event at the University of Utah South Jordan Health Center in Daybreak. One of the doctors from my husband’s clinic recently transferred there, so I was anxious to see the new center and check out what is offered.

Once I got checked in and received my little swag bag, I was greeted with an array of delicious finger foods to munch on as we waited for the guest speaker to begin. I mean, come on, look at that spread. The good people in charge of this event certainly didn’t skimp on the food! I’m pretty sure I could have eaten my weight in those mushrooms.


I was flying solo (and kid-less!) that evening, so I sat down and made a couple of new friends before the event really got going. It is always fun to meet people from different stages in life, and hear their stories. One of the ladies I sat with shared some of her story of battling infertility for 10 years before finding success naturally. It was an incredible story, and we were joking that maybe she should go hang out with the infertility doctors that evening to offer hope!

The main speaker of the night was Mary Nickles from KUTV News here in Salt Lake City. Again, another incredible story! She had a mammogram for a story, where they ended up finding cancer. She might not have found out for a long time if she hadn’t have done that story! It was a good lesson in taking care of my own personal health, and staying up to date on the tests and preventative measures that we have available to us.

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After listening to Mary Nickles, it was off to do some exploring of all of the classes that were available. I headed first to the vision screening. I’ve been blessed with good eye sight, but feel as I get older that I can’t see very well at night. Throw in any weather conditions, and I’m gripping my steering wheel for dear life! I found out that my right eye is weaker than my left eye, but they are both still good. The doctor who did my screening had some recommendations of what might help for my vision at night. I need to get back to the Health Center to follow up on that!

There was an area where free massages were being offered, and fitness advice. I definitely could have gone for a massage, but the line was way too long! I spoke to one of the fitness trainers, and she pretty much made a friend for life when she told me that I looked fit. I’m pretty sure she was lying, but maybe my workouts do more than I think! Either way, I was ready to give her a hug for saying that.

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I wandered around to some of the other stations available. There was a healthy cooking station, where a nutritionist was on hand to offer advice on healthy eating. Recipes were given out, and a cook was demonstrating as well.

I found myself up at the dermatologist and skin care station. For one thing, my oldest daughter has struggled with dry skin since she was a baby. She had her first dermatologist appointment at the ripe age of four months old. She has severely dry skin that really flares up in the winter. It was nice to be able to discuss some treatment options with the dermatologist that was on hand.

There were also some aestheticians available to share some new skin care products. I’m always on the lookout for good skin care products. For some reason, the older I get, the more my skin hates me. I’m not sure what I did to deserve having worse skin than I had when I was a teenager, but alas, I am lucky that way. They were also passing out samples of a mineral powder sunscreen. Genius! I think it will be so much easier to put that on my kids’ faces this summer than worrying about smearing on a cream!

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The GNO at the South Jordan Health Center offered a variety of other stations as well. There was everything from cancer prevention to plastic surgery (I watched someone get a Botox injection!) to infertility to self-defense. Seriously something for everyone. It was kind of empowering to see all those women there, taking charge of their health and seeing what the health center offers. I had a fantastic night, and came away with some new knowledge and new resolve to take care of myself and my family! Thank you to South Jordan Health Center for a wonderful evening!

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