UAMS 12th Street Health & Wellness Center to Host Women’s Fitness Event on Sept. 27

By Ben Boulden

Blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol checks, body mass index measurements, breast exams and general physicals will be offered free of charge.

The 12th Street Women’s Fitness Walk is in observance of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. Participants will join thousands of other women at hundreds of locations all across the country as they walk, dance, play and learn their way to better fitness and health.

“We want to demonstrate that fitness can be fun,” said Lanita White, Pharm. D., the center’s director. “Women of all ages will have a chance to experience some enjoyable forms of exercise suited to them. It’s also a great opportunity for them to find out about women’s health resources available at our center and in our community.”

For more information about the 12th St Women’s Fitness Walk, visit healthon12th.uams.edu or call (501) 614-2492.

Participants may park at the nearby City Market which is providing free parking, complete registration and start the walk at the 12th Street Center. Events include:

  • 1.5 mile fitness walk beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Health screenings starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Exercise demonstrations at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m.
  • Door prizes, including free passes to L.A. Fitness, gifts from Natural Foods Health Food Store, and a gift card from Trammell’s Beauty & Barber Supply.

American Medical Women’s Association volunteers will supply information on breast care and physicians to supervise medical students during breast exams. Jefferson Comprehensive Care will provide information on health care services. L.A. Fitness, Clubhaus Fitness, and UAMS Fitness center staff will provide exercise demonstrations.

The UAMS College of Pharmacy/National Community Pharmacists Association will provide information on gestational diabetes and cholesterol. The UAMS OB/GYN Interest Group will provide information on breast and cervical cancers. The 12th and Oak Community Garden will provide free fruits and vegetables.

There are many ways to work fitness into the daily routine. Even small increases in physical activity can lead to better health. National Women’s Health and Fitness Week gives women an opportunity to begin or renew a commitment to fitness and to celebrate an active lifestyle.

Moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and feelings of depression and anxiety. To gain these benefits, people should engage in regular physical activity on all, or most, days of the week.