Girls’ Night Out 2012: A Celebration of Women’s Health

On the evening of Wednesday, October 24, LifeBridge Health & Fitness was the place to be. That’s because it was Girls’ Night Out, the annual signature event for Spirit of Women, an educational program of Northwest Hospital. Well over 200 women (not including volunteers) rocked the venue in what was perhaps the health system's largest free community event to date.

Red Carpet to Girls' Night OUtAs the ladies began to show up at 6 p.m., they received a purple Spirit of Women reusable goodie bag that contained a free, one-day pass for later use at LifeBridge Health & Fitness. Then, they were greeted by a red carpet and red velvet ropes leading them into the fitness center.

The evening began with a health fair, featuring services important to women such as the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center, the Women’s Wellness Center, the Sleep Disorders Center, heart and stroke information, and weight loss surgery. The da Vinci® Surgical System was on hand, with Dr. Dee-Dee Shiller giving demonstrations on how she uses the robot to perform minimally invasive surgeries such as hysterectomies that require only a few, small keyhole incisions.

The food at Girls’ Night Out was not to be missed. Healthy fare was provided by the Flying Avacado Café (which also has a location inside LifeBridge Health & Fitness). There was even a white and red wine tasting of wines selected from Village Spirits.

Once the food was cleared away, Studio A became a place of pampering. Massage therapists gave out free chair massages, and an instructor led a group of brave ladies in a Zumba demonstration.

Victoria Proctor

Victoria Proctor, Northwest Hospital health coach, emcees Girls' Night Out.

However, the real fun of the evening happened under the big tent set up in the Parisi Room. The white tent sported a disco ball, stage and runway. Northwest Hospital health coach Victoria Proctor served as event emcee and gave an inspiring talk about her 10 tips for better health. Dr. Dawn Leonard, medical director of the Samuelson Breast Care Center, spoke about breast health, and Dr. Steven Rottman discussed cosmetic surgery options as he often reconstructs breasts after surgery for breast cancer.

Karen WIlliams

Comedienne Karen Williams charms the crowd.

Soon thereafter, uproarious laughter shook the tent as nationally recognized comedienne Karen Williams of the Ha Ha Institute entertained the crowd. Ms. Williams was also the announcer for the unique fashion show, which celebrated real women – Northwest Hospital employees, volunteers and patients – wearing whatever makes them most comfortable and feel most like themselves. The show featured upbeat music that resonated with women of all generations, ending at Victoria’s request with Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” in which all the ladies danced on stage.

Some fabulous raffle prizes were awarded throughout the evening, including art work from Rodney Friend, exquisite gemstone jewelry provided by Paula Rome, a signature facial from Tamera Monroe, a pamper me basket from The HoneyTree Company and a full year's membership at LifeBridge Health & Fitness.

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If you missed Girls’ Night Out – or were turned away because it was fully booked – don’t despair. Day of Dance will be held by Northwest Hospital in late winter. Watch the Spirit of Women Facebook page for details coming soon!

 -Holly Hosler

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premier health care organization, call 866-404-DOCS.

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