Healthy eating, fitness, mental wellness — the focus of the Magnolia Project’s National Women’s Health Week activities was on all-around health for women in the Project and surrounding community.
The activities, which extended from May 11 to 16, were part of the national effort by the Office of Women’s Health to encourage women to make their health a priority.
The week began with a community appreciation event in the parking lot of Pearl Plaza. Tuesday focused on healthy eating — participants enjoyed a variety of salads while listening to a presentation on nutrition. Massages, make-overs, mood lighting and stress-reducing candles helped participants achieve mental wellness and beauty on Wednesday.
Legislators, Healthy Start Board and Coalition members and the community came out for a Project Open House on Thursday. Staff members provided an overview of their role at Magnolia — attendees learned about the array of services provided, including mental health, case management, outreach and community development and clinical services. Health screenings were also available.
On Friday, participants had their pick of exercise activity — zumba, line dancing or walking on the nearby path.