‘A Day for Girls’ Health’ in Slidell on Feb. 28

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‘A Day for Girls’ Health’ in Slidell on Feb. 28 - Friday, February 20, 2015

Learning how to make responsible and healthy choices is a lesson teens must learn to build successful adulthoods. Making those lessons fun and memorable is the motivation behind the annual special fair just for teen girls in the community: A Day for Girls' Health.

The event will be held on Feb. 28 from 1 – 5 p.m. in the SMH Regional Cancer Center, located at 1120 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. Girls in junior and senior high school will take part in important education on women's health issues, self-esteem building sessions, advice on grooming and a variety of information booths, among other attractions.

A Day for Girls' Health is a partnership of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Parenting Center and Junior Auxiliary of Slidell. Sponsors are the Slidell Memorial Foundation and Camellia City OB/GYN. Now in its fifth year, the program is a national award-winning community project and modeled at other southern cities by Junior Auxiliary.

Girls will take part in educational #LetsChats with older teen girls to guide them to make their junior and senior high school days positive; visit information booths provided by business and community groups; and, take in a fashion show – all designed to give them a positive look at inner and outer beauty as well as tools for a safe and healthy future. Door prizes, free giveaways and beauty treats will be available.

Parents have the chance to participate in "Know Your Child,” an education and awareness program for parents of teenagers to learn how to recognize the early warning signs of depression, suicide, drug/alcohol abuse, and other behavioral issues.

Other activities during the fair will include: Line Dancing and Body Movement by CrossGates Family Fitness; Salmen Culinary Arts Cooking Demos, food booth by local restaurants; and, a fashion show by JoAnn Chelchowski.

Community and businesses providing booths and donations include: Youth Service Bureau; St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Dept.; Junior Auxiliary; Cancer Association Of Greater New Orleans; LSU Ag Center; ST. Tammany Communication District 911; Amerigroup Louisiana; Youth Service Bureau; Amplified Resources; United Way; NAMI; Live Confident; Hope House; Devereux Nguyen Orthodontics; MaryKay Cosmetics; CrossGates Family Fitness; American Cancer Society; Alateen; United Way; Safe Harbor; Legacy Youth Development Institute; Slidell High School Allied Health Program; Slidell Athletic Club; Southern Smiles Family Dentistry; St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office; Sam's Club; Paul Mitchell/Vanguard School of Cosmetology; Avon Cosmetics; The Vitamin Shoppe; Blue Bell Creamery; CiCi's Pizza; NOLA Grill; and, Chick Fila.

To pre-register for the event, call (985) 661-2657.

For more information on A Day for Girls' Health or other SMH Community Outreach Programs, call (985) 280-8529, or visit SMH online at http://www.slidellmemorial.org/or Junior Auxiliary at www.facebook.com/JaSlidell.


Slidell Memorial Hospital is a full-service 219-bed acute care not-for-profit community hospital located at 1001 Gause Blvd., in the heart of Slidell. Founded in 1959, SMH serves as a primary healthcare resource for families in St. Tammany Parish, La.; and, Pearl River County, Miss. For more information, visit http://www.slidellmemorial.org/. The hospital's main phone number is (985) 280-2200.


Junior Auxiliary of Slidell is a not-for-profit, charitable, and educational organization comprised of approximately 50 women dedicating their hearts and hands to the children, teens, families of need, and elderly of the Slidell community and its surrounding areas through diverse service projects. For information about JAS and their service projects visit www.jaslidell.org, call 985-640-1681, or email jaslidell@gmail.com.


Media Contact: Sam Caruso, Jr.




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