Yes, it’s ladies’ night!

Enjoy fun activities plus tips for healthy lifestyle at Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Girls’ Night Out

A pair of fake boobs could save your life.
They aren’t implants, but rather breast models that health care providers from Beaufort Memorial will use to teach women how to perform monthly breast self-exams during a Girls’ Night Out event the hospital is hosting next week.
As much party as wellness fair, the free ladies-only program will feature music, munchies, games and prizes, along with displays and demonstrations designed to help women make informed choices about their health.
“We call it ‘health-U-tainment’ because we’re combining fun activities with advice on how to improve

Emily Harris and Becky Tibbals at last year’s Girls’ Night Out hosted by Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Photo by Paul Nurnberg.

your well-being,” said Emily Harris, who is helping coordinate the event for the hospital. “If you can present the information in a way that engages women, they’re more likely to make changes to better their lives.”
The breast models are one of the many health-oriented activities planned for the evening. Participants will be invited to feel a simulated “normal breast” and one with a lump so they will know what to look for when they check their own bodies.
If they haven’t had their annual mammogram, they will be able schedule one at either Beaufort Memorial Women’s Imaging Center in Beaufort or Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services.
BMH breast care coordinator Jackie Brown also will be available to answer questions and explain the latest diagnostic testing being used to determine if a lump is benign or cancerous.
Girls’ Night Out will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at The Shed in the town of Port Royal. This year’s event will focus on breast care, nutrition, anti-aging and joint health. To make it more entertaining, the information will be presented in the form of games.
In the “Ta-Tas Toss,” women will be asked to answer true or false questions related to breast care by throwing a small pink bean bag into a cornhole board marked with “myth” or “fact.”
“Wheel of Bone & Joint Health” features a roulette wheel with categories of questions. Participants who answer correctly will receive a prize.
At the “Weigh Your Purse” station, women will have the chance to see exactly how many pounds they are carrying around in their handbags. Physical and occupational therapists will be teaching exercises to relieve neck, shoulder and back pain caused by heavy pocketbooks.
Participants who visit each healthcare area will be eligible to win one of several grand prizes, including a Kate Spade handbag and wallet. Door prizes also will be awarded.
In addition to the games and activities, several BMH physicians will be on hand to discuss topics of interest.
There is no admission fee to attend Girls’ Night Out, but preregistration is required. To register, visit www.bmhsc.org or call 522-5585.

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