An event for the ladies

Published 8:13 pm Wednesday, February 12, 2014

An event at the downtown Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn Feb. 20 to 22 will offer women insights into remaining healthy and positive, its organizer says.

Jaimi Russell, executive pastor at St. Paul Baptist Church and wife of its senior pastor, Bishop Clarence Russell III, said The Well Woman Experience would cover three aspects of remaining young at heart: the spiritual, the physical and the mental.

“A lot of times in the church, many people go to church and they hear good sermons, but they need to do some practical living outside church,” Jaimi Russell said.

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The event runs from 7 to about 9:30 p.m. each night, she said.

“On Thursday night we are having a worship experience,” Russell said. “We have speakers Thursday, then on Friday we have a panel of speakers and people can actually ask questions. It’s going to be like a talk show.”

Panelists and speakers, she said, would include a nurse practitioner, headache specialist and an HIV-positive woman “who has been living a well life for 13 years.”

Others, she continued, would include a naturalist specializing in “holistic juicing and organic meals, and a lady with the group Second Chances.”

“People can actually text in their questions,” Russell said, “as well as write them anonymously.”

Meanwhile, the event will feature blood pressure, cholesterol and perhaps also bone-density checks by Sentara, as well as vendors, she said.

On Saturday, Russell said, a fashion show and luncheon is planned, running from noon to about 2 p.m.

Ladies in the fashion show, she said, would include one who overcame cancer, one who overcame an aneurysm, and another who overcame gallbladder disease.

“We are celebrating those ladies that have had perseverance and have come through obstacles,” Russell said.

Russell said it will be the first time her church has held the outreach event, which it hopes to make an annual affair.

The event costs $85 for the three days, $25 each for either Thursday or Friday, and $35 for Saturday, which includes the luncheon. To register, visit www.wellwomanexp.org. Russell said folks could still enjoy the free health checks and vendors any day without registering.

She thanked Suffolk Parks and Recreation for its support, adding that a one-year membership to East Suffolk Recreation Center will be given away, as will Walmart gift cards.

Russell also thanked Serendipity Hair Salon, for providing door prizes, Brandon House Furniture, for supplying furniture for the talk show segment, and Barbara’s Balloons and More, for taking care of decorations.