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Monday, January 25, 2016

673d Medical Group hosts Girls’ Night Out

by Airman Valerie Monroy
JBER Public Affairs

1/25/2016 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The 673d Medical Group will host a "Girls' Night Out" event at the Arctic Warrior Events Center, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

The 673d Medical Group started the event in 2012 due to an increase in cervical cancer in females throughout the nation. Medical providers and technicians found that many women across Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were not receiving the preventive health care available.

"Girls' Night Out" is a way to bring women on base, more information about health care but in fun and relaxed way, said Lisa Schuette, 673d Aeromedical Squadron public health educator.

Shuette said the event is also a way for women to get connected to the community to help women who are new to JBER, to get to know each other.

One of the evening's activities will include a variety of spa treatments on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Wine tasting and snacks will be provided and live music will be ongoing throughout the night, Shuette said.

Also door prizes were donated by different organizations in the JBER and Anchorage community, Schuette continued.

"Around 30 different organizations throughout JBER will also be set up providing information on various aspects of the base," Schuette said." For example the library and outdoor recreation will be there."

Health care will not be provided at the event, but information on appointments and different types of health screenings will be available, Shuette said.

Care providers will be available to discuss risks for different diseases and help decide on future actions.

New to the event this year is the teen health information section where teens can learn about all the different health aspects that can affect them, Schuette said.

"Girls' Night Out" will feature guest speakers, Kikkan Randall, Alaska's own four-time Olympian, and Damsel in Defense which provides information on personal protection.

The event has become very popular over the years and a lot of people are expected to come with numbers climbing since last year, Shuette said.

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