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Friday Freebies: Baylor event offers women free health screenings

Like so many women, I resolve each year to be healthier.

Actually, the resolution is more like: Can I lose 20 pounds and still eat this bag of potato chips? (Answer: No).

It's always good to get a reality check on life. That's why Baylor Health's For Women, For Life is essential for any women who plans on starting a new workout or eating regiment.

FWFL offers free health screenings to participants as well as informational booths and health presentations by physicians and other health professionals. A couple of years ago, I attended the event at the Plano and found a plethora of information. I also decided to switch fertility doctors after one of the programs at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. Some of the events even offer breakfast, chair massages and fitness demos.

Best of all, it's free! However, you must register in advance so don't wait. Get your girlfriends together and create a plan, not a resolution, to get healthy this year. See you there!


The annual women's health event offers free health screenings, info booths and health presentations will be held on Saturday, January 22 at Baylor medical centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The event is free, but you must register beforehand and space is limited at some locations. To register, call 1-800-4BAYLOR(1-800-422-9567) or go to

Here's a rundown of what you'll find at each location:


Where: Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton, 4343 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010

When: 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Balance and posture, blood oygen level, blood pressure, body fat analysis, BMI, glucose, cardiac calcium, heart rate, lipid panel, sleep apnea

Presentations: Dispelling the Common Myths about Breast Cancer, Keeping Bones Healthy- Preventing Osteoporosis and Fracture, Zumba demonstrations

Good to know: From 10 a.m. to noon, there's an informal, come-and-go Q&A with a panel of physicians.


Where: Hotel Palomar, 5300 E. Mockingbird Ln., Dallas, Texas 75206 (Complimentary valet parking at the front entrance)

When: 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Lung function, body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol/glucose (blood pressure and cholesterol/glucose requires pre-registration).

Presentations:Women & Heart Disease: 15 Common Questions, Tummy Trouble Triggers, Women 101: Answers to Your Most Asked Questions, Sharpen Your Mind, Using Exercise & Nutrition to Maximize Your Metabolism, Beauty Inside & Out

Good to know: Enjoy a light breakfast and a free 5-minute massage.


Where: Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, 1400 8th Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104

When: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Blood pressure, cholestorol, glucose, BMI, depression, oral cancer, skin cancer

Presentations: Women and headaches, Fibromyalgia, Women and Heart Health, Ovarian and Cervical Cancers, Women and Hip and Knee Pain, Menopause, Yoga/Pilates, Tai Chi

Good to know: Breast exams are offered by appointment only 


Where: Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St., Garland, TX 75040

When: 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure

Presentations: Gaining Control of Urinary Incontinence, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Child, Healthy You, Simplify Your Weight Loss Resolution–Eat Healthy and Exercise for a Winning Combination

Good to know: A complimentary buffet breakfast is included


Where: Hilton Southlake at Southlake Town Square, 1400 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092

When: 7:00 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, bone density, sleep apnea assessment, and body composition analysis.

Presentations: Physician panels will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Good to know: Free hand massages, breakfast and tennis demonstrations!


Where: Irving Medical Office Building II Conference Center, 2021 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas 75061

(located on the campus of Baylor Medical Center at Irving)

When: 7:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, bone density, sleep apnea assessment, lung function and body fat analysis.

Good to know: Continental breakfast offered


Where: Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, 4700 Alliance Blvd. Plano, TX 75093 and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano

When: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Osteoporosis, GERD and Migraines assessments, Body Fat/BMI assessments, Bone Density Screening, Hearing Screening,  Scoliosis Screening, Skin Cancer Screening, Sleep Disorder Assessment, Blood Pressure, Lung Volume, Cholesterol/Glucose

Presentations: Heart Health on the Run: Seven Steps to a Heart-Loving Lifestyle; What's New? Updates on Breast Cancer Treatment, Testing and Risk Factors; Fast Fixes for Female Trouble; Taking Control of Female Incontinence; Staying Heart-Healthy; Fashion or Function: How High Heels and Hand Bags Affect Your Health; A Healthy Weigh of Life; More Than a Bad Headache

Good to know: Continental breakfast offered; on-site mammography scheduling for your mammogram appointment; da Vinci® S Surgical System demonstration.


Where: BaylorWorx Rehabiliation and Fitness Center, 507 N. Hwy 77 Ste. 700, Waxahachie, TX 75165 (behind Applebee's)

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 22

Screenings: Cholestrol, glucose, blood pressure, balance screening and waist measurement evaluations.

Presentations: Stress Reliving Tai Chi class, Physician Q&A Panel on Diet, Exercise and Weight Loss, Healthy Cooking Demo, Coffee Talk with Your Doc

Good to know: Breakfast and 5-minute chair massages available