SALEM - The Salem Community Center's Fourth Annual Women's Night Out from 4 to 9 p.m. March 20 is all about change - changing childrens' lives through nutrition and exercise education and living with life's changes.
"Things have to change. That's not bad, that's evolution," SCC Executive Director Heather Young said will be the message of featured speaker Judson Laipply.
The event itself is changing, too, with some tweaking to the lineup of activities to give women more time for shopping and socializing while still keeping the education element regarding fitness and nutrition.
Salem Community Center facility supervisor Connie Schoch, left, and computer program instructor Willi Kowal stand inside the Children's Fitness Center while promoting the Fourth Annual Women's Night Out from 4 to 9 p.m. March 20 at SCC. The event benefits programming for children. Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $200 and can be purchased at SCC up through 9 p.m. March 11. No tickets will be sold at the door. The event features a marketplace with local vendors, a buffet dinner with a chocolate fountain, a guest panel discussing hot topics and inspirational comedian Judson Laipply as featured speaker. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
"I think people will be happy with the changes," Young said.
Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $200 and can be purchased at the SCC reception desk or by credit card by calling 330-332-5885, with ticket sales closing at 9 p.m. March 11.
Young said the focus has always been fighting childhood obesity through the Children's Fitness Center and programming to teach children how to take care of their bodies. In Columbiana County, the childhood obesity rate is 22.6 percent, according to the Ohio Department of health.
WHAT: Women's Night Out
WHEN: 4 to 9 p.m. March 20
WHERE: Salem Community Center
TICKETS: $25 per person, table of eight $200; purchase at SCC until March 11
Young said the idea is to "instill good health through education, through nutrition and through exercise."
Women's Night Out still begins with shopping in the marketplace featuring 70 vendors catering to women's interests from 4 to 8 p.m., along with the ever popular chocolate fountain, fruits, veggies and cheese. Instead of just finger foods, there will be a buffet dinner by Catered Affair available from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring apricot chicken, red skin potatoes, pasta, green beans, rolls and more.
Young said they learned from the evaluations from last year's events that the women use the night as a social evening out and too much was being crammed into the hours available. So this year instead of breakout sessions with physicians and nutritionists where women were limited to choosing just two of the offerings, there will be a local guest panel discussion of hot topics beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Young said it will be similar to the television shows "The View" and "The Talk" where a group of women talk about various topics women face every day, such as the effect of social media on the family unit, Internet and cell phone safety, hormone replacement and alternatives to medications, warning signs and prevention for heart disease, what to know about vitamin supplements, portion control, being part of the sandwich generation and safety at home, work, school and in the community.
Panelists will include Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Carol Robb, Salem Community Hospital social worker Betsy Williams, SCH family practice physician Sarah Bendel, D.O., and nurse Andrea Corbisello, professor of nursing at Kent State University Salem Campus. Moderators will be Danielle Cotterman and Lindsay McCoy, both from WFMJ TV Channel 21.
Inspirational comedian Judson Laipply, who created the Evolution of Dance, will speak at 8 p.m. on "Life is Change and the Paradoxes of Life." A nationally known speaker who has appeared on the Today Show, Ellen, Inside Edition, E! and Oprah, his message will deal with change and not worrying about what can't be changed.
Young said they'll still have men with tuxedos and jazz music provided by the Jack Halkides Quintet featuring Peggy Cole.
Money raised from Women's Night Out helps to fund a number of programs for children throughout the year, including STOMP (Surge to Optimum Max Power), a 90-minute free physical fitness and nutrition-based program for third graders in area school systems. The students come together at SCC for activities and information regarding healthy eating and exercising. While there, they use the Children's Fitness Center, which was designed with smaller machines for children ages 6 to 12. The center includes treadmills, ellipticals, Brain bikes, weight machines, the Wii, Xbox and stability balls.
This past fall, SCC teamed up with Akron Children's Hospital and Kohl's for a childhood obesity program called Future Fitness Club. The next session begins Monday and continues through April 11 at a cost of $30 for six weeks of activities. Participants spend a day in the Children's Fitness Center, a day in the pool and a day learning about nutrition each week for six weeks.
Young said the goal is weight loss, with children tested at the beginning for their body mass index, weight and
strength and again at the end to see how they've changed from the exercise and nutrition. Dietitians from Youngstown State University work with the children on portion control, super foods for healthy eating and how to put together a balanced meal. They also work with the parents.
"'If we can focus on the exercise and education at a low cost, we feel we can still help the kids and their families," she said.
Sponsors for Women's Night Out include: platinum, Haltec, Salem Community Hospital and the Pearce Foundation; gold, Sterling House and New Styles Salon and Tanning; bronze, BOC Water Hydraulics, Salem Radiologists, Essex of Salem, Kent State University Salem and East Liverpool campuses and Columbiana Area BPW.
For information, check www.salemcommunitycenter.com or call 330-332-5885.