Free sessions, screenings available for Women’s Health Week

Options Clinic leading local effort

This week is National Women’s Health Week, and experts across the country are pushing women to take a closer look at their own wellness.

The goal of Women’s Health Week is to highlight the importance of keeping track of your wellness – something that not a lot of women do on a regular basis, often because it’s too expensive.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says one in three women don’t visit a doctor because of the cost. But the local push for women’s health this week is offering another option to those women.

Options Clinic is in its 6th year leading the region’s Women’s Health Week activities with help from Scenic Bluffs, and its goal is to give girls the resources necessary to stay healthy.

“It’s really important for women to remember that there are people out there to talk to about things that maybe you don’t know how to address on your own,” said Kate Noelke, a volunteer for the event.

The clinic has a long list of programs, presentations and people available for free to anyone willing to walk in the door. That includes free mammograms, yoga sessions, and Monday’s wellness consultations to answer your general questions on health.

Monday, May 12: Free wellness consultations from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 13: Yoga in the Street with Root Down Yoga at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14: Free mammograms from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., free skin cancer screenings from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (provided by Gundersen Health System)

Thursday, May 15: Wine for Women’s Health from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at La Crosse City Brewery Hospitality Center. Tickets are $25; to purchase them in advance, call 608-775-8380.

Friday, May 16: Women’s Health and Contraception presentation by Robert Hatcher, MD, from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

All week: blood pressure checks, T dap vaccines and more.