Special Health Clinic Was for Women; They Often Fail to Take Care of Themselves after Helping Others, Organizers Say

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Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer

A local lawyer recently joined forces with a women's ministry to host a downtown health clinic aimed at women.

The Just for You Women's Clinic was held Saturday at the Mary Singleton Center downtown.

It featured cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings, breast exam demonstrations and health information talks in addition to a variety of events "just to boost their confidence and make them feel better about themselves," said organizer Thelma Rigby, founder of Blessed Deliverance Ministries that hosted the clinic.

"Our main goal is to compel women to excel to their optimum potential," Rigby said. "We believe the total person has to be considered -- the physical, spiritual and emotional."

She said her ministry focuses on women because they often forget to take care of themselves.

"Women are often so busy taking care of others they somehow de-emphasize the significance of taking care of themselves," Rigby said.

She is concerned with women, especially African-American women, learning more about heart disease, which, she said, "can be a silent killer."

Beauty consultants from Beauti Control and Mary Kay Cosmetics were on hand to provide tips and demonstrate products.

Representatives from the Magnolia Project, based downtown, were also on hand to discuss pre-natal health care and other health issues of particular concern to low-income women and teen moms. …