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Tennessee women to celebrate Day of “Free”dom

Nashville Convention Center transforms into state’s largest life support system for women. Mayor Karl Dean, First Lady Anne Davis and Tennessean celebrity columnist Beverly Keel co-host kickoff rally

woman-w-flowerNASHVILLE: You know it’s going to be a good day when, in a single stop, you can try Laughter Yoga, repair a toilet, take care of all those nagging financial obligations (like setting up a living will, a serious budget and a plan of attack to improve your credit score), check your cholesterol and tend to your physical and spiritual health without spending a dime. That’s exactly what women can expect at the fifth annual All About Women experience coming to the Nashville Convention Center on Saturday January 24 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

On January 24, women from every walk of life are encouraged to break free from their everyday obligations, grab their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, and take advantage of the free downtown parking and the more than 100 different free services and activities geared especially for them.

“All About Women” is not just an event, it’s an interactive experience that makes it easy for you to focus on the things you’ve been meaning to: stress, kids, job, home, finances, and most of all, your health and happiness,” said Sally Smallwood, All About Women founder. “It’s a one-stop shop for women, who, let’s face it, are so busy taking care of everyone else that they backburner their own health and wealth needs.”

Organizers expect about 10,000 participants.  Kicking off the day with an 8:30 a.m. get-your-blood-pumping rally at the Convention Center will be Mayor Karl Dean along with co-hosts Anne Davis, the city’s First Lady, and Tennessean columnist Beverly Keel.  Highlights of the All About Women experience include:

  • Divabetics, a pop music-style diabetes education stage show, featuring fun “Boalicious” and “Chair Cha Cha” workouts, healthy lifestyle tips, interactive games, diabetes education and prize giveaways.
  • Cancer Queens, a cancer prevention musical revue.
  • Ms Cheap, aka Mary Hance, with creative tips for frugal living.
  • WKRN-Channel 2’s Lisa Patton, hosts an evening program for young women.

All About Health Section

All four sections will feature health screenings but this section will host Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Highway to Health with glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, CO, eye screening and more.  Also included are  the art of the self-exam, medical consultations, skin and carpal tunnel analysis,  pressure point exams, spinal assessments , hand facials, foot therapy, zero gravity massage and pain relief.  Service providers include Brentwood Chiropractic, Back to Life Chiropractic, TN Orthopedic Alliance (TOA), BeautiControl Spa Escapes, Mary Kay, Votre Vu, Susan G Komen for the Cure, All Natural Prevention, Roth Wellness and Chiropractic, and  FaceLogic Spa.

The Up There, Down There stage will allow women to ask the experts about everything “up there” and “down there,” such as Matters of the Heart, Bedroom Basics (sleep and sex), Aging Beautifully and “I’d like to buy a B” (bowel and bladder).

All About Home Section

With guidance from The Home Depot experts, ladies will get to lay tile, caulk and weatherstrip, patch and paint, repair a toilet, install a faucet, gain basic knowledge of tools and the skills necessary to use them safely, learn how to switch 2-prong outlets to 3-prong outlets and install window security.

In Mama’s World, parents can discover whether they’re smarter than the average parent when it comes to child development, discipline strategies and family interaction.  Child safety tips from the Kennedy Center & Safety Store, register for free books through Books from Birth. A special focus on Latina pre-natal nutrition, exercise and cultural myth busting will be provided by St. Thomas Health Services.

Other features include, nutrition education sponsored by Publix, love-versus-violence awareness from the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the Metro Police Domestic Violence Division, and tips on proper condom use from Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee.  The Men’s Health Network will be on hand to help explain, well, men.

All About Life Section

Know and manage your resources with Financial Fitness activities, credit scores and homebuyer readiness from Century 21 Alamo and Realty Mortgage Corp., investor readiness and financial positioning from the Tennessee Securities Division, individual financial planning, budgeting, investing and insurance needs from Waddell & Reed and long-term care options provided by AFLAC.

Learn to play it safe with a personal fire escape plan from the Nashville Fire Department, prevent fraud and identity theft with tips from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, put on a pair of DUI goggles with the Metro Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Unit. Also try Wii Fit and Wii Music compliments of Best Buy, journaling with Her Nashville and circuit training with Curves.  Make a difference by becoming friendlier to the environment with Ground Zero and make your voice heard in the voting arena.

All About Me Section

Focus on your personal best with resume and interview workshops, image consultations, continuing education courses and dressing for success. Reduce stress levels with meditation techniques from Eckankar and healing prayer from the Christian Science Reading Room.  Participate In Zumba, Hip Hop Funk, Boa Blast workout, Abs, Yoga for the Rest of Us, Hula Hoops and more on the Active Lifestyles stage.


All About Women is an ongoing initiative committed to improving the health and well-being of women in Tennessee through education and connection. Founded in 2003 following the release of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research Status of Women report, which ranked Tennessee in the bottom 10 in the nation, All About Women has a mission to connect women with engaging, free resources to balance and renew their lives and improve their health. The organization remains committed to its founding principles by keeping All About Women free, interactive, all-inclusive, accessible, fun and open to the public. Visit www.allaboutwomentn.org or call (615) 383-7122 for more information or to volunteer. Find us on Facebook under “All About Women Tennessee.”


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