Mile Buff Medical Center hosted their fourth annual Tweens’ Night Out at Olson Middle School April 21.
Sessions were held to educate young girls about health and wellness topics such as stress, healthy eating, immunizations and skin care. Exhibits were held by Hatch Public Library and the UW Extension Office/4-H Youth Development, Juneau County Health Department/Cancer Clear and Simple and Hope House.
Martha Airth-Kindree, executive director of Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation, said the event provides a fun, healthy and safe atmosphere for those in their early teenage years to learn about the changes they go through during adolescence.
“It’s a time when people are finding themselves and learning more about themselves,” Airth-Kindree said. “They are also at that age where they are having a lot of changes in their bodies. So they want to know why and what to expect.”
A style show was held later in the evening with models presenting clothing by Outlets in the Dells. Airth-Kindree said the reason for the show is to promote “appropriate and fun” clothing for their age.
The event was the idea of Gracelyn Footit, a sophomore at Mauston High School, who created the event four years ago after her mother attended a Women’s Night Out session.
“I thought ‘hey maybe other teenage girls are interested in going like I am,’” Footit said.
She also came up with the motto for the event, “Discover, Learn Shine with Enthusiasm,” which she said hopes those who attended the event learn about themselves and how they can become better people in the community.
“They have to start thinking about how they want to grow up and what they want to learn about and how to be the best self’s they can be,” Footit said.
The event was held in collaboration with the Juneau County Women’s Health Initiative, a division of Mile Bluff Medical Center Foundation.