All too often women place themselves dead last when it comes to their health....even behind the family pet. In an event being held at Southern Ocean Medical Center next week, women's health is being placed on the front burner.

The Meridian Health affiliate is hosting its 21st annual Women's Health Night on Wednesday October 24th in Manahawkin. Women of all ages will be treated to a wide variety of health screenings, educational seminars, free gifts, refreshments and get to interact with staff physicians.

Meridian Program Manager Carol Schoenberger says "it's a night for women to come out and just it's a night for themselves to kind of look at their own health and take care of themselves for the night, while learning a lot about staying well but at the same time enjoying the evening out."

Schoenberger says they have a full schedule of lectures scheduled that cover breast health, hormone replacement therapy and heart disease.

The event also offers several health screenings that require a little advance preparation, like the Fasted Lipid test to for a comprehensive cholesterol screening which much be taken two days prior to the Health Night and pap smears. Other health screenings include: blood pressure, blood sugar, bone density, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, balance, foot screenings, hearing and pulmonary function.

Schoenberger says "women who would like to take part in the lipid profile should come to the Beach Plum Conference Room at SOCH at 1140 Route 72 West on Monday Morning, October 22nd from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Fasting for 12 hours is required prior to having blood drawn. (You may have medications and water as needed). She says participants wishing to have a free pap smear are required to schedule an appointment through 1-800-DOCTORS prior to the event."

She says they'll also have community resources at the event.

Women's Health Night runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Southern Ocean Medial Center located on 1140 Route 72 West in Manahawkin. For more information call 1-800-DOCTORS.