The Women’s Wellness Fair and Fitness Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Halifax County Middle School located at 1011 Middle School Circle in South Boston. 

The event is organized by Carrington Consulting and benefits the Mentor-Role Model Program, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, training and mentors to more than 125 youth in Halifax County. 

The purpose of the event is to promote positive lifestyles and healthy behaviors that contribute to longevity, according to Mentor Role Model Program Executive Director Angela Yancey.

The Women’s Wellness Fair and Fitness Party is a two-part event.  The Wellness Fair is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes free health screenings, demonstrations, workshops and entertainment. 

Local surgeon Dr. Michelle Helms will conduct a breast care workshop and perform breast examinations for those who request them, as well as promote the “Every Woman’s Life” initiative that provides free breast and cervical cancer screens to women in need. 

Other staff from Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital will conduct free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure tests. 

The Halifax County AIDS Service Organization and the South Boston/Halifax County Sickle Cell Chapter will provide health information. 

CeCe Jones Davis of the Women and Girls’ Working Group will solicit donations of menstruation and women’s hygiene products to give to local homeless and women’s shelters. 

Kecia Tucker-Kalu will demonstrate healthy cooking techniques. 

Anna Medley, lingerie expert at the South Boston Belk store, will offer free bra-fitting services as well. 

Four motivational speakers are scheduled to share their stories of triumph over adversity at the event and promote confidence, forgiveness and self-nurturing.  They include singer/songwriter Feleshia Ballou, local icon and dance instructor Pat Crew, Mrs. Virginia 2015 Cindy Eller and former St. Louis Cardinal Cordell Farley, author of “Life Lessons of a Throwaway Kid.” 

At least 16 vendors will be on hand all day offering jewelry, weight-loss products, art, handbags, financial services, cooking supplies, scarves and accessories and much more for sale.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the Zumba Fitness Party will take place in the gymnasium.  Eight instructors from the Roanoke area, North Carolina and southern Virginia will get the crowd moving in an energized, two hour-long tropical-themed exercise party.

The first 50 guests at each event will receive gift bags and door prizes, and $1 raffle items will be available as well. 

Tickets to the Wellness Fair are $4 and $6 for the Zumba® Fitness Party, if purchased in advance at the Mentor-Role Model Program office in the Washington-Coleman Complex in South Boston.  They are $5 and $7, respectively, at the door on the day of the event.

Additional information regarding the Women’s Wellness Fair and Fitness Party may be found on Facebook, by phone at 540-300-1308 or via email at