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New Year’s health begins at Wellness Fair

January 5, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

More than thirty exhibits that showcase local resources for health and wellness are available Saturday, January 11th at the annual Grundy County Wellness Fair at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, sponsored by the county Wellness Coalition and Grundy County Farm Bureau. Back by popular demand are low-cost blood screenings, free blood pressure checks, information on emergency preparedness, and enrollment for the Live Healthy Iowa Wellness Challenge. New to the 2014 event are a mini-seminar on the benefits of bicycling and free screenings to measure heart disease risk as well as memory screenings.

Exhibits will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., located throughout the hospital and the adjacent medical office building. Free breakfast samples will be available in the hospital's East J Caf.

"There are abundant resources in Grundy County to support goals for improved wellness," remarks Wellness Coalition member and hospital Food, Nutrition and Wellness Manager Crystal Petersen. "Bringing everyone together in one place makes it easy for people to see what's available." In addition, Petersen notes that the Wellness Fair provides an opportunity for low-cost blood screening so attendees can begin the year with information about their key numbers, including general blood chemistry and complete cholesterol, prostrate health for men, (PSA test) and thyroid screening (TSH). Hemogram and Hemoglobin A1C testing are also available, all for a modest cost. Fasting after midnight is required for the lipid panel (cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides).

Participants will be able to sign up for the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge, reserve a plot in the Grundy Community Gardens, learn about radon safety, dental health, spiritual health, receive a free chair massage, and much more.

The free educational mini-sessions begin at 8:00 a.m. in the hospital's Education Room and topics change each thirty minutes. The schedule includes:

- Cooking with Quinoa, Joan Schuller, Grundy Center Family & Consumer Science teacher.

- Spend Smart, Eat Smart, Shari Sell-Baker, Grundy County Extension.

- Discover the Benefits of Bicycling, Bike Tech (including tips on incorporating bicycling to work into your routine).

Both the Grundy County Farm Bureau and Wellness Coalition members are organizing the Wellness Fair. Questions may be directed to Petersen at the hospital, or Julie Grunklee or Sharon Wambold, Wellness Coalition members from Reinbeck.

The list of exhibits includes:

Grundy County Wellness Coalition Free body fat percentage testing. Learn how to sign up for The Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge.

Grundy Family YMCA Sign-up for Y membership at the Wellness Fair & pay no activation fee. Winter 2014 adult & youth programs start January 13th. Check out new programs: Fox Trot & swing dancing, Adult Coed Volleyball, Stretching, and new Kickboxing & Boot Camp class times.

Grundy Center Ambulance Learn about lifesaving services & see equipment first hand. Investigate what it takes to join & volunteer for these services.

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center, Inc.

Germ Busters Information on common germs that are easily spread, especially during the cold and flu season.

Grundy County Emergency Management Agency Learn how to prepare a home emergency kit. Pamphlets on being prepared for all types of emergencies will be available.

Grundy Center Family Dental Pick up free dental hygiene supplies and professional information on current dental topics.

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging HVAAA can help you become a partner in your health care. Information on the Aging & Disability Resource Center which includes chronic disease self-management, nutrition program, elder abuse, case management, fall prevention & more.

Cedar Valley Hospice Emphasizing the quality of life, rather than the length of life.

Bike Tech Visit with a bicycling expert. Take this opportunity to ask recreational, competitive, & commuter questions.

Iowa Legal Aid Learn about services provided.

Grundy Gardens Showcasing the community garden project and offering plots for 2014.

Tranquility on Main Providing chair massages to participants as well as information about massage as a part of whole body health.

Ministerial Association will have information on resources for spiritual health.

I-Smile Promoting oral health and Hawk-I outreach.

Memory Screening Free, confidential memory screening. Early screening is the most important tool to check for mild cognitive and/or memory loss providing a better opportunity to treat reversible causes.

Black Hawk Hearing Aid Ask questions about hearing loss, tinnitus, testing & hearing aids. Hearing screening will be available.

Sleep Study Lab Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you always tired? Do you snore loudly? Take a quiz to alert you to any problems resulting for poor quality sleep. Learn more about the connection between sleep, sleep disorders & heart disease.

Blood Screens/Lipid Profile GCMH technicians will draw blood for participants who want to start the New Year knowing their numbers. (Fasting is required after 10:00 p.m. the evening prior to your test.)

o General Chemistry, Liver & Complete Cholesterol profile

o PSA (Prostate blood test)

o TSH (Thyroid test)

o Hemogram

o Hemoglobin A1C (Diabetes check)

Payment is check or cash at the time of the draw.

Unity Point Clinic - Grundy Center Free blood pressure checks.

Grundy County Public Health It's never too late for a flu shot! Stop by and get yours. Have you heard about our Medical Reserve Corps volunteers? Find out more information on how you can become a volunteer & help prepare communities in Grundy County for emergencies & disasters.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital The hospital's Surgery, Radiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Therapy services will be on hand to offer information about health services available, including the heart disease assessment HeartAware, and information on Smoking Cessation and Diabetes Education

The Runners Flat A demonstration & explanation of gait analysis for participants - a key element for getting into the proper shoe ensuring healthy, happy feet.

2 Coats Mission: Bridging the gap between those who have and those who need. See how to get involved & volunteer your time.

Grundy County Extension and Outreach Promoting healthy people, economies & environments.

Pathways Behavioral Services Learn about programs, services & counseling to prevent & treat substance abuse & gambling. Find information regarding mental health counseling to individuals, families & communities to improve the quality of life in Northeast Iowa.

Life Serve Blood Center Pick up information about becoming a blood donor.

Black Hawk County Health Department Iowa's First Five. Learn about this initiative to enhance well-child care for a better outlook for our children's future.

Greater Des Moines Volksport Association Volkssport means a peoples sport. Learn about this walking club that promotes physical fitness through non-competitive sporting events.



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