Providing county residents with the tools to improve personal health is the goal of the Grundy County Wellness Fair to be held Saturday, January 12 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital. Sponsors of the annual event, the Grundy County Wellness Coalition and the Grundy County Farm Bureau, are finalizing educational presentations and exhibits for the Wellness Fair, which is free and open to the public.
Resources for health and well-being are available at the Fair, including free and low cost health screenings, nutrition know-how, and exercise demonstrations. A popular feature of the event is the availability of blood screenings for lipids, prostrate health, and thyroid health. The screenings make it convenient for people to determine their key numbers for good health, and begin the new year with a plan to improve numbers that may be outside of a healthy range. It's also a good opportunity to re-check progress made on a prescribed diet and exercise program. Screenings are conducted by the Grundy County Memorial Hospital laboratory, and will begin at 7:00 a.m. Fasting after midnight is required for the lipid panel (cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides).
Wellness Fair attendees will enjoy mini-sessions on topics ranging from yoga, a CPR refresher, and cooking demonstrations. Popular exhibits from past Wellness Fairs will return, such as free mini-massages, blood pressure screening, body fat percentage check, hearing screening, and a walking or running assessment to insure proper shoe fit. A free oatmeal and yogurt breakfast will be available in the hospital's East J Caf.
"People in Grundy County can find a complete range of wellness services and assessments at the Wellness Fair," says Andrew Peters, Wellness Coalition chair, who emphasizes that residents don't need to go far to find the resources they need for good health. "Try out a variety of wellness services offered right here in the county!" Both the Grundy County Farm Bureau and Wellness Coalition members are organizing the Wellness Fair. The Farm Bureau would like to encourage past participants of its Wellness Fair, usually held in March, to attend the Fair on January 12th since the Farm Bureau is combining efforts with the county wellness group for the 2013 event.