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Wellness fair delivers healthy start to 2015

January 25, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

More than 220 people attended the annual Wellness Fair sponsored by the Grundy County Wellness Coalition and the Grundy County Farm Bureau on Saturday, and organizers say the turn-out at the event held at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital demonstrates the interest that people are taking in maintaining their own good health.

"People from fourteen different communities attended the event," says Crystal Petersen, Wellness Coalition member. "We were happy to see a good number of towns and people represented, and to hear that many people were encouraged by a family member or their doctor to attend the event."

More than thirty displays and health screenings were available. Close to 150 people took advantage of low-cost blood screenings offered by the Grundy County Memorial Hospital lab, and more than thirty people participated in the free hearing screenings. Among the most popular displays were free 'mini-massages' for stress relief offered by local massage therapists Debbie Poland and Sharon Wambold, and information on dressing warmly for outdoor physical activity during the winter months.

Those who attended the Wellness Fair were eligible for a prize drawing if they visited at least ten booths at the event, and the following names were drawn as winners:

Sally Lennard Runner's Flat gift card; Gary Neil Garmin Vivosmart; Sharla Brindle - MoJo Wellness & Energy Health Coaching Session; Rhonda Samo First Aid Kit; Donna Cannon 30 minute massage; Duane Nevenhouen 30 minute massage; Diane Stephan J & E Specialty Meats gift certificate; Esther Meyer Healthy Cookbook; Jean Thoren Scheels gift card; Marcia Frost Cedar Valley Hospice gift basket; Taylor Petersen ISU camping chair.

"The Grundy County Wellness Coalition appreciates all of the volunteers from the Farm Bureau who helped at the event, and all of the exhibitors from both Grundy County and neighboring Waterloo/Cedar Falls for their participation," remarks Petersen.



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