Archive for Wednesday, April 9, 2003

Wellness festival to offer screenings, health information

April 9, 2003

As nice as it sounds, an apple a day won't meet most people's health needs.

But the Community Wellness Festival hopes to provide Baldwin with educational information and area services so people won't have to rely on apples to remain healthy.

"We want to let people know what Baldwin services, and county-wide services, are available for the community," said Ruth Sarna, festival co-director and Baker University's director of student health.

Around 50 exhibitors with information and education about area health services will be at the second Community Wellness Festival from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 at the Collins Center on Baker's campus, Sixth and Fremont streets.

"There will be a lot of non-profit organizations as well as various for-profit organizations who are providing educational services or information," said Janet McManus, festival co-director and Baker's director of human resources.

Some of the exhibitors include the American Red Cross, Baker University School of Nursing, Baldwin Athletic Club, Douglas County Aids Project, DCCCA, Relay for Life, Parents as Teachers, Hospice Care, Baldwin Care Center and Vintage Park.

Safe Kids Coalition will also be conducting car-seat checks to help parents make sure children's car seats are properly installed in vehicles.

Sarna said besides handing out health information, exhibitors will also be looking for those interested in volunteering.

The wellness festival, which is funded by a Douglas County Community Foundation Grant, will also offer a number of free health screenings that includes vision, blood pressure, bone density, body fat, step test, hearing, lung volume and flexibility.

"It focuses on all aspects of people's lives," Sarna said of the festival. "It's a total approach."

She said Lawrence Memorial Hospital will also offer a Total Lipid Profile and other blood tests to assess healthy body functions.

Males will also be able to register for a Prostate Specific Antigen test.

There is a fee for the total lipid profile and PSA. Those who pre-register before April 16 will pay $20. It will cost $25 if the PSA is included. The fee will increase $10 for those who register on the day of the festival.

Registration forms for the lab tests were distributed in last week's Signal and the most recent Baldwin School District newsletter. Forms can also be found at the three Baldwin banks, the Baldwin City Market, Santa Fe Market, Baldwin Athletic Club, Espress Yourself and Harter Union.

Sarna said the cost of the tests is a lot less than normal. Usually total costs for all of the tests can be around $200.

"The tests, they're a bargain," she said. "The registration fee is extremely reasonable."

Transportation is available to those who need it by calling Jackie Lorenzen at 594-2411 by April 21.

McManus said she encouraged people to take advantage of the wellness festival.

"It provides education opportunities to the community," she said. "It will enhance their well being."

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