Health fair offers cures for what ails PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 28 January 2013 11:22
Rebecca Burge with Nagle Chiropratic gives a massage during freem Health Fair at the Simpson Building in Bowling Green on Saturday. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A steady stream of visitors came and went from the Simpson Building on Saturday where they learned about everything from proper nutrition and exercise to insurance coverage and senior living options.
The event, which drew 50 vendors, took place as part of the first Health Fair sponsored by the Wood County Hospital and Sentinel-Tribune.
"It has been very well attended for our first attempt at a health fair," said Betty Kahlenberg, advertising director for the Sentinel-Tribune.
"We had vendors there from one end of the spectrum to the other and everything in between," she said.
The vendors represented a variety of health fields including: holistic health, vision, recreation, speech and hearing, senior living options, hospice, mental health agencies, drinking water options, financial, salons and cosmetics, pharmacies, medical equipment, in-home health care, insurance agencies, dermatologists, fitness centers, learning centers, chiropractors and more.
In addition to the vendor booths, there were also several speakers who discussed health issues such as vascular disease, important tests and screenings needed by adults, and sleep disorders. Free health screens and kids activities were also offered.
Wood County Hospital's Jana Bechstein, left, does a bone density check on Tari Geer during the free Health Fair.
Wood County Hospital's Cory Panning gives free blood pressure screenings during the free Health Fair.
Connie Porter, a registered nurse and diabetes educator, and Ryan Majcher, a registered dietician, spoke on "Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget."
Their first piece of advice for attendees was to have a plan.
"When you go to a grocery store, you don't want to go without something in mind," Porter said.
And try to avoid going to the store when hungry.
"If you go to the store and you are hungry, what do you buy? Garbage," Majcher said.
"It's a habit you don't want to get into," he said.
Porter suggested making note cards with each meal your family likes. Then, write the ingredients on the back of the note card and it can double as a grocery list for a given week.
Keeping to the perimeter of the grocery store can yield healthier purchases, they advised. On the perimeter, there is produce, grains, lean meat and proteins and dairy.
"Not to say that there is not any healthy stuff in the middle, because there is," Majcher said. "But, for the most part, the junk foods are going to be in the middle of the aisles."
The educators also suggested raising eating standards by eating a variety of leaner proteins and low-fat dairy.
"If you can stomach the 'white water,' as people like to call it, it's the best thing for you," Majcher said.
They also advised to visit multiple stores to get the best deal.
"If you live in Bowling Green, take advantage of the many stores we have available in a small radius," Majcher said.
There is also the "price match" option offered by some stores.
"It can save you a significant amount of money," he said.
The Wood County Hospital and Sentinel-Tribune are planning another health fair next year. They hope to move to a larger venue to accommodate more vendors.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 11:30

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