Health fair draws over 400

3/3/2016

click here for dozens of photos from the fair.

Over four hundred women attended the 2016 Women’s Health Fair at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. The event drew nearly 80 vendors, including a dozen or more who were new to the fair.

“The word is spreading and many vendors are coming to us and asking for a booth at the fair,” said Tina Poston, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “We had so many that we had to extend booths into our ER hallway.

     
Speakers this year included Kelsey Kertz from the Ste. Genevieve Community Center who demonstrated PiYo, a combination of Pilates and yoga; Dr. Matthew Bosner talked about deep vein thrombosis and ways to avoid it; Dr. Theresa Cavins helped make sense of recent changes to mammogram screenings; and Dr. Joseph Sharlow informed participants on SculpSure, a 25-minute non-invasive body contouring treatment now offered at Genesis Med Spa.

Visitors to the fair had health on their minds, taking advantage of the many health screenings available.

“The objective of our health screenings is to increase awareness about potential health problems,” said Poston, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “Sometimes the best health care is preventive.”

The screenings offered free this year included blood pressure and pulmonary function tests (PFT) and dementia screenings. For a nominal $15 charge, women could have a blood sugar, total cholesterol and triglyceride screening. Poston said the health fair is as much about health as it is a social event.

“Women enjoyed browsing the many vendor tables and hospital booths,” said Poston. “The photo booth by Sheila Henderson and Trotter Photography is always fun for fairgoers. Conversations are in no short supply. Many women remarked that they learned about new services SGCMH offers that they never knew about. This fair really gives us a chance to showcase our hospital."

Congratulations to our big winners of the day (pictured at left l-r): Cindy Glassey, winner of the SculpSure treatment at Genesis Med Spa; Lillian Brewer, winner of the Apple Watch (courtesy of Lakenan Insurance); and Rachel Naeger, winner of the Fitbit (courtesy of Better Hearing Solutions).

“No one walked away empty handed,” said Poston. “Our vendors had plenty of giveaways at their tables and most donated a door prize, which participants could win by spinning the prize wheel.”

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