Women enjoy “Game of Life” health fair
(Slide show from the fair)
(Video of Women's Health Round Table)
Well over 400 were in attendance at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital’s annual Women’s Health Fair Saturday. The theme for the event was “Health, the Game for Life.”
Tina Poston, Director of SGCMH Marketing and Community Relations, said not only hospital booths, but many of the vendors, jumped on the theme in decorating their tables.
“We saw bits of the game being played out up and down the hallways,” Poston said. “Spinning wheels, action cards, and colorful posters were in abundance. I think everyone had fun with this theme.”
Since health was the “name of the game” for organizers of the event, health screenings were offered and many hospital departments had booths to showcase the many services offered at SGCMH.
Poston was very pleased with the speaker presentations this year.
“We had quite a variety of speakers this year, and those who attended the presentations learned a great deal,” said Poston. “It was evident from the wide range of questions, that women had health on their minds.”
Casey Koller, physical Therapist from Mid America Rehab relayed information on the importance of stretching and how to keep muscles flexible, strong, and healthy.
Members of the hospital’s medical staff provided a wide range of information as they answered audience health questions during their round table discussion. Dr. Matthew Bosner, cardiologist; Joseph Sharlow, General surgeon; Laura Selby, Registered Dietician; Dr. Phillip Kintner, OB/GYN; Dr. Tony Lam, OB/Gyn; and Britney Tarrillion, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner all answered questions. Topics addressed included: blood pressure guideline changes; pre-eclampsia; communicating with your primary care provider; the importance and frequency of health screenings like mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies; and putting healthy food back in our diets.
Officer Christy Clark, resource officer at Ste. Genevieve High School, presented extensive information on cyber security. She said that for all the good things the Internet has to offer, there is an equal number of dangerous pitfalls. She emphasized the need for keeping passwords and credit card numbers safe as well as educating our young people about the dangers of communicating online with unknown sources.
The final speaker presentation featured Audubon Restaurant Chef Nate Molnar who teamed up with Nurse Practitioner Kim Browne for a healthy cooking demonstration. Twenty taste testers were picked at random from the crowd and they all enjoyed the spinach salad; chicken, mushroom and asparagus stir fry; and caramel fried zucchini, all made with healthy substitutes.
Women come to the fair for a variety of reasons, but perks in attending include the goodies and attendance prizes given by the many vendors. This year’s $500 grand prize, sponsored by Lakenan Insurance and First Bank, was a kitchen essentials package with an Instant Pot, air fryer, dishes, knife set, flatware, and more won by Kathy Lewandowski.
Poston gave special thanks to Crown Hospice for their fun photo booth; Sandi Schilli for providing the relaxation station and rock painting; the Partners for their chicken salad sandwich sale and manning the check in stations; and especially to all the vendors.
“Our vendors add a special element to our fair that make it an enjoyable experience for all of our visitors,” she said. “The halls are crowded, but I don’t think anyone really minds—they’re having too much fun!”