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   Women's Health Fair warmed a cool winter's day
The Women’s Health Fair at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital delivered hot speaker presentations, sizzling enthusiasm and warm smiles every where you looked—just as its theme “Heat up the Winter” promised.

The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center, a perennial favorite of the fair, gave fair goers a chance to see Tai Chi Boxing for exercise and self-defense; An overflowing crowd listened as Laura Gegg presented Extreme Couponing; Dr. Matthew Bosner talked about heart health and stroke prevention (click here to hear his presentation); and Kelly Donze and Dr. Tony Lam sorted out the facts and myths surrounding menopause.

The 500 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). 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 browse the many vendor tables and hospital booths and chat along the way. Conversations are in no short supply," said Poston. "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."

The cooking demonstration to close the fair brought a packed house.

“Our guest chefs from Crown Valley, Brittany and Andy Gegg, gave a wonderful presentation on healthy alternatives, like rotisserie chicken instead of fried chicken,” she said. “They even supplied tasty samples for the nearly 100+ people in the audience. For many it was the first time they had a taste of bison meat.”

When the prize winners were drawn, there was a big holler from the back of the room as Jazz Coffman showed her excitement for winning the Ronco rotisserie. Our other big winners of the day were Donna Crannick winner of the Gas Bar-B-Q Grill and Marilyn Seabaugh, winner of the fire pit. Both of these prizes were donated by County-Do-It Center in Bloomsdale and Ste. Genevieve.

“We’d like to give a huge thank you to Ronco, County Do-It and the vendors who supplied dozens and dozens of door prizes that make it so much fun for our fairgoers,” Poston said. “It wouldn’t be a fair without them. We’d also like to thank Sheila Henderson from Portrait Gallery for her “Hot Shots” photo booth. The women really enjoy that.”
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