Health fair expands focus to promote nutrition, fitness


Bone density screening. Check.

Blood testing. Check.

Digital foot scan. Check.

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This is just a sample of the screenings and demonstrations that will be offered at more than 40 booths during Saturday’s Live Well Expo, presented by Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

The 32nd annual event, set for 7 to 11 a.m. in Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium, used to be known as the Community Health Fair and was conducted in the spring. It will focus on four main areas — healthy eating/nutrition, fitness/being active, medical screenings and community resources.

This is the first time for it to be in the fall.

“We just needed a little extra planning in order to transform this health fair into something that we really want it to be,” said Julie Idlewine, marketing specialist with Schneck.

“We’re focusing more about educating the public about being healthy, and that can come in different forms,” she said.

“We’re really encouraging people to take control and really embrace a healthier lifestyle, whether it’s being more active, eating better or getting those tests to make sure you are staying healthy.”

To go along with healthy eating, the hospital’s nutrition services department will provide cooking demonstrations at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

For being active, Fitness 1440 of Seymour will do a hula-hoop demonstration at 9 a.m., and Snap Fitness of Seymour will lead a fitness demonstration at 10 a.m.

All of the medical screenings are free unless you want to get a comprehensive blood profile, which costs $35. Idlewine said that is a more advanced report for people to share with their doctor.

New this year are oral cancer screenings by Dr. Tamara Hiester. In the past, Idlewine said, the hospital made that type of screening available at a different time at the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center. At the health fair, no appointments will be necessary for the screenings, and they will be done in a private room.

One popular attraction at the event is an inflatable colon, which people walk through and learn about that organ. Colorectal cancer is the third-most-common cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

That also goes along with the hospital’s “80 percent by 2018” initiative. The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable movement involves nearly 500 organizations that have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward having 80 percent of the population screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

“We have signed on to be a partner organization, and we have an in-house task force planning and talking with community physicians about if you are over 50 or if you have a personal history of colon cancer that you’re getting in and getting screened,” Idlewine said.

ColoCARE take-home kits, which are blood tests for gastrointestinal diseases, also will be handed out.

Also at the event, Indiana Blood Center will conduct a blood drive. The Seymour Fire Department will have its fire safety trailer and provide demonstrations at 8:30, 9:15 and 10 a.m. Radio 96.3 WJAA will provide music.

“We really wanted to encourage more people to come to the health fair, and we really wanted to focus on improving community health,” Idlewine said. “We’re trying to have really great resources at the health fair. We wanted people, when they walk through and leave, to have actual things they can do to improve their health.”

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What: Live Well Expo, Schneck Medical Center’s 32nd annual community health fair

When: 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium on Community Drive in Seymour

Who: Free to the public; Spanish interpreters will be available

Free screenings/giveaways: Bone density, blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol, stroke risk, vein disease, ColoCARE take-home kits, colon health walkthrough, eyewear checkup, body fat analysis, coronary artery disease, joint health assessment, visual acuity, healthy eating tips, lung bronchoscopy, digital foot scan, oral cancer screening and more

Other testing: Blood testing will go from 7 to 11 a.m.; glucose and total cholesterol tests are free, while a comprehensive blood profile costs $35 (must be fasting — water only — 10 hours prior to all blood tests)

Free demonstrations: Fire safety, 8:30, 9:15 and 10 a.m.; hula-hoop exercise, 9 a.m.; cooking, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; fitness, 10 a.m.



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