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Health, Safety and Wellness Expo can help all ages

| January 18, 2017
More than 1,000 people attended the 2016 Health, Safety, and Wellness Expo and organizers are expecting another good crowd at the fifth annual event being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Kids America. File | Beacon

More than 1,000 people attended the 2016 Health, Safety, and Wellness Expo and organizers are expecting another good crowd at the fifth annual event being held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Kids America. File | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The Health, Safety and Wellness Expo isn’t just a place to go pick up information, it’s an event that has saved lives.

“We’ve had people who through the Demascan found out they had skin cancer and were able to get that taken care of,” said Amy Stockdale, director of the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce. “There also have been people who discovered they had high blood pressure that was at stroke levels.”

The fifth annual expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Kids America and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Coshocton Regional Medical Center and the chamber’s safety council.

“Coshocton Regional Medical Center has been instrumental in partnering with us to make this a successful event,” Stockdale said.

A sampling of what the hospital will offer at the expo includes:

  • Blood draws for the following tests: CBC (Complete Blood Count); Chem 8 (Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, and Calcium); Lipid Profile (Cholesterol, Triglyceride, HDL); TSH (Thyroid Stimulation Hormone); A1C. Cost for the tests are: CBC (Complete Blood Count) – $12; Chem 8 (Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide, and Calcium) – $11; Lipid Profile (Cholesterol, Triglyceride, HDL) – $18; TSH (Thyroid Stimulation Hormone) – $24; A1C – $14. Total for all: $79
  • Learn about the signs of a stroke and Telestroke Medicine in an interactive presentation by the Emergency Department staff.
  • Healthy snack options and nutrition information from the dietary and nutritional staff.
  • Check your face’s sun exposure with Demascan screenings.
  • Diabetes education and blood pressure checks.
  • Meet clinicians Jessica Lorenzo, FNP-C; Fred Corder, PA; Lynne Garrett, CNP and Rajene Fox, CNP.
  • View the ease of online health records and get assistance starting your own record.
  • Learn to measure your heart rate from the cardiac rehab staff and get great tips to motivate you to keep moving.
  • Free Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) screenings that painlessly check for potential blockage in the arteries of the legs that can be a sign of a widespread problem of narrowed arteries blocking blood flow to your extremities and to the brain.

“This is just a sample of the screenings and tips provided by the staff of Coshocton Regional Medical Center who encourages everyone to come to the Health, Safety and Wellness Expo on Jan. 21 to meet our staff and learn about staying healthy in 2017,” said Mary Ellen Given, director of marketing and communications at the hospital.

The expo also will include information on home safety, fitness and exercise programs, nutrition advice, and rehabilitation from illness or injury.

“Last year we had twelve hundred people come through the door from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and people came and stayed because there was so much do,” Stockdale said.

Right now there are close to 40 different vendors signed up to attend the event offering everything from nutritional supplements to being safe while taking care of your lawn and garden to dealing with grief. There are even some vendors, like the Children’s Hunger Alliance, coming from out-of-town.

“We are getting a lot of new vendors from outside of the county because they know it’s a good event,” Stockdale said.

Another positive of the expo is that there are activities for all ages including children.

“It really is a multigenerational event,” Stockdale said. “We have lots of families and seniors. The expo is for anybody and everybody and comes at a great time of the year when people are typically thinking about health and wellness. It also fills a void in the community with medical screenings and gives people who might be intimidated to walk into a gym the chance to get information.”

 

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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