by Peter Bodley
After a year’s absence, Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, hosted its annual health and wellness fair Saturday.
“I’m not sure why we skipped a year,” said Mary Berg, who headed the wellness team that organized the 2012 fair.
The emphasis of the fair was on “body, mind, heart and soul for children and adults.”
This was the fourth health and wellness fair staged by the church as part of its community outreach programs, according to Berg.
Indeed, the church has been recognized by the Anoka County Board with one of its annual public health awards for the fair, Berg said.
“The purpose is to reach out to the community to provide health information and tips from experts on health and wellness,” she said.
The free event featured displays and activities as well as two special presentations, one by Brenda Montei, a registered nurse, titled “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a Healthy Lifestyle” and the other by Julie Fike, who has a doctorate in pharmacy, called “Stump the Pharmacist,” which provided tips to avoid medication errors.
In addition, an exhibit by Minnesota Gastroenterology Inc. featured a supercolon, in which people could walk through a 12-foot high, 20-foot long replica of the human colon to see what the inside of a colon looks like.
Displays and exhibitors included Kari Lukken, an occupational therapist, presenting balance testing; the national bone marrow program; Generations Women’s Health Center; Anoka County Community Action Program; Mercy and Unity Hospitals’ faith community nurse program; Lakeland Health Services; eye disease; Nucleus Clinic, Corrective Care Chiropractic, therapeutic massage and healing touch; Epiphany Senior Housing; Connexus Energy and Medica.
There was also a book swap, in which people were invited to drop off books and taken one home with them.
Any books left at the end of the fair would be donated to the library at the Coon Rapids Senior Center, Berg said.
A free lunch of chili, sour cream, cheese and crackers was also served.
Sponsors of the health and wellness fair were Cub, North Country Food and Good Life Foods, Inc.
The Peace Lutheran Church wellness team comprised eight members and was mentored by Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly, associate pastor.
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