Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, hosted its fifth annual health and wellness fair Saturday.
“It’s way to reach out to the community and provide different types of health-related things that people can use,” said Mary Berg.
Berg is a member of the church’s wellness team that coordinated the event.
There were exhibits – more than 25 of them – on various health topics, blood pressure checks, flu shots, peripheral vascular disease screening, balance testing, massages and a pharmacist to answer questions.
In addition, featured speaker Dr. Kevin Henseler, an interventional radiologist from Suburban Imaging, Coon Rapids, filled a room at the church for his presentation on “Why Do My Legs Hurt?”
“Everything was free, even the food served by church members,” Berg said.
For the first time this year, there were free screenings and a diabetes exhibit, according to Berg.
The turnout has been very good, Berg said. “We have had a good crowd,” she said.
The church wellness team, which comprises six to seven members, is mentored by Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly, associate pastor at Peace Lutheran Church, Berg said.
Everyone attending the health and wellness fair went home with “The Friendship Bag,” which contained:
• Life saver – to remind you others may need your help and you may need theirs.
• Paperclip – to help you hold it all together.
• Happy face – smiling not only increases your face value; it’s contagious.
• Rubber band – to remind you to be flexible, things may not always go the way you plan.
• Candle – to remind you to share your light.
• Candy kiss – to remind you that we all need kisses and hugs.
• Eraser – to remind you that every day you can start over with a clean slate.
• Material heart swatch – interwoven threads that weave us all together.
• Cotton ball – cushion support of friends for the rough roads ahead.
While the health and wellness fair is the wellness team’s signature event each year, it also has free blood pressure checks every Sunday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. which gives congregation members attending any one of the church’s three Sunday morning services to take advantage of the blood pressure checks, she said.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org