Coon Rapids church hosts health and wellness fair

Peace Lutheran Church’s annual health and wellness fair isn’t just for church members, but for the community as a whole.

The sixth annual event at the Coon Rapids church Saturday drew many people.

Charles Tilden, award-winning author of non-fiction books for mature citizens as well as a mystery writer, was the featured speaker at Peace Lutheran Church’s health and wellness fair Saturday. A retired Lutheran pastor, Tilden spoke about topics related to spirituality and aging.

Charles Tilden, award-winning author of non-fiction books for mature citizens as well as a mystery writer, was the featured speaker at Peace Lutheran Church’s health and wellness fair Saturday. A retired Lutheran pastor, Tilden spoke about topics related to spirituality and aging.

There were health and wellness-related exhibits from several professional organizations, a book swap, blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose testing, balance testing, a pharmacist available to answer questions, free lunch and door prizes.

There was also a featured speaker, Chuck Tindell, an award-winning author of non-fictions books for mature citizens as well as a mystery writer.

A retired Lutheran pastor, Tindell travels the country presenting inspirational talks on spirituality and ageing topics.

The health and wellness fair is organized by the church’s wellness team, which is chaired by Mary Berg.

The purpose of the fair is to provide information by professionals on various health and wellness topics to members of the community, according to Berg.

In addition, the church tries to bring in organizations that the community might not know a lot about, Berg said.

An example at this year’s fair was the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, she said.

“We try to do something different every year,” Berg said.

Last year, the fair presented a free scan for peripheral vision; the year before, attendees could walk through a giant colon, according to Berg.

This year Health Partners’ Pearl E. White, representing toothpaste, a toothbrush and dental floss to stress the importance of dental health, was at the fair greeting people, Berg said.

Exhibitors included Health and Rehab of New Brighton, Breast Cancer Center of Suburban Imaging, Connexus Energy, Coon Rapids-Blaine Meals on Wheels, Coon Rapids Police Department, Family First Chiropractic Center of Blaine, Gearhart Funeral Home, Generations Women’s Health Center, Lee Carlson Center, Medica, Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County, Memorial Blood Center, Nucleus Clinic, Relieve Medical Supply, Stephen Ministry of Peace Lutheran Church, Tamarisk, Mary T, Inc., Walgreens, Health Partners, Faith Community Nurse Program of Mercy and Unity hospitals and Emma B. Howe Northtown YMCA.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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