Learning about living well

By Charlene Hoeflich

April 1, 2014

POMEROY — Free health screenings, along with information on leading a healthy and productive lifestyle through exercise and diet, were features of the annual Meigs County Health Fair on Saturday at the Mulberry Community Center.

Sponsored by Faith Community Nursing Health Ministries and supported with grant money from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, the annual event is arranged by Lenora Leifheit, RNBC, local parish nurse, with some assistance from Nancy Thoene of the Meigs Cooperative Parish staff.

Again this year, personnel from Holzer Health System’s Community Health and Wellness Program, was on hand to do fasting lipid profiles and non-fasting blood glucose testing along with checks on total cholesterol.

Norma Torres, representing the Meigs County Cancer Initiative’s “Think Pink” program which is dedicated to prevention and early treatment of cancer, had an extensive display with take-home literature about cancer, the need for early detection and options for treatment.

She provided information to those attending the health fair about the upcoming Blue Star Healthy Colon Initiative’s display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9. She said a large inflatable walk-through colon is a super-sized structure that will be on display at Powell’s parking lot. She described the inflatable colon project as an interactive educational tool stressing steps to be taken for early detection and treatment of colon cancer.

An extensive display on foods emphasizing what’s good from a healthy standpoint and what’s not was the theme of the Meigs County Extension Office’s display. Linda King, program assistant, talked about food content and distributed information on what constitutes nutritional meals, and how to modify recipes to make them more nutritious.

Taking blood pressures at the health fair was Charlene Smith of Ohio Valley Home Health. She displayed material on the services provided by that agency

Jill Johnson, an independent beauty consultant, featured a display of skin products and makeup and was available to those attending the health fair for consultations.