Health expo set for Thursday|
|Activities for all ages, ranging from blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings to teddy bear clinics and finger casting, are on tap at Langlade Hospital’s Health and Wellness Expo 2013.|
Activities are planned Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the hospital.
“Bringing the health expo back to our campus allows the community to see us in action,” Dave Schneider, the hospital’s executive director, said. “This is a hospital for the community and we want to share our valuable resources, staff and environment.”
Activities will be spread out throughout the facility, including the General Clinic, lab and imaging department, and conference rooms. There will be additional parking available at the St. Joseph Outpatient Center with shuttle bus services for those who would like a ride.
Activities will include blood pressure checks and cholesterol screening along with bone density testing, healthy eating demonstrations, a review of proper handwashing techniques and free chair massages.
There will also be opportunities to get flu shots, win prizes at the Center for Health & Performance and sign up to be an organ donor.
For the younger set, fire trucks and ambulances will be on display, offering a close-up look at the rescue equipment in a friendly atmosphere. A medical helicopter may also visit if conditions allow.
And youngsters are invited to bring in their favorite stuffed animals for a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Staff will be on-hand to record height, weight and blood pressure and will also have gauze and bandages available for any bears needing extra care.
Bicycle helmets will be available for $6.
There’s more as well. Attendees are invited to bring in old medications for proper disposal and can receive a free red medication bag if their bring in all their prescriptions in their original containers.
There will be free vascular screenings, but space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 715 623-9273 for more information. Information will also be available on free mammograms for women who cannot afford them.
Along with healthy eating demonstrations there will be free apples and other fresh vegetables.
Information will be available on advance directives, dental health, drug abuse, hospice and palliative care, Aspirus NICU, Lifeline, the Volm Cancer Center, Helping Hands, pastoral care, the Aging & Disability Resource Center, GI Associates, Langlade County Health Department, Birthing Center, Aspirus Heart and Vascular Institute, adult services at the hospital and more.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the hospital’s newest physicians, Dr. Christopher Strong and Dr. Michael Olson.
The expo will also include a variety of health information mini-sessions. The schedule includes:
—Five warning signs of stroke, presented by Mary Below, 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.
—What is an MRI and why do I need one, presented by Dr. Michael Olson, 5 to 5:20 p.m.
—Colorectal cancer screening, presented by Dr. Veronika Gagovic, 5:30 to 5:50 p.m.
—I have Diabetes, now what? by Dr. Patrick McKenna, 6 to 6:20 p.m.
—and Shingles—do I need the vaccine? with Dr. Christopher Strong, 6:30 to 6:50 p.m.
“It’s important to involve the community,” Schneider said. “We are committed to keeping people healthy and enriching their lives. It is part of our mission and our daily living.”
Walker Washatko, left and Evan Simmons are ready for the Teddy Bear Clinic, which will be among the activities at Langlade Hospital's Health and Wellness Expo 2013 on Thursday.
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