Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair in Bath County is Tuesday October 28

The 10th annual Community Health and Wellness Fair at The Omni Homestead is coming up on Tuesday.  It’s a joint effort between Bath Community Hospital and The Omni Homestead and it offers information, screenings and a number of presentations all in one stop.

Brenda Hite, the Human Resources Manager at The Omni Homestead, works on organizing the Health and Wellness Fair.

“We’re very excited to again be able to offer lab draws to the associates at The Omni Homestead, as well as the general public,” says Hite.  “The lab draws will be for cholesterol and blood sugar panels.  There will be a reduced fee of $25 for that service.   In addition, there needs to be fasting from midnight the night before in order to have the lab draw.    We also will do a prostate testing for $10.  That’s through a blood test as well.  And the big draw is our complimentary flu vaccines, provided courtesy of Bath Community Hospital.”

More than sixty vendors plan to attend.

“In addition to our own Bath Community Hospital, they have about ten tables to service the community, we have a number of representatives from Augusta Health,” says Hite.  “We have Lewis Gale-Alleghany and we have three tables represented from Carilion out of Roanoke.  In addition we also have Highland Medical Center that will be in attendance this year.”

The Homestead Kids Club will be offering activities for children.  And there will be presentations throughout the day including safety training, safety tips for senior citizens and Alzheimer’s early detection information.

“We have Dr. Gregory Mays from Covington, the ophthalmologist, that will be with us this year, in addition to Dr. Diamond’s office for dental care,” says Hite.  “We have Wells Fargo Bank that will join us in addition to BB&T, because when we feel that we talk about community health, we talk about the physical health, the mental health, financial health and even spiritual health.  We’ve talked with some of the local pastors and we hope to have a representative from the Bath Community Ministry Association.”

And the drunk driving simulator car will also be there, provided by the Virginia State Police.  And Bath Community Hospital will be offering registration for Medicare Part D.

“And also with fall upon us, we’re thinking of pumpkin pancakes,” says Hite.   “So we have our dietary team from Bath Community Hospital that will be making pumpkin pancakes on site.   And don’t forget about the Dabney massage class.  Dabney S. Lancaster sends a number of their students over and they provide complimentary seated massage.  So if you need to relax for a minute, that’s a great opportunity.”

The Community Health and Wellness Fair is Tuesday, October 28th, from 8:30 until 2 at The Omni Homestead.   Blood draws begin at 8am.  All events are free with the exception of the charges for the blood draws.    For more information call 540-839-3831.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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