Bath Health & Wellness Fair October 30

Hot Springs, Va. –

The Homestead and Bath Community Hospital have teamed up to put together the eighth annual Community Health and Wellness Fair, which is coming up on Tuesday. This year the fair is offering even more information and services.
Brenda Hite is the Human Resources Manager at The Homestead.

“Augusta Medical Center will be providing a new display,” says Hite. “We will be doing osteoporosis ultrasound to check for bone density. And we have the stroke and cardiology team from Augusta with us again, which always have new and different things to provide. The other service that we’re providing is the TDAP vaccine. The health department will be coming in and providing this vaccine at no charge. There is a great emphasis at this time for adults to receive a booster shot to help inoculate them against the whooping cough which is making a comeback in our nation at this time.”

The TDAP vaccine is also an inoculation for tetanus and diphtheria, in addition to whooping cough. The flu vaccine will also be available at the health fair for $20. And Augusta Medical staff will provide dermascan screenings to check for skin cancer. At 9:30 Tuesday morning the Bath County Sheriff’s Department will do a presentation on substance abuse awareness and at 10:30 the American Red Cross will provide information on disaster preparation.

“Another presentation that we have added at 11am, we will be focusing again on the high school students, the Rockbridge Community Services Board will be coming in to do a presentation on bullying and peer pressure,” says Hite. “And we all know that that’s a very hot topic in the high school population at this time.”

Lab draws will be done from 8 to 10am for cholesterol, blood sugar panel and prostate tests. Remember to fast from midnight the night before if you’re having your cholesterol tested. The cost is $25 for cholesterol and blood sugar and $10 for the prostate test.

Sheryl Hanger will be there. She is a Physical Therapist at Bath Community Rehab and Wellness Center.

“Our wellness staff will be available to do BMI, body mass index screenings,” says Hanger. “It’s a weight versus height differential that determines level of obesity and propensity towards certain illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, gall bladder disease, stroke, coronary disease.”

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College massage students will also be there offering seated massages. There will be children’s activities and the Virginia State Police will be providing a drunk driving simulator car.

Steve Curtian is the Director of the Bath Community Rehab and Wellness Center.

“This is an attempt to reach the general community and give them access to as many services that they may be unaware of, from Bath Community Hospital to the massage therapy at Dabney to Augusta Hospital and even Alleghany,” says Curtian. “So we try to pull all of these services in so that people can ask questions, become better informed consumers and see what’s available out there that they may have been unaware of.”

The Community Health and Wellness Fair is Tuesday October 30, from 8 until 2 at The Homestead. Parking is available at the valet parking lot and transportation is provided from there.

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