King George Health Fair Summary
The Tau Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. held a health fair at the King George, Virginia YMCA on July 18, 2015 from 12 to 3 pm. The event was attended by approximately 83 individuals who interviewed nine community activities that set up booths and tables. The health fair offered classes such as forest therapy, which uses the natural environment around us to boost immune systems, lower blood pressure and stress, and improve a person’s overall mood. Mrs. Renata Carter taught a very interesting class on “Chair Yoga”, showing about 12 participants how they could take a few minutes to reduce stress and promote blood circulation by stretching their body without leaving the office or school environment. Mrs. Carter also taught a class on healthy eating and smart nutritional choices that help the body to lose weight and improve the healthy aging process.
The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, one of the events generous sponsors, was very instrumental in developing the health fair idea. Mrs. Susan Coleman, their Marketing Director, offered experienced advice and marketing assistance in promoting and staffing the event. The SRMC set up a table that informed all the attendees on a wide variety of issues, including personal health screenings, cancer and heart health, and healthy aging.
Dr. Brooke Rossheim brought the entire team from the Rappahannock Area Health Department (RAHD). They set up a table offering a wide variety of information and services. Their display included examples of healthy lungs and cancerous lungs, the amount of fat stored around the midsection of an overweight person, and the huge amounts of sugar in sodas and other sweet beverages and snacks. They also offered TDAP immunizations and information on women’s health issues.
The Enroll-Virginia program also had a table display and offered information briefings on a wide variety of health care options, programs, and plans available to Virginia residents. The introduction of new health care laws and insurance marketplace options can present families with a bewildering number of choices. The folks from Enroll-Virginia were on hand and explained those new health insurance options and tax credits to interested attendees. The Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS support group offered free testing for sexually transmitted diseases to interested participants. The Fredericksburg Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the King George Voter Registration office set up booths. The King George Fire and Rescue Service brought their fire trucks and also handed out potentially life-saving pamphlets on personal health information. Also, Wall Residences were present. They provide sponsored group homes and assisted living facilities, along with a wide variety of therapeutic, intervention, and life-management programs for the spectrum of challenged individuals.
Tau Rho will host another health fair very soon, probably in Caroline County.