Fair Promotes Health and Fitness

One determinant of a healthy and progressive nation is healthy individuals. These individuals, in turn, make up the community which turns into a nation in terms of economic and social interactions. One good way to promote health and wellness is through health fairs that provide the basic health services. This is done to ensure that the basic health needs of individuals are met and community programs are implemented.

In connection to this, the Fitness Fiesta Health Fair Saturday at the Westside Community Center provided basic health services to the residents of New Braunfels, Texas. Several booths were set up to discuss diseases and other health programs like speech disabilities in children and health advice in early childhood. Parenting classes were also held during the day’s affair. The booth for the American Cancer Society, sponsored by Bob Peterson, handed out pamphlets about the early warning signs for cancer.

The health fair also provided free medical health screenings like blood tests. Free transportation to hospitals in New Braunfels, San Antonio and Seguin were also provided by Peterson and other volunteers for diagnostic tests and treatment. These were part of the American Cancer Society’s program on cancer patients.

The event proved to be a success as almost 700 people attended it. This is according to Rosie Sherrow of the Institute for Public Health and Education Research (TIPHER) where she is the fitness and health coordinator. The event is on its 5th year running and has been helping the people all the while. One who attended and benefitted from the said event was Awilda Ramos. She shares that she learned so many things like the importance of exercise as well as learned about the other services that the community offers. She also said that fairs like this serve as the venue for information dissemination as she got here free parenting classes.

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Health and Wellness in the Workplace

With the current economic troubles and with rising costs in health care, more and more people are foregoing doctor’s visits or needed prescriptions, therefore setting companies up for monetary losses in the future as their employees’ serious conditions go untreated. There are, however, many things an employer can do to foster health and wellness in the workplace.

Encourage Healthy Eating

Even small changes can add up. One morning per week, provide employees free, fresh fruits for a heart healthy, quick breakfast. Make sure the company cafeteria also offers plenty of healthy foods, such as salads, fruit, baked chicken or fish, whole grain breads, vegetarian meals, and unsweetened, decaffeinated drinks. In the vending machines, replace candy and chips with dried fruit, nuts, and granola bars. At employee meetings, provide yogurt and fresh fruit, instead of the standard fare of cookies and sodas.

Promote Ways to Reduce Stress

The workplace can be stressful, especially with today’s looming layoffs, budget cuts, and increased demands for overtime due to staff cuts. If left untreated, stress can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, trouble concentrating, stomach problems, or increased use of alcohol or drugs, all of which are detrimental to the employees’ performance. To offset these stresses, offer strategies or tools for relaxation. Invite a yoga expert to lead a 15-minute meditation and relaxation exercise during the day, or bring in a masseuse to give 15-minute neck and shoulder massages.

Management should also communicate the best they can to reduce uncertainties about employees’ jobs and futures. Also, avoid unrealistic deadlines and make sure the workload is suitable to the employees’ abilities. Most importantly, show your employees that they are valued members of the team.

Encourage Physical Activity

Promote exercise by allowing employees who walk or bike to work to arrive five minutes late or leave five minutes early. If space and costs allow, install an employee gym and showers so that workers can exercise during breaks and lunch hours, which not only increases physical health and mental acuity, but can also decrease stress.

Are your employees competitive? Sponsor a weight-loss competition or walking challenge with pedometers to determine who walks the most steps in a week. Start a company volleyball or softball team for weekend games, or install a ping pong table in the cafeteria. Hold employees to a health standard by having them sign a fitness contract.

Sponsor a Health Fair with Preventive Screening

Organize an on-site health fair, bringing in representatives from fitness centers and health food stores to talk to employees about health related issues. Some fitness centers may even offer discounts when several employees join at the same time. At the health fair, hold a raffle, with the winner receiving a bike or gym membership.

Invite a company who offers mobile health screenings to spend the day at your workplace. As their schedule allows, employees can find out if they are at risk for heart disease or stroke and receive valuable information they can provide to their physician if there is a problem. Administered by trained professionals, the tests these companies offer are quick, non-invasive, and painless, and can save lives, since many of the symptoms of heart disease can go unnoticed.

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Health Fairs Can Drive Patients Into Your Clinic and Enhance Your Credibility!

Participation in local health fairs/expos is a great way to further educate people about your specialty or procedures!

Health Fairs can be an excellent way to increase your visibility as an expert in your field.

Have you ever attended a community or hospital health fair? If so, I’m sure that you noticed an active engaged group of attendees who are all interested in their health. Health fairs/expos may be promoted by Hospitals, Radio Stations, Television Stations, Community Groups, Hospitals or Health Clubs; and often, you can get free or low cost advertising associated with these events.

Most health fairs will give you a six foot folding table and a back drop. The most effective use of this set up is to position the table towards the back of the booth and stand in front to greet your future patients. Set up a TV/VCR and play a procedure or practice video if you have one available; and always have information (handouts or patient brochures) available for people to take with them. Also, have a permanent banner made to use at these events; this will increase your exposure to attendees!

For the tabletop, plan on having the following:

· Several colorful practice or procedure posters mounted on core board with an easel backing.

· Brightly colored candy to sprinkle around the tabletop

· A glass bowl for a free dinner drawing, along with registration cards

The free dinner drawing is a great way to develop a mailing list for follow up. As you get the attendees to sign up, always put a small mark on the sign up cards for those participants who actually have the condition you treat. This will make your follow up much more effective. In addition, if you have free patient screenings, always mention this to the attendees, and give them an opportunity to pre-register!

Remember that you might not always leave the health fair with a lot of new patients; but don’t be discouraged. The long term benefit of name recognition will pay off in time.

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5 Must Know Tips for Successful Health Fair Events!

Planning Health Fair events can be an overwhelming process, often we miniaturize the mass traffic, or sometimes we simply forget some important details which lead to other things going unsatisfactory. If this has ever happen to you or you certainly don’t want to make these mistakes. Below are 5 Must Know Tips for a successful health fair event.

Tip #1 “Early Start” Starting early will increase your chances of getting the speakers for your event, as well as getting approvals, legal requirements etc HIPAA, meeting local Health department guidelines, and insurance. The earlier you start planning a health fair, the more likely your success in gathering all the resources required for harmonize event. Early start enables you to approve bids for health care provider within your general demography. The head start also give providers ample time to devise needed supplies for your health fair.

Tip #2 “Planning Committee” Divide volunteers into a variety of committees, each of which will have its own function. Each committee’s functions should be in writing outlining their responsibilities with realistic timelines. This will not only help keep the planning process conformed, but it will also allow the work to spread evenly among participants. You may want to start at least six months in advance to ensure a smooth event. Be sure to schedule monthly meeting to ensure committee groups are making progression with their objectives. Ensure subcommittees are create for the following etc: promotions, media coverage, Public relation, sponsors, security and refreshments.

Tip #3 “Welcome Invitation” To ensure your health fair gets the participants to stop at your booth you should displays “Try ME”, or “Try Free Products”. Often participants are hesitant about trying products displayed at vendor booth. You want to invite each passers- by to take conscientious look at your exhibit contributions. This is not the time to be bashful engage participants with questions relative to your products that will peak their interest in coming over for closer look.

Tip #4 “Health Care Materials” Ensure health care information is current, display hand outs with relevant health information as well as provide reference to links and website detailing such Services” with additional information on health issues discussed. Provide interactive materials such as health related puzzles, questions, raffles. Ask participants permission to be placed on your news letter mailing list. Also everyone like free giveaways, if your budget permits provide free materials such as wristbands, cups, pens, coupons. This is your way of saying thank you for participating in Pyrimed’s health fairs. Leaving good lasting impression will increase publicity as well for your next event.

Tip #5 “Follow-up Survey” It’s necessary to know how successful your event has been, the best evaluation would be gathered information from your participants. Put together brief questionnaires that will provide insight on your overall success. This will provide the information needed to ensure that your next health fair event is larger and more successful. You may also capture names and email addresses to create database for email invite in anticipation of your future events.

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Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7

Shoe Repairs And Several Other Things When I Was 7
My Dad repaired most of our shoes believe it or not, I can hardly believe it myself now. With 7 pairs of shoes always needing repairs I think he was quite clever to learn how to “Keep us in shoe Leather” to coin a phrase!

He bought several different sizes of cast iron cobbler’s “lasts”. Last, the old English “Laest” meaning footprint. Lasts were holding devices shaped like a human foot. I have no idea where he would have bought the shoe leather. Only that it was a beautiful creamy, shiny colour and the smell was lovely.

But I do remember our shoes turned upside down on and fitted into these lasts, my Dad cutting the leather around the shape of the shoe, and then hammering nails, into the leather shape. Sometimes we’d feel one or 2 of those nails poking through the insides of our shoes, but our dad always fixed it.

Hiking and Swimming Galas
Dad was a very outdoorsy type, unlike my mother, who was probably too busy indoors. She also enjoyed the peace and quiet when he took us off for the day!

Anyway, he often took us hiking in the mountains where we’d have a picnic of sandwiches and flasks of tea. And more often than not we went by steam train.

We loved poking our heads out of the window until our eyes hurt like mad from a blast of soot blowing back from the engine. But sore, bloodshot eyes never dampened our enthusiasm.

Dad was an avid swimmer and water polo player, and he used to take us to swimming galas, as they were called back then. He often took part in these galas. And again we always travelled by steam train.

Rowing Over To Ireland’s Eye
That’s what we did back then, we had to go by rowboat, the only way to get to Ireland’s eye, which is 15 minutes from mainland Howth. From there we could see Malahide, Lambay Island and Howth Head of course. These days you can take a Round Trip Cruise on a small cruise ship!

But we thoroughly enjoyed rowing and once there we couldn’t wait to climb the rocks, and have a swim. We picnicked and watched the friendly seals doing their thing and showing off.

Not to mention all kinds of birdlife including the Puffin.The Martello Tower was also interesting but a bit dangerous to attempt entering. I’m getting lost in the past as I write, and have to drag myself back to the present.

Fun Outings with The camera Club
Dad was also a very keen amateur photographer, and was a member of a camera Club. There were many Sunday photography outings and along with us came other kids of the members of the club.

And we always had great fun while the adults busied themselves taking photos of everything and anything, it seemed to us. Dad was so serious about his photography that he set up a dark room where he developed and printed his photographs.

All black and white at the time. He and his camera club entered many of their favourites in exhibitions throughout Europe. I’m quite proud to say that many cups and medals were won by Dad. They have been shared amongst all his grandchildren which I find quite special.

He liked taking portraits of us kids too, mostly when we were in a state of untidiness, usually during play. Dad always preferred the natural look of messy hair and clothes in the photos of his children.

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What Are The Greatest Changes In Shopping In Your Lifetime

What are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime? So asked my 9 year old grandson.

As I thought of the question the local Green Grocer came to mind. Because that is what the greatest change in shopping in my lifetime is.

That was the first place to start with the question of what are the greatest changes in shopping in your lifetime.

Our local green grocer was the most important change in shopping in my lifetime. Beside him was our butcher, a hairdresser and a chemist.

Looking back, we were well catered for as we had quite a few in our suburb. And yes, the greatest changes in shopping in my lifetime were with the small family owned businesses.

Entertainment While Shopping Has Changed
Buying butter was an entertainment in itself.
My sister and I often had to go to a favourite family grocer close by. We were always polite as we asked for a pound or two of butter and other small items.

Out came a big block of wet butter wrapped in grease-proof paper. Brought from the back of the shop, placed on a huge counter top and included two grooved pates.

That was a big change in our shopping in my lifetime… you don’t come across butter bashing nowadays.

Our old friendly Mr. Mahon with the moustache, would cut a square of butter. Lift it to another piece of greaseproof paper with his pates. On it went to the weighing scales, a bit sliced off or added here and there.

Our old grocer would then bash it with gusto, turning it over and over. Upside down and sideways it went, so that it had grooves from the pates, splashes going everywhere, including our faces.

My sister and I thought this was great fun and it always cracked us up. We loved it, as we loved Mahon’s, on the corner, our very favourite grocery shop.

Grocery Shopping
Further afield, we often had to go to another of my mother’s favourite, not so local, green grocer’s. Mr. McKessie, ( spelt phonetically) would take our list, gather the groceries and put them all in a big cardboard box.

And because we were good customers he always delivered them to our house free of charge. But he wasn’t nearly as much fun as old Mr. Mahon. Even so, he was a nice man.

All Things Fresh
So there were very many common services such as home deliveries like:

• Farm eggs

• Fresh vegetables

• Cow’s milk

• Freshly baked bread

• Coal for our open fires

Delivery Services
A man used to come to our house a couple of times a week with farm fresh eggs.

Another used to come every day with fresh vegetables, although my father loved growing his own.

Our milk, topped with beautiful cream, was delivered to our doorstep every single morning.

Unbelievably, come think of it now, our bread came to us in a huge van driven by our “bread-man” named Jerry who became a family friend.

My parents always invited Jerry and his wife to their parties, and there were many during the summer months. Kids and adults all thoroughly enjoyed these times. Alcohol was never included, my parents were teetotallers. Lemonade was a treat, with home made sandwiches and cakes.

The coal-man was another who delivered bags of coal for our open fires. I can still see his sooty face under his tweed cap but I can’t remember his name. We knew them all by name but most of them escape me now.

Mr. Higgins, a service man from the Hoover Company always came to our house to replace our old vacuum cleaner with an updated model.

Our insurance company even sent a man to collect the weekly premium.

People then only paid for their shopping with cash. This in itself has been a huge change in shopping in my lifetime.

In some department stores there was a system whereby the money from the cash registers was transported in a small cylinder on a moving wire track to the central office.

Some Of The Bigger Changes
Some of the bigger changes in shopping were the opening of supermarkets.

• Supermarkets replaced many individual smaller grocery shops. Cash and bank cheques have given way to credit and key cards.

• Internet shopping… the latest trend, but in many minds, doing more harm, to book shops.

• Not many written shopping lists, because mobile phones have taken over.

On a more optimistic note, I hear that book shops are popular again after a decline.

Personal Service Has Most Definitely Changed
So, no one really has to leave home, to purchase almost anything, technology makes it so easy to do online.
And we have a much bigger range of products now, to choose from, and credit cards have given us the greatest ease of payment.

We have longer shopping hours, and weekend shopping. But we have lost the personal service that we oldies had taken for granted and also appreciated.

Because of their frenetic lifestyles, I have heard people say they find shopping very stressful, that is grocery shopping. I’m sure it is when you have to dash home and cook dinner after a days work. I often think there has to be a better, less stressful way.

My mother had the best of both worlds, in the services she had at her disposal. With a full time job looking after 9 people, 7 children plus her and my dad, she was very lucky. Lucky too that she did not have 2 jobs.

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

The results of this past election proved once again that the Democrats had a golden opportunity to capitalize on the failings of the Trump Presidency but, fell short of a nation wide mandate. A mandate to seize the gauntlet of the progressive movement that Senator Sanders through down a little over four years ago. The opportunities were there from the very beginning even before this pandemic struck. In their failing to educate the public of the consequences of continued Congressional gridlock, conservatism, and what National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation would do led to the results that are playing out today.. More Congressional gridlock, more conservatism and more suffering of millions of Americans are the direct consequences of the Democrats failure to communicate and educate the public. Educate the public that a progressive agenda is necessary to pull the United States out of this Pandemic, and restore this nations health and vitality.

It was the DNC’s intent in this election to only focus on the Trump Administration. They failed to grasp the urgency of the times. They also failed to communicate with the public about the dire conditions millions have been and still are facing even before the Pandemic. The billions of dollars funneled into campaign coffers should have been used to educate the voting public that creating a unified coalition would bring sweeping reforms that are so desperately needed. The reality of what transpired in a year and a half of political campaigning those billions of dollars only created more animosity and division polarizing one extreme over another.

One can remember back in 1992 Ross Perot used his own funds to go on national TV to educate the public on the dire ramifications of not addressing our national debt. That same approach should have been used during this election cycle. By using the medium of television to communicate and educate the public is the most effective way in communicating and educating the public. Had the Biden campaign and the DNC used their resources in this way the results we ae seeing today would have not created the potential for more gridlock in our government. The opportunity was there to educate the public of safety protocols during the siege of this pandemic and how National Economic Reform’s Ten Articles of Confederation provides the necessary progressive reforms that will propel the United States out of the abyss of debt and restore our economy. Restoring our economy so that every American will have the means and the availability of financial and economic security.

The failure of the Democratic party since 2016 has been recruiting a Presidential Candidate who many felt was questionable and more conservative signals that the results of today has not met with the desired results the Democratic party wanted. Then again? By not fully communicating and not educating the public on the merits of a unified progressive platform has left the United States transfixed in our greatest divides since the Civil War. This writers support of Senator Bernie Sanders is well documented. Since 2015 he has laid the groundwork for progressive reforms. He also has the foundations on which these reforms can deliver the goods as they say. But, what did the DNC do, they purposely went out of their way to engineer a candidate who was more in tune with the status-quo of the DNC. They failed to communicate to the public in educating all of us on the ways our lives would be better served with a progressive agenda that was the benchmark of Senators Sanders Presidential campaign and his Our Revolution movement. And this is way there is still really no progress in creating a less toxic environment in Washington and around the country.

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