Health and wellness show tests positive
Registered Nurse Judy Winter provided information on the causes, effects and treatments for high blood pressure at Alexandra Hospital's booth at the Ingersoll Health and Wellness Show on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Held at the Ingersoll Masonic Hall on Thames Street South, the show included about 15 information booths, live music, door prizes and refreshments. JOHN TAPLEY/INGERSOLL TIMES
Ingersoll's first health and wellness show tested positive with organizers, participants and the public.
Held at the Ingersoll Masonic Centre on Wednesday, the show featured about 15 booths and attracted more than 60 visitors.
“For our first year, I think that's a great turnout,” said Sarah Clews, marketing manager with Hear More Canada, which spearheaded the show. “It was a great first run and we hope to do it again.”
Clewes said the show was intended to be a resource for people 50-years-old and up.
“(It's for them) to come together and learn about the health and wellness products in the community and what's available to them.”
Besides the booths that offered information on everything from Alexandra Hospital, retirement residences and Ingersoll Seniors' Activity Centre to insurance, pharmacy and homeopath services, the show included live music by the Rockin' Oldies, door prizes and refreshments.
Admission was free, but donations of non-perishable food and hygiene items were accepted for Operation Sharing.
“We've had lots of people stop and talk about their high blood pressure and what they can do about it,” said Judy Winter, a RN who provided information on the topic at the Alexandra Hospital booth. “Anything above 140 over 90 is too high.”
Besides blood pressure, Alexandra's booth also offered information about its foundation, its Healthcare Under Going Optimization (HUGO) program and about the hospital.
While it isn't accepting patients at the moment, Ingersoll's Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic (NPLC) was represented at the show, promoting its community health programs.
“We're hoping to hold some programs for the community, not just our patients,” said Shannon Hutson, health promoter with the NPLC.
The programs include chronic disease management sessions focused on diabetes education and smoking cessation.
Hear More, which has also organized health and wellness shows in Stratford on Wednesday, April 22, and Hanover on May 6, was promoting hearing awareness and the importance of getting a hearing test.
“Not a lot of people think to get their hearing tested at age 50,” said Allison Seguin, a hearing specialist and clinic manager at Hear More Canada's Ingersoll location, which opened about a year ago.
She said among the general population one in 10 people have hearing loss, but only about 10% of them get anything done about it.
Pat McDougall of Woodstock was among those who took in Wednesday's health and wellness show in Ingersoll after hearing about from a friend and she was impressed.
“It's lovely,” she said. “It's small enough we could see everything and visit with everybody,” she said. “At our age, there's always something you need and when you're retired you have time to check into all the stuff we need to stay healthy.”