Men’s and Women’s Health Expos Promote Healthy Lifestyles
posted on April 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm
In today’s fast-paced world, many of us juggle work, family and other daily demands, leaving little time to focus on our own health and well-being. Leading a healthy lifestyle takes time and energy — whether it’s planning and shopping for healthy meals, exercising or managing stress, sometimes it’s difficult to take the time to incorporate healthful habits.
That’s why three Health Management hospitals in Florida recently hosted health expos designed to help people take control of their health. Peace River Regional Medical Center in Port Charlotte hosted an expo just for women in February, and Brooksville Regional Hospital in Brooksville and Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian held men’s expos in March. All three events were free and open to the public.
A special day for women
Peace River Regional hosted the 5th Annual Pantyhose-Free Zone Women’s Expo at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County Inc. Nearly 2,000 women came out for a day of pampering and shopping, and to learn new ways to balance responsibilities and improve their lifestyle. More than 100 exhibitors attended the event, representing industries such as fashion and beauty, health and fitness, finance, travel, education, and more.
“Our goal at these events is to encourage women to take a break from their hectic, overscheduled lives and have fun, all while learning something new in the process,” said Bevin Holzschuh, Marketing. “Now in our fifth year, I think we have achieved a blend of the familiar and new to keep things fresh. With so many resources under one roof, it definitely made for a magical day.”
According to Donna Barrett, sales and marketing manager at the Cultural Center, the expo is great for the community. “Peace River Regional’s Pantyhose-Free Zone gives back to the community by offering free, fun and educational information throughout the day, allowing businesses and nonprofit organizations to meet with over 2,000 community members to help share their mission,” she said. “Peace River Regional Medical Center is an extraordinary partner, not only with this event, but for all their help throughout the year.”
The event earned a total of $10,000, and Peace River Regional donated the proceeds to the Cultural Center and the Health Care Volunteers of Peace River Regional Auxiliary — both are nonprofit organizations that promote the health and welfare of individuals within the community.
“We strongly support the Cultural Center of Charlotte County for all they do to enrich the lives of our friends and neighbors,” Bevin said. “The Health Care Volunteers of Peace River Regional Auxiliary provides scholarships to deserving students who will ultimately enhance health care within our community, and we’re proud to support them. We’re honored to be able to give back to these extraordinary organizations that do so much for this community.”
Revving up for good health
Brooksville Regional Hospital held its first Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: Horsepower and Health Fair, combining a vintage car show and BBQ with health education and screenings. Although the fair was geared toward men, women were encouraged to attend to learn about men’s health and participate in screenings appropriate for both genders.
“Typically, women take advantage of screenings and are more accepting of trips to the doctor’s office than men, so we designed an event that was fun and educational for both men and women,” said Susan Frimmel, Marketing. “We were hoping that women would encourage their men to come to the fair, and I think we succeeded.”
The event took place under a 120-foot tent in the “Tune-up Center,” which housed nearly 40 exhibits and a full range of screenings. Screenings were cleverly renamed for the event, such as Check Your Distributor (thyroid), Check Your Frame (body mass index), Check Your RPMs (blood pressure), and more. More than 400 people attended the event, and hospital Associates completed 158 screenings.
“It went extremely well, and we received numerous thank-you emails from vendors,” Susan said. “After the event, we had 11 sleep studies scheduled, which will generate nearly $5,000. In addition, five people signed up to be part of a sleep lab study, and our auxiliary exhibit recruited two new volunteers.”
Helping men stay healthy
Sebastian River Medical Center hosted the 10th Annual Men’s Health Expo at the hospital’s Diagnostic Center. Nearly 100 attendees received refreshments and a complimentary goody bag that included a physician directory, service line brochures, a coin pouch, a seven-day pill organizer, lip balm, and a medicine bottle opener. During the event, Omar Hussamy, MD, gave a special presentation on joint replacement — “Treatment Options for Managing Hip & Knee Pain” — and provided information about the new MAKO surgical robot and the hospital’s joint camp for patients following their surgery.
Men had an opportunity to take advantage of a variety of free screenings performed by physicians. Other screenings, such as blood profiles and prostate specific antigen (PSA), were available at a minimal charge. The expo included a wide range of health-related exhibits and information on conditions such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and sleep disorders. Men could also get information about eye health and vision, physician rehabilitation, nutrition, surgical weight loss, wound care, and much more.
“This is an event that SRMC has provided for many years,” said Anna Brooks, Chief Nursing Executive of Sebastian River. “We feel it is important to offer men an opportunity to learn about the health matters that pertain to them in one convenient place.”
Health Management hospitals are dedicated to the health and welfare of those they serve. Holding health-related events such as these is just one of the ways our hospitals promote healthy lifestyles in their communities.