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Charlestown Health Fair hosts living well options

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April 26th, 2011

Hundreds of men and women took advantage of free health information and screenings at Charlestown s annual health fair this March. The event, sponsored by the Charlestown Wellness Center, offers community members an opportunity to be proactive in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. It also saves them time and trouble by enabling them to get multiple free screenings all in one place on the same day. Because we offer so many different health-related services on campus, it is a challenge for people to stay current on what sorts of things are available and how to access them, says Wellness Director Teresa Reymann. The health fair is a wonderful opportunity for people to get an up-close look at the health-oriented services available to them at Charlestown.

Health conscious

Attending the fair is an annual ritual for Suzanne Levitt, Charlestown resident and chairman of the Health Services Committee for Charlestown s Residents Council. I go because I like to have updated information on current health issues that affect me, says Levitt. Charlestown has plenty of good options available to maintain good health; it s just a matter of learning what s out there. Our doctors spend 30 minutes with each patient. ' Does yours? Call 1-800-790-0216 to learn about the exceptional health and wellness opportunities at Charlestown. More than 20 vendors participated in the health fair, including the American Cancer Society, Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Arts Access, and St. Agnes Hospital. A variety of Charlestown s own health experts were also on hand, like podiatrist Terry Cooke, DPM; dietitian Dee Carey; and Dr. Nicholas Molinario, DDS. Participants were also able to take advantage of free balance, blood pressure, vision, and hearing screenings; Reiki; Shiatsu massage; and free eye glasses cleaning and adjustment. Health fairs like this are a great way to raise the level of awareness of common health problems specific to the 65-plus age group and to focus on prevention, says Myla Carpenter, MD, medical director at Charlestown. We performed a number of heel scans that detect osteoporosis and osteopenia and also highlighted our podiatry services with a display of the dos and don ts of self foot care.

Good and good for you

Charlestown s Custom Interiors Department displayed apartment home modification ideas, and Retirement Living Television provided sample TV programming, fun freebies, and giveaways. Dining Services offered a sampling of the healthy menu options served in Charlestown s six on-site restaurants. We are continuously working with our chefs to innovate and evolve our recipes and menus to be both mindful of the comfort foods that we all love, says Dining Services Director Vinson Bankoski, while looking for ways to offer those same foods in preparations that are more healthful, without sacrificing flavor. Some examples of this include marinated and broiled chicken wings served with a lime-cilantro-ginger dipping sauce, or any number of our no-added-sugar desserts, like right-side-up pineapple cake. Since moving from Eldersburg to Charlestown 12 years ago, fairgoer Eugene Langbehn says he has become involved in many activities and has gained access to services like the health fair that he otherwise would not have had he stayed in his house. I give Charlestown an A+.