The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will return after three years and will be held Wednesday, May 11 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Health and wellness testing, exhibits and activities will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event. Due to continuing COVID restrictions for health care facilities, all visitors will be required to wear a mask to the event. Free masks will be available at the door.
Entertainment for the evening will include special appearances by “Klyde Thinger” the Clown and Mike Chapman, Balloon Artist. In addition, a Waukon Fire Department fire truck and Veterans Memorial Hospital ambulance will be parked outside the entrance to the fair for children to view. Face painting will again be offered again this year plus many other youth games such as a bean bag toss and photo booth.
Many exhibitors will have tables on display with information, demonstrations, and activities for the entire family. To date, the exhibitors include: Allamakee County Emergency Management, Allamakee County ISU Extension, Visiting Nurse Association, Gundersen Medical and Vision Clinic, Iowa Works, Northeast Iowa Community Action (NEICAC), NICC, Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, Thornton Manor and Thornton Heights, Waukon and Postville Good Samaritan Center, Village Creek Bible Camp, Waukon Park and Recreation/Waukon Aquatic Center and the Waukon Wellness Center.
Veterans Memorial Hospital staff will be on hand to perform a number of free health tests and share health information such as blood pressure testing, grip strength testing and children’s reach game, O2 saturation and carbon monoxide testing, the effects of smoking, diabetes and blood sugar testing, chair massages, wellness, Vitamin D and blood type testing, surgical services, correct hand washing technique and cell phone sanitation, physical therapy, safe drug disposal, advanced directives and patient portal registration, among many other topics. Adults attending will also have the opportunity to fill out the most recent community health assessment survey for the area.
Again this year, Veterans Memorial Hospital staff will be demonstrating and instructing the new “Hands Only” CPR that can effectively be used by anyone, on anyone who has a witnessed cardiac arrest. Information on how to “Stop The Bleed” with hands on practice will also be highlighted.
Hospital staff will also be offering tours of the brand new CT machine and new Infusion and Outpatient area.
Over 100 door prizes will be given away that night. All visitors to the Spring Into Family Wellness Fair are eligible to win just by signing in at the registration table as they enter the event. Names will be drawn throughout the evening with all winners having their choice of door prizes.
All visitors to the Family Wellness Fair are asked to enter the fair through the Medical Clinic main entrance near the ambulance and fire truck. The fair route will proceed through the building into the hospital and exit out the main hospital entrance. Parking will be available at both the clinic and hospital lots as well as all street parking.
The annual “Family Wellness Fair,” held Wednesday, May 11, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., is a community wide event offering families of all ages a night of entertainment and education about the resources available to them. This fun-filled family event is free and open to all members of the community of any age. For any additional information, please contact Erin Berns, Public Relations Director at Veterans Memorial Hospital at (563) 568-3411.