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New Events Offered at Hospital’s Family Wellness Fair May 8 with More Entrances & Better Parking Options!

The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held Wednesday, May 8 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.  Health and wellness testing, exhibits, activities and refreshments will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages.  The fair exhibits will be a large number, with all visitors welcome to enter the fair through the Veterans Memorial Hospital main entrance, the hospital clinic entrance or the Gundersen Clinic entrance allowing for more parking options.


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 Substance Abuse Prevention, Girl Scouts of America, Good Samaritan Society-Waukon, Great Rivers 211, Gundersen  Medical and Vision Clinic, Helping Services for NE Iowa, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach-Allamakee, Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging, Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, Northeast Iowa Community Action (NEICAC), NICC, Northeast Iowa Wellness & Recreation Center, Northgate Care Center, TASC, Village Creek Bible Camp, Visiting Nurse Association-WIC, Waukon Dental, Waukon Lions Club For Kids Sight, Waukon Park and Recreation/Waukon Aquatic Center and the Waukon Wellness Center-Park & Rec and Waukon Fire Department.


Entertainment for the evening will include special appearances by “Klyde Thinger” the Clown and Mike Chapman, Balloon Artist.  A Waukon Fire Department fire truck and Veterans Memorial Hospital ambulance will be parked outside the fair for children to view.  Face painting will again be offered this year as well as a health care career booth, plus many, many other activities.

The Gundersen Air helicopter is also scheduled to be on-site for outdoor tours.  The Gundersen Clinic will be hosting an inflated walk-through colon to see how colon cancer can grow and the importance of colonoscopies with the hospital surgery staff close by to help explain the colonoscopy process.


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, Vitamin D and blood type testing, correct hand washing technique and cell phone sanitation.

Hemoglobin testing will be offered this year, as well as functional movement screens which is 7 different movements or tests that are done and can predict if a patient is at risk of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and injuries.  The 7 movements are meant to test overall body mobility, stability, coordination, and postural control, with the score determining risk of injury.  These will be performed by the Physical Therapy Department.

For the second year, “Be the Match” bone marrow sampling will be offered which will be provided by the hospital’s Laboratory.  This is the same program that Robyn Roberts from Good Morning America endorses following her own successful bone marrow transplant match 10 years ago.  A blood stem cell donation can be a cure for blood cancer, sickle cell, and other deadly diseases. Many patients and their families are counting on drives like this to find their match. The process is simple and painless and will be available for all visitors to the fair.


Over 100 door prizes will be given away that night. All visitors to the 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 posted at the same door those visitors entered, so it is important to enter and exit at the same door.  The fair route will include both clinics as well as the lower level of the hospital.  Parking will be available at all three entrances to the fair, as well as along the street.

The annual “Family Wellness Fair,” held Wednesday, May 10, 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.