Wellness festival to teach on health, fitness

The 21st Annual Community Wellness Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Apple Blossom Mall, with more than 80 exhibitors offering free and low-cost health screenings, demos and opportunities to meet practitioners and learn about health issues, support groups and community resources.

Topics will include bullying, distracted driving, tooth decay, heart disease, substance abuse, childhood obesity and medication problems.

Visitors will learn about treatment and management options for sleep apnea and weight loss, community resources for assisted living and Alzheimer’s care and about organ donation options.

Exhibitors will include the Addiction Action Committee, Clean Inc., Bridging the Gaps, Al-Anon and Families on the Road to Recovery.

Free health screenings will include blood pressure; blood sugar; COPD; sight, hearing and glaucoma; KidSight SPOT screenings; body fat and osteoporosis.

Fitness demonstrations will take place in the JCPenney Court. Children are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal or adopt one on the spot for a check-up at the Teddy Bear Clinic staffed by Shenandoah University nursing faculty and students. The Winchester Police Department will fingerprint children all day.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Valley Health Laboratory Services will draw blood for discounted rates on various services:

Comprehensive blood panel, lipids, CBC and TSH (thyroid) will be $45 with an option of adding the following tests for $15 to $20: PSA (prostate) for $15; hsCRP (C-reactive protein) for $15, Vitamin D for $20 and HbgA1C for $20.

A voucher for a later blood draw at any Valley Health lab can be purchased until 2 p.m.

The festival will also include blood collections by Virginia Blood Services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its mobile unit outside Buca di Beppo.

Other mobile screening vehicles will include the Lions Club Sight and Hearing Mobile Screening Unit, Valley Health’s health coach where nurses will offer free heart attack risk screenings, and the Winchester/Frederick County Fire & Rescue Department.

The event is sponsored by the Winchester Medical Center Foundation and organized by Valley Health, the Apple Blossom Mall and Shenandoah University.

For more information, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/wellnessfestival.