Rising Sun chamber hosts 10th annual health fair
— From flu shots and bone density scans to free hand sanitizer, pens and fruit, people were happy they came to the health fair on Friday at Grace Bible Chapel.
“I’m very impressed. They have a lot to offer and I’m excited to check it out,” said Suzan Bolingbroke, of Rising Sun, as she and her husband, Brent, walked from table to table to learn more about health resources available in Cecil County. “We’re at the time in our life when we really need to start making some improvements.”
In that same mindset, Margaret Lutley had Cari Stammler from Triangle Health check her blood sugar content.
“It’s 96. That’s good isn’t it?” Lutley, from Rising Sun, asked Stammler, who showed her a chart assuring her she was in a healthy range. “If I was in the 80s (range on the blood glucose scale) I’d be very happy.”
This is the 10th year the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce has hosted the health fair and Dr. Joseph Weidner from Stone Run Family Medicine, this year’s organizer, was pleased with the steady stream of people visiting the 54 vendors lined up in the fellowship hall.
“Health is the thing and overcoming the barriers for better health,”
Henry Bruno, a pharmacist at City Pharmacy in Elkton, administers a flu shot to Maggie Creshkoff at the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce Health Fair Friday.
There were even banks represented and Kathleen Cini, manager of the Rising Sun branch of PNC Bank, said banks also play a role in health care.
“We care about our customers’ health and their financial well-being. It goes hand in hand,” she said.
Cini was there to offer connections to advisors to help guide decisions in retirement and long-term care.
Jon Creamer, transit coordinator for Cecil Transit, was also at the health fair to offer options.
“We have many different programs,” he said.
The county’s network of buses can get people everywhere from doctor appointments to the grocery
store, he said.
“We offer a shopping trip every Friday. We’ll come to your house and take you to Martin’s,” Creamer said, referring to the Rising Sun grocery store.
Wearing her “Muscles and Mascara” shirt, Allyson Trapp from Strength in Numbers Innovations encouraged visitors to her table to take one of the dance classes taught by her and her business partner Christine Hall. Trapp said her Rebel Dance Fitness class held at Street Lamp Productions on Valley View Road in Rising Sun works for any person.
“We have kids, we have grandmas. The class can be whatever you want it to be,” she added. “Everybody has fun. We all sweat.”
Lorraine Fortune from the Cecil County Pregnancy Center hands out pins of tiny gold feet to promote the services the non-profit agency offers.