Health and Wellness Fair bringing over 50 vendors to RLC campus


INA, Ill. (March 9, 2015) – Five presentations and 50 booths are already on the line-up for the Health and Wellness Fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, April 17 at Rend Lake College. The event will be offered thanks to a Community Engagement Award of $4,500 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region.

At the fair, community members can receive free advice and information on all aspects of their health from the vendors, including health screenings, senior wellness, veteran health, smoking cessation, and more. Some of the specific booths include Alzheimer’s disease care, cancer awareness, nutrition, and disability awareness.

There will also be events for children and school students, such as the Healthy Body Walk wherein students will walk through a giant body, starting with the mouth and stopping at different parts and systems of the body.

“The Health and Wellness Fair will offer many sources of health information and services which will allow the RLC community and members of the surrounding communities to take advantage of health screenings, presentations on health and wellness topics, and health information resources free of charge,” said Beth Mandrell, RLC Reference Librarian.

Many vendors will also be offering giveaways at their tables, and there will be a grand prize given away at the end of the fair. To enter into the grand prize drawing, participants will have a checklist of booths to visit and gather information.

All vendor booths will be located along the upper level of Waugh Gymnasium, Aquatic Center lobby, and outside, weather permitting. All children’s activities, Yoga, and Zumba will be located on the gymnasium floor. The six presenters will be located in the Private Dining Area in the Student Center. Food and beverages will be for sale by the Culinary Arts and Nursing clubs.

Presentation Speaker
Elder Law Tiffany Sievers
Grow Your Own Healthy Foods Ryne Fullerton
Healthy Hippie Chef Stacy Pasoni
Self Defense Jeff Bullard, Ron Meek
Sexual Assault Prevention Women’s Center
Service Vendor
3D Mammography Crossroads Hospital
Adolescent Mental Health St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
Assisted Living Addus
Four Fountains
Blood Drive American Red Cross
Blood Pressure screening RLC Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students
Body Walk for children RLC, Area Health Education Center
Bone Density, BMI Franklin County Hospital
Breast Cancer awareness Franklin County Hospital
Cancer American Cancer Society
Cardiac Care American Heart Association
Chronic Disease information St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
CPR recertification RLC
Depression screening Franklin County Hospital
Dietary Health, adolescent and senior St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
Domestic Abuse Women’s Center
Elder Law information Southern Illinois Elder Law
Essential Oils Sarah Draper
Eye care Marion Eye Center
Firearm, bike, and driving safety Mt. Vernon Police Department
Fitness for children Matt Jackson
Fun Run / 5K Tyler O’Daniel
Germ Station for children RLC
Glucose screening RLC ADN students
Hand massages Studio RLC
Health care information Christopher Rural Health Planning Corp.
Health careers RLC, Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Health Coach St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
Health Education careers AHEC
Health Information Technology RLC
Health insurance American Family Insurance
Health topic poster sessions RLC ADN students
Healthy cooking choices Jeff Fairbanks
Hearing test Miracle Ear
Independent Living OFA CIL
Lung Cancer screening information Good Samaritan
Medical equipment Alpha Home Care
Memory screenings St. Mary’s Good Samaritan
Pharmacy services and medical equipment Medicine Shoppe
Physical Therapy Franklin County Hospital
Pregnancy screening information Pregnancy Matters
Prescription services Byrd-Watson
Rehabilitation Hamilton County Memorial Hospital
Respiratory COPD Franklin County Hospital
Stress Management Stress Knot Massage
Veteran Health VA Hospital
Water Safety Laura Johnston
Yoga Tess Shelby
Zumba Lindsey Cox

The Health and Wellness Fair will tie in with a health awareness week on campus, the first of its kind. A number of students on campus, such as those in the Nursing program, and RLC officials will be on hand to participate in the community education.

For more information, contact Beth Mandrell at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1276 or .

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN‐276‐2011‐00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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