POCATELLO — The Idaho State Journal and Health West are partnering to host their first Health and Wellness Expo for the community on Saturday.
The event will be hosted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Event Center and feature local businesses that cover a wide array of health and wellness services. Admission is free.
“We’re always looking to bring things to the community,” said Traci Lund, marketing coordinator for the Journal. “ISU has a health fair, but it’s directed more towards students, and we don’t really have one here that’s for the community. So we decided that (hosting our own) would be beneficial.”
Vendors at the event will educate visitors about a host of medical issues.
“We have a gamut of things to see,” Lund said.
There will be four presentations during the first half of the day that will educate visitors on important medical issues.
Health West will give a presentation on diabetes prevention at 8:45 a.m.
Ari Price with Gold’s Gym will speak about having a healthy diet at 9:30 a.m.
At 10:15 a.m., Alliance Home Health and Hospice will give a presentation on safe lifting techniques. And at 11:30 a.m. they will give a second presentation on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Dr. Morgan Yost of Portneuf Medical Center will give two presentations on allergies. One will be at 10:15 a.m and the second will be at 11:30 a.m.
Grease Monkey will also give a presentation at 12:45 p.m on how to properly install a car seat.
Plus there will be opportunities for face-to-face interactions with medical professionals so people can ask any specific questions they might have.
“Maybe people have questions, or they’re experiencing something, and they want to find out more about it. They can come to talk one-on-one with our vendors,” Lund said.
Portneuf Medical Center will be offering reduced-cost labs such as a coronary risk profile test or a comprehensive metabolic panel.
There will also be bouncy houses and face-painting for kids.
Lund said that the Health and Wellness Expo would be beneficial and educational to people’s health and that being healthy offers a better quality of life.
“Our focus is for people to come and learn about being healthy,” she said. “Like if they have something going on, we want them to know what they can do to feel better. The healthier you are, the better off you are.”