Indeed, the Town of Christiansburg does care about citizens. The Aquatic Center and Parks & Recreation Departments clearly show it! The Aquatic Center recently held it’s health and wellness fair (April 3). While I could not find a date on the Parks & Recreation web page, their health and wellness fair has been going for a couple of years now. But, the more the merrier! That means that people have more opportunities to attend.
Many areas have only one annual health fair, and as a retired Paramedic, I can tell you that is just not enough. I don’t know if town staff did the research and found that we are drawing a lot more retirees into the area or not, but that is one of several reasons why having multiple health fairs per year is a good idea.
Another very good reason is that people don’t set schedules to get ill or injured at only certain times of the year. Having multiple health fairs allows for those whose needs change as a result of illness or injury to come in and obtain new information. If you are like me, you have a bit of memory slippage as time goes by so having those refresher courses makes it so much easier to try out some of the exercise or dietary recommendations for a while, then come back and learn more, allowing me to work on change in small increments. Or, if something didn’t work to check for alternatives. (Thankfully, nobody has tried to tell me that eating Jalapeño Peppers is bad for you!)
Perhaps most importantly, we live in a world of change. Every single day new information comes out that we could use. For instance, salt and chocolate were once taboo, now there is evidence that both of those, in moderation of course, are actually healthy. On any given day, you can only share so many recipes. More health fairs means more opportunities to get different recipes and ideas for the kitchen. And ,different health providers can provide a greater variety for citizens. This is particularly important since the offerings at the Aquatic Center and Parks & Recreation are so very different.
Waiting for a full year for a wellness fair just doesn’t cut it. I once worked with a volunteer rescue squad where we had a lot of retirees and ‘snowbirds’ in the area. We held wellness fairs monthly to make sure that everyone had as good an opportunity as possible to stay informed.
Having multiple health fairs also means that more groups can participate in dispensing information. For example while both running and swimming provide good exercise, how are they different? Which one would work best for you? Are their significant dietary difference that could be important for those with chronic joint diseases?
Kudos to the Parks & Recreation and to the Aquatic Center for working to make sure that important health information is presented more than once per year. Simply having blood pressure checked more often can mean the difference between life and death.
Lest I be asking for too much, I won’t suggest here that maybe they could split these up to be done quarterly and have both night and day as well as weekend and weekday in order to be more available to working folks. Nope, I’ll not even suggest that.