Reina P. Cunningham
Bad weather did not stop residents from participating in the Mall Walker Health Day on Wednesday.
Those who were in attendance for the start of the event got to participate in a raffle for door prizes. The prizes were donated by mall tenants and vendors.
Christy Johnson, APRN, spoke to the crowd about osteoporosis and the importance of healthy bones.
Johnson stressed how important prevention is, especially for women over 50, who are at high risk if they have a family history of osteoporosis and those whose diet intake does not include an adequate amount of milk or dairy.
“Diet is a good way to get your bones stronger” said Johnson. “Also, having bone density scans (is important).”
ARH has a bone density scanner on site. Johnson urges everyone to call 242-1193 and make an appointment because early prevention is key.
According to Johnson, most women do not know they have osteoporosis until they have broken a bone. This is why it is called “The Silent Disease.”
Several other staff members from Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital (ARH) participated in the event.
ARH offered several free wellness exams. Mall patrons could have their glucose, blood pressure and grip tested.
Within the first hour, Johnson spoke with a participant whose blood pressure was significantly high. Johnson plans on helping the participant follow up with his family doctor to see if further testing is needed.
Cathy Brown, director of Dietetic Service, was on site to offer her services as well. Brown educated participants on how to compare labels in order to get the highest levels of calcium.
Shoe Show offered $10 off all athletic shoes on Wednesday in support of the health day event.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 606-248-1010, 205.