GREEN Saturday was a day of good health and learning at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wellness Fair, which took place at LifeStyles Health & Wellness in Green.
Families and people of all ages were welcome to the free event, which ran from 8 a.m. to noon, to learn about health and wellness in a large variety of topics ranging from mental health to cardiovascular health to topics not often discussed such as when to get a prostate exam.
"A lot of men really want to know a lot about prostate health," Said Dennis Bently, MD, a urologist at Cleveland Clinic. "It’s just one of those things that they just don’t bring up a lot, so when you get them in a situation where they feel comfortable, guys tend to ask a lot of questions.
The event even featured opportunities to get golf tips from PGA professional or have a free workout in the LifeStyles facility.
Other than getting information on important health topics, attendees could also partake in health screenings such as checking blood pressure, body mass index and vision.
Cathy Savage of Cleveland Clinic Akron General was stationed at table administering blood pressure screenings and educating attendees on cardiovascular health.
"We’ve had a lot of people come to our table. They share their stories or what meds they’re taking, how well they’re doing or they’ve found out they have a family history, so we’re able to help them with education," said Savage. "It’s just an awesome event to share all this with the public and encourage people to know their numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose."
Those in attendance found the event enriching.
"May I say that the Akron General Wellness Center is one of the greatest things that ever happened to the city of Green, and this event that they’re putting on today is fantastic," said James Bond, who was in attendance. "All the volunteers, and everyone who participated, and the residents of Green should be ecstatic over all the great work they’ve done."
The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Mobile Unit –an on-site clinic fitted into a bus used at corporate events, senior and underserved communities – was parked outside the event as well. Attendees were invited to use its range of services.
"When you have free community screenings, it’s always a good response," said Rich Gershom, "It’s just a good, well-tended event."