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By Cynthia Haggitt
Health fairs are an essential part of education and not only provide general information about good health and preventative medicine but also provide help to organizations who are in need.
The Brussels & Batchtown Woman’s Clubs held a Health & Safety Fair (BBWCHSF) on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9-11 a.m. at the Brussels Heritage park. The fair was to help raise money for the Calhoun Co Search & Rescue Team needed items such as backpacks and other items that are essential for the organization to do their job.
There were many vendors in attendence there on Saturday morning. One of the vendors at the fair was Katie Thiel, an instructor at the JCH Wellness Center.
“I represent the Wellness Center associated with the hospital in Jerseyville. I teach the Silver Sneakers classes, which are designed to help people keep their range of motion, get their heart rate up without pounding their knees and without making themselves hurt.”
Thiel mentioned that the classes are in the early morning and some are in the middle of the day and on Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes are the circuit classes at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
“Those classes are to help people stay active and be healthier at the Wellness Center. We also offer a series of classes in yoga, general exercise, water classes for all ages, and it’s a wonderful, pleasant place to come,” Thiel said.
JCH Hospital Stephannie Cloninger-Hultz who is a nurse practitioner with the Jerseyville Medical Group was doing blood sugar tests and explaining why a nutritional diet is so important for diabetics.
“I’m a diabetes education and disease management specialist and I see most of the diabetics for medical groups for the community,” Cloninger-Hultz said. “I have been explaining why a low carb diet is recommended by the American Diabetes Association. We recommend around 150 carbohydrates a day or less, and explain why we don’t want to go over 100 and why the diet keto needs to be avoided.”
She said diabetics do need carbohydrates so that they have a good, well balanced meal with protein. Carbohydrates in vegetables and to make sure diabetics are staying with the guidelines that are 7% or less. Cloninger-Hultz mentions that if you’re over 65, we look for eight or less.
“Hypoglycemia is very dangerous. We want to make sure that our older population doesn’t have their blood sugar lower than 100 ever. So a good number for them to kind of shoot for a good goal is less than 130 but not lower than 100.” Cloniger-Hultz said. “ We’re doing all different types of educational classes next month and I have a luncheon /learning class that is going to be held in Brighton at the Brighton Community Center. It is in City Hall to City Hall and that is on the 24th. It’s lunch and learning. We’re going to talk about diabetes and stress.”
Also the Calhoun Health Dept was there and were doing blood pressure checks and were discussing what the clinic will be doing the last week of September and what will be coming up in October.
“We will have Boo to the Flu coming up. Boo to the Flu Drive thru will be on Sept 30 from 3-7p.m. Kathy Sievers said. “This year we have changed locations. Flu shots will be given out in front of the Health Department. No appointments necessary and come see our spooky set up, get a goodie bag and of course a Flu shot!”
According to Calhoun County Health Department’s Facebook post the drive thru route begins on Main St and turns on to Church Street then turn onto French Street passing Saint Norberts and the Boo to the Flu clinic will be held out front of the health department.
“Also Calhoun County Health Department is holding a covid clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3:15 p.m. This is a curbside clinic by appointment only.” Sievers said.
EMT’s from South County Ambulance & Calhoun Senior Ctr both had information booths and also St Vincent de Paul had a table and were handing out masks to people.
The fair also had raffle tickets and Modern Woodmen helped match the prize drawing of $500. There were 54 business and people who contributed to the raffle prizes.
Door prizes were given out throughout the morning & raffle prizes were drawn at 11 AM.
The Calhoun Health and Safety Fair would like to thank the following business for their contributions in order to make this year’s fair a success:
1. $250 Cash-Fred & Jane Herter
2. Car Detail-Calhoun Auto-$120 value
3. Overnight Lodging– Pere Marquette Lodge
4. $100 Gift Cert-Jerseyville Carpet & Furniture
5. $100 Cash-Charles & Judy Burch
6. $100 Gift Certificate-Jerseyville Carpet & Furniture
7. Two Nights Lodging-Watkins House, McCully Heritage
8. Pure Flow Bladeless Fan-Mark’s Appliance
9. Power Pressure cooker XL-Tom Held
10. $50 Cash-LPL Financial Pat Hurley/Julie Brangenberg
11. $50 Cash–Bank of Kampsville
12. $50 Cash-Calhoun Quarry
13. $50 Cash-Wallendorf’s Pest Control
14. $50 Cash-Eilerman Construction
15. 72 Hour Massage–Serenity Massage/Lisa Kiel
16. Backpack cooler /Drinks-Kevin & Elaine Eberlin
17. 1 Month Family Membership-Wellness Center
18. Norwex Towel & Dish Cloth-Joan Held/Norwex Rep
19. $25 Cash Squire Ins.
20. Spa Basket-Carol Sue Carnes/Marie Held
21. Bushel of Peaches-Macauley Orchard
22. 1 Year Subscription-Calhoun New- Herald
23. $25 Gift Certificate–Brussels Red & White
24. $25 Gift Certificate-Fox Pharmacy
25. Oil change-Wheel Deal Tire & Auto
26. Healthy Lifestyle Basket-Batchtown Woman’s Club
27. $25 Cash-Calhoun Lumber
28. $25 Cash-Modern Woodman Camp 8607/Agnes Kamp
29. $25 Cash–Bank of Calhoun
30. $25 Gift Certificate–Fox Pharmacy
31. $25 Cash-Zahrli Auto body
32. 2 Chicken Dinners–Hardin Drive in
33. $25 Cash-Hurley Dodge
34. Bath & Body Basket-Batchtown Woman’s Club
35. $25 Gift Certificate-Olive Branch Restaurant
36. Floral Arrangement-J.L Krafts
37. Movie Night Basket-Cyndi Axford
38. $25 Gift Certificate—Medford Oil
39. Stuffed Eagle/ Eagle Watching Book-River Bank Gifts
40. Wine Basket-Batchtown Woman’s Club
41. Calhoun Picture-Karen Varga
42.2 Lunch buffets–Fran & Marilyns
43. Hand Painted items-Lady Bug Crafts/Cindy Jenkins
44. 2 Bottles of Wine/Glasses-Vinaca Winery
45. $20 Gift Certificate–Straight Home Bar & Grill
46. Large Cake-Martha Bick Cakes
47. Jam & Jelly Basket-Hagen Family orchard
48. 2 Free Pizzas-Old Fill Inn
49. Fire Extinguisher-Brussels Lumber
50. $20 Cash-German Insurance
51. $20 Cash-Klocke Auction
52.20 LB Propane Refill-Rull Bros
53. $20 Gift Certificate-Schulze Farms
54. $15 Gift Certificate–Illinois Riverdock Restaurant