MARQUETTE - As part of National Hospital Week, Marquette General Hospital held a health fair for its employees on Thursday.
The goal of the fair, which was held in the west lobby of the hospital and the lower atrium in the Peninsula Medical Center, was to promote health and wellness, focusing on traditional as well as non-traditional areas of medicine according to the event's organizer Amanda Bivins, a licensed practical nurse with Marquette General Health System.
More than 40 vendors - 25 at the hospital and 23 at the medical center - took part in the fair. Vendors represented area gyms, holistic medicine, stress management, insurance nutrition and MGHS services, among others, Bivins said. Blood sugar screenings and a body fat analysis were offered to participants of the fair.
Bob Ruuska, behavior health counselor for Marquette General Hospital, applies acupuncture to medical center employee Renee Derusha as a relaxation technique at the health fair in the Peninsula Medical Center Thursday. (Journal photo by Danielle Pemble)
Cindy Engle, certified reflexologist, gives a foot massage to medical center employee Brandi Goodwin at the health fair. (Journal photo by Danielle Pemble)
"Blood sugar screening helps to identify people who may be at risk for diabetes," Bivins said. "A blood sugar above the normal range indicates there may be a problem that should be followed up on with the person's physician. Body fat analysis is another tool that can assess someone's risk - just like weight, (body mass index), etc. A body fat higher than the recommended percentage indicates an increased risk for certain diseases."
They also learned common health practices, such as the importance of eating fiber.
"Eating a diet high in fiber can help lower cholesterol, help with weight loss and improve digestion," Bivins said.
The event, which was open exclusively to MGHS employees, was mainly aimed at increasing the health and wellness of MGHS employees in their personal lives, she said.
The fair is held every year during National Hospital Week. This is the third year MGH has held it.
"The wellness fair is received very well by the employees. We had large crowds at both locations throughout the day," Bivins said.
Christopher Diem can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.