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Health Awareness Day at the YMCA promotes health and wellness

December 19, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — It’s always a good time for health and wellness and the YMCA’s Health Awareness Day on Jan. 2 provides a great opportunity to find out more about healthy living.

The day will provide educational information and health panels to start the year off to a healthier you. Lola Gonzales, campaign director, is not one to shy away from finding out ways to be healthy and to hop on board to learn more about herself. Over the years, she has pushed to get more health panels during the day. This year boasts four panels.

“We used to do just the one panel, but people who attended kept asking for more,” she said.

To participate in the panels, individuals will have to fast for 12 hours prior.

The basic health fair panel is $25.75. The panel with PSA for men is $42.80, the Panel with HGM is $38.15 and the panel with PSA and HGM is $54.85.

In addition to the health panels, which will be performed by Regional West Medical Center, there will be other kinds of information available. The Aging Office of Western Nebraska will be providing educational information.

“Our population has a lot of active older adults,” she said. “During the day, they will learn a lot of information about the things people can do and what might be good for them.”

Bluffs Physical Therapy will be demonstrating a variety of manual techniques to help get you started on the road to a better you. The Scotts Bluff County Health Department and Community Health will also be on hand to provide a variety of community health resources.

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska and the University of Nebraska Medical Center will be available to check blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI and body composition. Gonzales has been through this process before and she said it was worthwhile and an eye opener.

“What’s amazing is that you step on this machine and it can tell you how much water you have in your system,” she said. “When I did this, it also told me, for my height, what I’m supposed to weigh.”

Gonzales said many people have also learned if they might have a problem by participating in the health fair. After the test is performed, the results are mailed to them and if there is an issue, they can make an appointment with their doctor.

“Any type of health fair that is out there, people should take advantage of,” Gonzales said. “They have the potential to save someone and keep them healthy.”

The entire event is open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to participate. Another bonus of the day is that anyone can come in on Jan. 2, attend the Health Awareness Day and try out all the YMCA has to offer.

“Everyone is invited to participate in all the fitness activities going on that day,” she said. “All you have to do is come down and see there’s so much going on.”

Tours of the YMCA will also be available. Any member of staff can conduct a tour, including Gonzales and Conrad Bostron, executive director.

“He (Bostron) loves to do tours,” she said. “He’s still new to the community and would like to get to know more people.

The Health Awareness Day will be held at the Scottsbluff Family YMCA on Jan. 2, 2019, from 7-11 a.m. in the south gym. For more information, contact the YMCA at 308-635-2318.

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