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TCHC promotes health, wellness at annual festival

Venture Crew 54 students worked with Tri-County Health Care paramedics to train Festival of Health participants in Hands-Only CPR. The EMS team, including Venture Crew 54 students, trained more than 210 people on how to perform this life-saving technique.

Approximately 800 people attended the 24th annual February Festival of Health at M State, Wadena campus on Saturday.

This free event featured more than 75 exhibits from local agencies promoting health and wellness. In addition, several booths provided free health screenings, such as blood pressure, blood glucose, body fat analysis and more. Wadena County representatives were available to discuss MNsure, Healthy Homes, Family Health, Reproductive Health and Emergency Management.

Several booths provided interactive opportunities to become familiar with many resources available for a family's health, well-being and safety. Popular booths this year included "My Chart" education, Women's Health and the Community Baby Shower and EMS/Hands-Only CPR training. EMS Venture Crew 54 students helped to train 140 people, including several local Boy Scout troops. Sharon Heinen and Julie Jenson, Tri-County Health Care paramedics, trained another 70 people in the American Heart Association's newly recommended Hands-Only CPR.

"The Festival of Health is a highly anticipated, annual health care event for people of all ages in our communities. We are proud to host a popular health event that offers our communities such a vast variety of valuable resources," said Joel Beiswenger, TCHC President and CEO.

Entertainment was also part of the festivities, featuring Just For Kix, Shining Stars Dance Company and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, as well as, face paintings by Wadena-Deer Creek School FCCLA students and caricatures by Doug Curtis.

Two grand prizes were awarded to lucky Festival of Health attendees. Judy Tiede, Wadena, won the "Get Started Fitness Kit" which included a Fitbit wireless activity and sleep tracker, and a six-month membership to the Wadena Community Center. Dustie Bakke, Menahga, won "An Evening Out in Wadena," which included a one-night's stay at the AmericInn in Wadena and four movie passes for the Cozy Theatre.

Plan to attend and participate in the 25th annual February Festival of Health. If you are interested in being a part of the 2015 event, or would like more information, please contact Rachel Amiot, Tri-County Health Care Events Coordinator at (218) 632-8181.

The health fair is sponsored by Tri-County Health Care Foundation, Tri-County Health Care and M-State, Wadena campus.