Health & Wellness Expo set for Sept. 28

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MOSES LAKE — People will have a chance to learn about all things health-related at the annual Central Washington Health & Wellness Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 in the ATEC building at Big Bend Community College.

The expo is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Herald. Sponsors also include Samaritan Healthcare and Confluence Health. Co-sponsors are the Health Alliance insurance group and Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata.

Any expo with “Health and Wellness” in the title has to be about getting and staying healthy. And the expo focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, providing information on health issues, introducing people to agencies and companies that can help them negotiate the healthcare system. Actually it’s more than that — there’s a chance to help others, and there will be some fun things to do.

The Teddy Bear Clinic returns in 2019. The first 300 children get a new teddy bear and go through the clinic, which teaches them about maintaining good health. Bears get a checkup and along the way their owners get information about healthy habits.

The schedule includes yoga and Zumba demonstrations.

Traditionally, local fire departments and EMS agencies and companies bring emergency equipment to look at and get close to — and everybody knows adults like looking at and getting close to fire trucks and ambulances too.

The expo also features a number of vendors. Organizers have signed up vendors for all things healthy, from agencies and health care providers, health insurers to fitness to home healthcare. Exhibitors will have information on the importance of exercise, understanding some of the intricacies of health insurance and preventative medicine, among other subjects.

Fall is the season for open enrollment in public health insurance programs like Medicare, and there will be Medicare information for seniors. Other topics for seniors will be covered as well.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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