Valley Health took over the Apple Blossom Mall and held their 25th Annual Community Wellness Festival in partnership with Shenandoah University.
Shenandoah nursing students, who helped to provide free health screenings, say this once-a-year event is a community staple.
“Some insurances don’t cover it. One lady was here and she said that her insurance does not cover like getting blood drawn or anything or checking her glucose so she waits until this event to get her glucose checked,” said Shenandoah University nursing student Emily Herndon.
Valley Health nurses say, CPR survival rates are down and they used this festival as an opportunity to educate as many people as possible.
“If somebody sees somebody collapse or they need help, they need to act right away. Get help but don’t wait for that help to come before doing anything,” said Julie Dellinger, RN.
The festival focused on educating people of all ages. The teddy bear clinic taught kids about healthcare by performing a check-up on a stuffed animal of their choosing.
“The younger you start, the better it is in the end. It’s easier to start when you’re younger instead of trying to catch up when you’re older,” said Shenandoah University nursing student Krysta Sowards.
With nearly 100 tables, there was something for everyone.
The festival also had fitness and wellness demos throughout the day where people were invited to come out and get some exercise.