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YMCA's booth popular stop at Family Wellness Fair

August 13, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Reece Barbuzanes, 10, and his sister Alexis, 7, learn about the health benefits of bees and honey from Emily Bruckart, 2011 Pennsylvania Honey Princess, during Saturday's Family Wellness Fair at the Rescue Hose Co. Special Events Center in Greencastle, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Waynesboro (Pa.) YMCA's hand-held body-fat percentage monitor got quite a workout Saturday at the Family Wellness Fair in Greencastle.

About 300 people came through the doors of the Rescue Hose Co. Special Events Center to the free event hosted by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Carl's Drug Store in Greencastle.

About 30 vendors, including hospitals, emergency services, chiropractors, physical therapists, weight-loss programs, senior care organizations and senior insurance companies were represented at the event.

Just about everybody stopped by the YMCA's booth to have his or her body-fat percentage calculated by Amanda Gietka, membership development director for the Waynesboro YMCA.

"Physical health is important for every age," Gietka said. "It helps with your stress level. You can combat some genetic diseases with how you take care of yourself today. It's important for kids who are fighting obesity. It's important for everybody."

Dee Allison of Lemasters, Pa., was making her way around the health fair and stopped to have her body-fat percentage checked.

While her friend Vada Green was pleased with her body-fat percentage, Allison made a disgusted sound when referring to hers.

"I'm going to have a bonfire tonight," Allison joked.

The goal of the wellness fair was for the public to realize that they don't have to leave town to get great health care, fair coordinator Noel Fridgen said.

"It's our way to acquaint the community with the local, health fair services in the Greencastle-Antrim area," she said.

Mimi Barbuzanes of State Line, Pa., came to the fair with her grandchildren Reece, 10, and Alexis, 7.

"I'm interested in health. My health is very important to me," Barbuzanes said. "I just wanted to see all the different booths. It's the first time for Greencastle, and I was really interested in coming."

Her grandchildren stopped by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association's display to learn about the health benefits of bees and honey.

Emily Bruckart, 2011 Pennsylvania Honey Princess, was happy to share that honey is a better sugar source than some granulated, processed sugar because it is 100 percent natural.

"It's also great for allergies," Bruckart said. "If you use honey that has been nonprocessed from your area, it will have pollen diluted inside of it. Eating the honey will help you with your allergies during allergy season because you are eating the pollen and getting acclimated to the pollen. That way, you don't sneeze as much."

Erin Minifield, site manager for Antrim Family Medicine and Walk-in Care, was conducting blood-pressure screenings.

After Darlene Leasure of Greencastle had her blood pressure checked, she visited some of the other displays.

"I wanted to learn about all the local health care providers and wellness organizations," Leasure said. "I also wanted to check out any new activities available for children and families."

She brought her children Alaina, 7, and Benjamin, 2, with her.

"There are a lot of things, right here, close by, so people don't have to run to Hagerstown or Chambersburg (for their medical needs)," Leasure said. "Anything that's close for families is great."

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