Senior Expo and Olympics to focus more on community health
STANDISH ‚ÄĒ The annual St. Mary‚Äôs of Michigan Standish Hospital Senior Wellness Expo and Olympic Games will have a greater emphasis on distributing and sharing health and wellness information, according to Community Relations Manager Holly Shillair.
‚ÄúThis year we changed it up a bit,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúIn the past it had always focused on the Senior Olympic Games, but we‚Äôve seen from the community that they‚Äôve had more interest in a health and wellness expo.‚ÄĚ
More than 20 vendors will be on-site at the hospital‚Äôs Page Memorial Park, Shillair said. The expo will include a new feature where patrons can receive information from specialists concerning medical issues, nutrition and insurance, Shillair said.
‚ÄúSomething that‚Äôs new is the ‚ÄėAsk the Experts‚Äô section,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe have three different individuals who will be on hand in half-hour increments where the community can come up and ask them question.‚ÄĚ
Dr. Brodi Lynch will field medical questions from 10-10:30 a.m. SMMSH‚Äôs registered dietician Mallori Dzurka is scheduled to take nutrition questions from 10:30-11 a.m. Lynn Rios, a health insurance enrollment specialist, is slated to field questions from 11-11:30 a.m.
While the expo is taking center stage at this year‚Äôs event, the senior Olympics will still be played, Shillair said. Games include adaptive tennis, golf and baseball, and a distance walking event, she said.
‚ÄúThere are about five or six different games they can participate in,‚ÄĚ she said.
A barbecue luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. during the event. Shillair said the luncheon is $1 for senior citizens and $2 for general community members. During lunch, live music will be provided by the Sunshine String Band, Shillair said.
The event will also feature several antique cars that will be on display, according to Shillair.
‚ÄúCar clubs around the area bring them out to be on display,‚ÄĚ she said.
Shillair expects there to be a good crowd for the expo and Olympic Games.
‚ÄúWe usually see about 200 people,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe have a very good turnout for the size of our community.‚ÄĚ
The expo and games begin at 9 a.m. and are scheduled to wrap up around 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 989-846-3445.