Senior Expo and Olympics to focus more on community health

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Health expo vendors lined the walkway at the Page Memorial Park next to the St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital during last year' event.

STANDISH — The annual St. Mary’s 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.

“This year we changed it up a bit,” she said. “In the past it had always focused on the Senior Olympic Games, but we’ve seen from the community that they’ve had more interest in a health and wellness expo.”

More than 20 vendors will be on-site at the hospital’s 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.

“Something that’s new is the ‘Ask the Experts’ section,” she said. “We have three different individuals who will be on hand in half-hour increments where the community can come up and ask them question.”

Dr. Brodi Lynch will field medical questions from 10-10:30 a.m. SMMSH’s 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’s event, the senior Olympics will still be played, Shillair said. Games include adaptive tennis, golf and baseball, and a distance walking event, she said.

“There are about five or six different games they can participate in,” 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.

“Car clubs around the area bring them out to be on display,” she said.

Shillair expects there to be a good crowd for the expo and Olympic Games.

“We usually see about 200 people,” she said. “We have a very good turnout for the size of our community.”

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.


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