Coordinated Health and Carrigan's Pharmacy have joined forces to provide free and consistent educational seminars, blood pressure tests, and body mass index screenings at the Pine Point Plaza on Route 903.
They celebrated the partnership by organizing a Health and Wellness Fair this past Friday and Saturday. The fair was a collaborative effort between the businesses in Pine Point Plaza, the Lake Harmony Ambulance and Fire Company, and the newly opened Penn-Kidder Library Center, which celebrated its grand opening as part of the fair.
Adults and children were invited to take tours of an ambulance with Tommy Correa and Ryan Kinsey from the Lake Harmony Ambulance. They were on duty, but fortunately for the visitors to the ambulance, they were not called to respond to any emergencies.
The fire department raised the ladder on its truck and offered fire safety information to visitors who came to gawk at the 120-foot ladder, which towered over the plaza parking lot.
Timothy Berger from state Rep. Doyle Heffley's office was there with information on Pennsylvania gun laws, field guide flip books, educational coloring books, and various other handouts detailing topics of public interest.
Third generation furniture maker and wood craftsman David Hudack sold carved gifts at a stand next to the parking lot.
The Miller Keystone Blood Center had a sign-up sheet for its upcoming blood drives in Albrightsville on June 29 at the Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2. They handed out information on when and where to give a pint and they encouraged people to donate to save a life.
The Penn Kidder Library Center celebrated its grand opening and had a used book sale. The president of the center, Barbara Franzosa, played a big part in helping JumpSpark Creative Group representative and Carrigan's marketing manager, Dina Tulli Davis, plan the event.
"It is always great to get the community together to help educate people about the issues that affect our health and well-being. Literacy is vital to wellness as it is required to function in our society, but inspiring awe or sparking creativity and joy in learning is just as important to maintaining wellness," Franzosa said.
"We are always planning things for the community. When we heard that the library was going to open today we decided to reschedule our promotional event to announce our partnership with Coordinated Health," Lehighton resident and owner of Carrigan's Pharmacy, David Althouse, said.
"Dina and Barb did most of the planning. But it sure is great to have the businesses, non-profits, and township agencies working together to educate people."
Carrigan's hosted three educational seminars with speakers Alexander Sierra and Scott Hunter from Coordinated Health. The first and third, which were on nutrition, attracted a modest mixed age group of interested patrons with questions that mostly focused on dietary habits and the use of supplements. The second was about back and neck pain and attracted an equal sized adult group who listened intently.
According to Davis, this event will be the first of many annual health and wellness fairs. The free seminars and health screenings will continue regularly throughout the year.
"I know that Coordinated Health will be a great partner because they have a lot of helpful information that would be great for Carrigan's clients," Davis said. "We hope to be doing this fair every year and we will regularly offer free screenings and seminars for our customers."