GEAUGA COUNTY – The fifth annual Family Health & Safety Day will be held at University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Road in Chardon, on Saturday, July 13th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The free event promotes healthy living by providing wellness screenings and education in collaboration with the hospital’s many community partners.
This year’s Family Health & Safety Day will present the widest range of screenings and interactive demonstrations to date. “It’s part of our mission at UH Geauga Medical Center to ensure that the people we serve have access to complete information regarding healthy lifestyles, care and prevention,” says event and screenings coordinator Lou Ann Marx, RN, BSN. “Our partner organizations and the hospital’s clinicians, physicians and staff are volunteering their time to make this free event educational, empowering and fun for all ages.”
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this summer’s event.
The Family Health & Safety Day wellness screenings include: Sports physicals (child must be accompanied by parent or guardian);  Vascular/stroke risk;  Dental (provided by the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile);  Skin cancer;  Pain;  Orthopaedic; Hearing; Memory; Depression; Foot assessments and  Sleep
Safety and wellness education stations include:  CPR instruction;  Car seat fitting (provided by UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital); Drug take-back program (Geauga County Sheriff’s Department to accept pills and empty syringes);  Medicare consultations;  Health care power of attorney/living will consultation;  Job search assistance (at Job and Family Services Building)
Safety and wellness demonstrations include:  Bike;  Water and boating;  Fire safety/fire extinguisher; Yoga and Zumba®
“Family Health & Safety Day is about wellness in every sense of the word – physical, mental, social, even economic,” says Marx. “Nonprofit organizations from Job and Family Services, United Way and the YMCA to Geauga County partners like the Park District, the Health District, the Public Library, the Sheriff’s Department and the Department on Aging will be here to offer resources and assistance to residents.”
At its core, Family Health & Safety Day empowers residents to help identify health and safety risk factors. “Awareness, early detection and early intervention are key factors to achieving better outcomes and leading healthy lives,” says M. Steven Jones, President, UH Geauga Medical Center. “While Geauga County was named the healthiest county in Ohio this year, there are still many public health issues in our community. This event is a great opportunity for UH Geauga Medical Center and its partners to immediately provide free services and information to everyone in the region – including those who are underserved because of economic factors – and to help them minimize their risks and maximize their overall wellness.”
The hospital’s team of experts and Call Center coordinators will be available on site to assist attendees in scheduling a full range of health services appointments and answer health-related questions.
The fifth annual Family Health & Safety Day will take place on July 13th, rain or shine. Preregistration is required for all health screenings. For more information or to register, call UH Geauga Medical Center at 440-285-7757, option 1.