By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2009
Randy Cogburn, wellness coordinator, and Melinda LeFleur, marketing director, invite you to Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center’s 8th annual Wellness Fair.
On Wednesday, September 23, Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center will host its 8th annual Wellness Fair. This isn’t your ordinary health fair – it features a multitude of free tests and screenings, a wealth of information, and a number of doctors available to talk with you.
The Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center, founded in 1986 and located at 2025 E. 71st St. on the Zarrow Campus, offers a continuum of care, including independent living, three levels of assisted living, and a full health care center. They currently have over 170 residents.
“Our Wellness Fair is a very popular event. We’ve averaged around 2,000 visitors at our past Wellness Fairs, and we have a good time. We have door prizes, giveaways, and a lot more,” says Melinda LeFleur, marketing director. To accommodate this large number of people, Tulsa Jewish will offer a complimentary shuttle service from the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel across the street from the Zarrow Campus.
This year’s Wellness Fair could be the biggest yet. “We’re working with the OU Physicians group for the first time, and we’re very excited about that,” says LeFleur. “For the Wellness Fair, OU Physicians will be providing complimentary testing and screenings at 16 booths that day. These tests include bone density, memory, balance, vascular, EKG rhythm strips, and many more. We’ll have 40 booths with information and screening onsite. Most of these tests are not things you would generally be able to get at a health fair.”
The free balance screenings, for example, will feature the Biodex Balance System SD, a world-class balance testing and training device. “There is only one of these machines in Oklahoma – Tulsa Jewish has it,” says LeFleur.
Randy Cogburn is Tulsa Jewish’s wellness coordinator. “We want to help people become more aware of what’s going on with their bodies,” he says. “Many people don’t realize they may have developed balance issues. If we can create awareness of these balance problems, we can help people avoid falls.”
A focus on wellness means a focus on prevention. “We offer these tests as a free community service in prevention,” says LeFleur. “It’s a great value – these are expensive screenings people might not otherwise have access to. With these tests, we’ve caught cancer in its early stages, the potential for stroke, high blood pressure – and we’ve sent these people directly to their physicians when we detected a real problem.”
The Wellness Fair is hosted by Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center, OU Physicians, Senior Select and Select Life Management, and Magoon & Associates. Other sponsors include Southwest Therapy Services, Life Senior Services, and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates. “We get a lot of support from Tulsa-area businesses every year, and we’re very grateful for that,” says LeFleur.
“The Wellness Fair is a lot of fun, and it’s not your normal health function,” says LeFleur. “Come see what’s available to create a healthier you.”
Tulsa Jewish’s 8th annual Wellness Fair is Wednesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Health Care Center on the Zarrow Campus. For more information on Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center, visit www.tjrhcc.org.