Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Building Wellness Awareness for the Next Generation

An important part of the GRMC mission statement reads: Commitment to promoting wellness, restoring health, and enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.

In other words, we believe it is part of our responsibility to be a beacon of light to the community on improving the health of all citizens. Toward these ends we often partner with other organizations to bring the message of good health directly to their organization. Recently, we teamed up with Grinnell College to host the Grinnell College Wellness Fair. The event featured 32 booths with wellness and health information tailored to students, ages 18 to 25. One of many of our staff members, Patty Hinrichs attended with a display on hand-washing and public health tips for body piercing and tattooing – a hot topic for college-aged students. Patty reported, “This was a fun event to work. The students are not inhibited and are inquisitive to find out what we had to offer. I had a lot of interaction with the students. It was great.”

Our human resources booth hosted Grinnell College alumni who are in the healthcare profession. Medical staff members Andrew Broadmoore, MD, and Laura Ferguson, MD, attended, as well as Harriett Dickey-Chasins, PhD; Claudia Beckwith, ARNP; and Kun-Hong Lu, LISW. Students really appreciated the time to talk with these healthcare providers on opportunities and challenges. GRMC also hosted displays on integrated therapies, nutrition, blood pressures and glucose tests, and physical therapy.

It was great to see the joint efforts of GRMC and Grinnell College making a difference in the lives of these young people. We especially appreciate the relationship we have established with Jennifer Jacobsen, the new Wellness Coordinator on campus. Jen has been an excellent addition and is committed to making wellness and fitness a priority at Grinnell College. In response to the Wellness Fair, Jen said, “The students really had a fun time and I feel we reached our goal of generating awareness about all the wellness options and resources available to students.”

We certainly look forward to many more opportunities to partner with the College and other organizations in and around Poweshiek County in enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.

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