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The Telegram
  • HCCC hosts Wellness Fair

  • There are a variety of ways to look at wellness and a number of them were on display during the annual Wellness Fair Thursday at Herkimer County Community College.

    Students and the community were invited to attend the event that featured more than 30 displays, according to Debra Lynch, R.N., health services coordinator at HCCC, who organized the fair.

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  • There are a variety of ways to look at wellness and a number of them were on display during the annual Wellness Fair Thursday at Herkimer County Community College.
    Students and the community were invited to attend the event that featured more than 30 displays, according to Debra Lynch, R.N., health services coordinator at HCCC, who organized the fair.
    Community and student organizations along with businesses set up displays in the McLaughlin College Center lobby.
    Visitors could pick up information offered by the Herkimer County Prevention Council, a program of Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, which offers substance abuse prevention services. The program offers school-based services for students ranging from the elementary grades to the college level along with information and referral services on alcohol and other drugs and community services such as the Prom Campaign to prevent underage drinking.
    Members of HCCC’s Physical Therapy Assistants Club set up a display with a Wheel of Wellness game with prizes and hot paraffin wax, which can be used for arthritis, to control pain and as a moisturizer, according to club member Sandra Martin. There were also snacks, both fruit and candy. Visitors could also have a hand massage or learn their body mass index.
    Jeremy Cingranelli, technical assistant, community education at HCCC, was on hand to talk about noncredit health and wellness classes the college will offer this summer. In addition to yoga classes, there will be classes in Pilates, Burn and Firm and Total Body Sculpt. More information is available on the college website.
    The Herkimer County Drinking Driver program also had a table set up. Gordon Wells, program director, said motorists who have been ticketed for drunken driving go through the program in order to obtain a conditional license. Prime for Life is the name of the program the state has adopted.
    Fire safety was another topic featured at the event. Vicky Marshall, of the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, was on hand beside a Fire Safety House complete with fire and safety hazards such as overloaded circuits, a radio next to a bathtub and a cluttered stairway. Light-up features demonstrate the proper way to put out a grease fire on the stove — smother the fire with a lid — and remind visitors to check a door to see if it is hot before opening and to stay low if they are caught in a burning building.
    Herkimer Area Resource Center Outreach Coordinator Monalisa Fermin offered information on Autism Movement Therapy. She said studies show the therapy helps with the gap between the left and right brain that people with autism often experience. “They show improved behavior, understanding and communication,” she said. Spring classes will begin in May and run for an hour each Saturday for six weeks. Certification classes are also offered.
    Page 2 of 2 - HCCC offers an Employee Assistance Program, according to Julie Todd, assistant director of human resources. College employees are offered counseling, legal, elder care, substance abuse and other services, according to Todd.
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also had a table at the event with several flyers available.
    “We’re very passionate about getting awareness out there,” said Karen Freedman of the foundation. She said it is important people become aware of the signs someone might be thinking of taking his or her own life. These could include psychiatric disorders such as depression, drug abuse and dependence, post traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders. Past suicide attempts are another warning sign.
    “There’s help out there if you’re thinking of taking your life,” added Lori Coffin, who was also working at the table. “People didn’t used to talk about it.”
    The foundation also offers an outreach program for those who have recently lost a loved one to suicide. More information is available at afsp.org.

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