The holidays are just around the corner and all too often we get caught up in the stress that goes along with it, without regard for self-care. It’s easy to go into auto-pilot just to get through the parties, shopping, family obligations and indulgent feasts. You can head-off these challenges by increasing your health and wellness skill set during the month of November, as a variety of free events are scheduled in Franklin County to help you improve your health.
Diabetes Health Fair: Featuring blood glucose testing, A1C testing, foot exams, diabetic retinal exams, blood pressure testing, light snacks and giveaways. Keystone Family Medicine, 820 5th Ave, Chambersburg. Saturday, November 4th, 9am-12pm
Fall Fun Fest (Health Fair): Come out and join Summit Health for a fall day full of fun activities for all ages and helpful health information. Activities include pumpkin painting, an obstacle course, a bouncy house, balloon animals, health screenings, and more! Waynesboro Medical Office Building, 601 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Saturday, November 4th, 1pm-4pm
Building Healthy and Safe Communities (Health and Safety Fair): Learn about situational awareness, indoor human health threats, healthy eating, salud mental. Free screenings, kids activities and snacks. Sessions in English and Spanish. Wilson College, Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. Saturday, November 11th, 9am-12pm.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Freedom From Smoking Classes: The Freedom From Smoking classes are an excellent way for those craving freedom to start their journey. Classes are free to all who register and participants receive nicotine replacements, information and tools to help them on their journey. Upcoming classes will be held in both Chambersburg and Waynesboro.
- Waynesboro: Mondays, starting November 6th, 2017 and continuing through Monday Jan 8, 2018 (class will not meet 12/25 or 1/1) at 6:30 pm. Class will be held in the Family Birthing Services Classroom at the Waynesboro Hospital.
- Chambersburg: Tuesdays, starting November 7th, 2017 and continuing through Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017 at 6:30pm. Class will be held in the Cafeteria Meeting Room of the Chambersburg Hospital.
Grocery Store Tours: If you are living with diabetes, eating a healthy diet is an important part of managing your disease. Join us for a free grocery store tour led by a diabetes educator. Learn how understand food labels, calculate carbohydrate servings, and shop for better meal and snack options.
- Waynesboro: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7, Martin's, 708 E. Main St., Waynesboro
- Chambersburg: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13, Giant, 993 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg
- Greencastle: 6-8 p.m., Nov. 14, Shop & Save, 500 N. Antrim Way, Greencastle
Space is limited and registration is required. One name per registration please. For more information, please call (717) 262-4472.
Be Merry and Live Well Holiday Wellness Workshop: This workshop will enforce 3 concepts to managing weight over the holidays; stay moving, eat well, and feel good to address nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. The takeaway message to participants is that you can “Be Merry,” enjoy your holidays, and “Live Well,” maintain health and wellness behaviors; it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Three one-hour sessions will occur over three weeks.
- Chambersburg: November 13, November 20, and November 27, 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Summit Health Center building #2, second floor conference room.
- Waynesboro: November 14, November 21, and November 28, 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Alexander Hamilton Library.
Attending workshops, classes and health fairs are just a few ways to help you improve your health. There are many other programs and events throughout the year. Visit the Healthy Franklin County events calendar to learn more about other events, programs and community supports.
Franklin County Health Snapshot
- 25.8% of residents are physically inactive
- 20.3% of residents use tobacco
- 81.7% of adults do not eat enough vegetables or fruits
- 20.8% of adults lack social and emotional support
- 111.7 residents per 100,000 have breast cancer
- 131.5 residents per 100,000 have prostate cancer
- 45.45% of adults have high cholesterol
- 103.06 residents per 100,000 have HIV
- 27% of adults have high blood pressure