One of Lorain County Community College’s favorite events has returned after more than three years of silence due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The halls of the Spitzer Conference Center were filled to the brim on October 26 as more than 60 vendors gathered for the annual Health and Wellness Expo at Elyria.
Led by Lisa Augustine, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the health, physical education and recreation program, the Health and Wellness Expo has long been part of the college’s history.
“Before the pandemic, we held this fair every year for five consecutive years, welcoming vendors from across Lorain County to share in the health and wellness benefits,” Augustine said.
This year, the exhibition welcomed over 300 guests ranging from students to employers to members of the community.
“Health is not just physical, but also mental and financial, and it all shows here today,” Augustine said.
Lorain County Public Health kicked off the event by offering free flu shots to children at least six months old to keep this flu season safe.
Free public health screenings were also part of the fun, and Augustine invited resident doctors, surgeons, dentists, dietitians and chiropractors to speak to the community.
On the mental health side, volunteers from the Elyria Friendship Animal Protective League have settled in with two puppies to promote the health benefits of owning a pet.
“We wanted a way to show people the importance of health for everyone, from college students to our Silver Sneakers programs, and everything in between,” Augustine said.
Members of local schools also attended the event, including Kim Haney, director of the Med Tech program at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst.
“Our Expo is also really special because we have a live DJ and line dancing, which isn’t very common, but it’s a lot of fun,” Augustine said.
According to Dee Gross, LCCC Advisor, “We provide free music to any type of non-profit organization or event on campus because it all goes to good causes and also gives us the opportunity to train our future DJs.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) President Kateryna Karelina, in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Foundation Women’s Fund, set up a booth promoting the importance of free menstrual products.
“We wanted to raise awareness that period poverty exists and that feminine products should be available on college campuses,” Karelina said. “As part of our PTK college project, we are bringing free products to campus with the help of United Way of Greater Lorain County.”
Those in need of products can contact United Way at 440-277-6530 and can drop off donations at 642 Broadway in downtown Lorain.
To continue to support mental and physical health, Augustine and her students brought childhood fun in the form of oversized adult tricycles that students rode throughout the school to encourage people to attend. the Expo.