Messenger photos by Dedra Caudle
Community Health Action Network and Prairie Township teamed up to provide health and wellness resources to the community at the annual Senior Health Fair on April 27th. According to Prairie Township Community Center Director Michael Pollack, he was joined by more than 40 organizations from across the United States. Community members attended the event to provide exercise demonstrations, massages, screenings, and other health and wellness advice. Representatives from the Franklin County Public Health Department were among the vendors on hand to encourage participants to maintain an active lifestyle. Here, Healthy Food Access Coordinator Unity Johnson demonstrates how his popular smoothie bike works. “To reap the benefits of smoothie drinks, you have to be in gear with your feet,” she said.
Ruth Billman, left, has her blood pressure taken by Beth Bridges, a registered nurse at OhioHealth.
Dr. Michael Monroe of West Jefferson Chiropractic is using a non-invasive tissue regeneration device to treat Prairie Township firefighter Samuel Cooke's lingering pain since he twisted his ankle while leaving the aid station. I am using a soft wave. Mr Cook said the procedure immediately relieved his year-long discomfort. “My ankle isn't stiff now, so that's a good sign.”
Columbus and Franklin County Metroparks naturalist Deb Ruppersberg and her friend Twicky the grizzly rat snake will be at the event, specifically exploring the great outdoors at Battelle Darby Creek Metropark. promoted the benefits of walking. Ruppersberg said the park offers a number of walking programs for solo adventures and groups. To see what programs are scheduled for May, visit and look under “Program Search.”
Yoga instructor Shelly Brunicardi (left) uses a chair to teach Rachel Palmer the tree pose. The two women lead fitness classes at the Prairie Township Community Center. For more information about the health classes available at the center, visit the website
Rachel Palmer, PTCC's Zumba instructor, gave two 15-minute demonstrations at the Senior Health Fair. Those who decided to participate had a lot of fun learning some new Zumba moves, he said.

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