The Tusculum College Fall Health and Wellness Fantasia will be Thursday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.
Currently more than 40 providers are registered to participate in this annual event, and more are expected, as this event in 2008 drew more than 300 visitors. In addition to Tusculum College faculty, staff and students, the Health and Wellness Fantasia is open to the public and many of the community assisted living facilities bring residents who might benefit from the services and information provided. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office.
Medical and health information and assessments of many types will be offered, and, according to organizers at the College, there is no charge to attend the event and most of the services offered are free of charge. However, a few of the special services will require a fee.
“The Fall Health and Wellness Fantasia is an informational event for students, faculty and staff, but it is also a community outreach event that we are proud to offer each year,” said Diane Hensley, campus nurse at the College and event organizer.
“We strive to offer as many opportunities as possible and this year that includes healthy eating information, HIV testing by Hope for Tennessee, and something new this year is the participation of the Mobile Unit of the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, which will be performing mammograms on site,” she added. There is a fee for the mammograms, but insurance will be filed. To make an appointment, contact the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center at 1-800-456-8169, Ext 2935.
This year Medic Regional Blood Center will be on hand conducting a blood drive as part of the College’s Blood Drive Bowl competition the week Tusculum College travels to Carson-Newman College for their annual football rivalry game. Last year Tusculum College won the Blood Drive Bowl 173-122 over Carson-Newman, and event planners hope the community participation in the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair will help put them over the top this year as well.
Vascular screenings will be provided by Dr. George Vinsant and mental health issues will be addressed by Frontier Health. Greeneville Eye Care Center will be on site and offering vision screenings and the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society will have puppies and kittens to improve visitors’ mental and emotional health.
Volunteers from Rural Resources will be offering cooking classes focusing on cooking healthy, natural foods and Melissa Hughey, a certified massage therapist, will be offering massages.
Among other topics, this year’s expanded health fair will offer multiple areas of physical and mental health education and screening, preventive care information, increased awareness of health resources in the community, alternative health/medicine sources and information on healthy food choices, cooking ideas and preparation techniques.
Additional providers include the Tusculum College Athletic Training Student Club, the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, American Red Cross Blood Services, Arbonne International, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chrysalis Weight Management, Dr. Jonathan Turoff of General Neurology, the Greene County Health Department, Greeneville Ears, Nose and Throat Specialists, Home Instead Senior Care, Home Medical Services, Laser and Skin Care Center of Greeneville, New Age Alarms and Communications, Pridemore Family Chiropractic, Sam’s Club, Smokey Mountain Home Health and Hospice, the Social Security Administration, State Farm Insurance, TeNNderCare, The Health Wrap, Rogers Family Dental, Walgreen’s, Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office, East Tennessee Oral Surgery and Greeneville Urgent Care/Takoma Hospital.
For more information about the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair contact Hensley at 423-636-7499 or Connie Kretchmar-Sitz at 423-798-7821.