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Organizations promote health at Radcliff expo

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By Amber Coulter

Radcliff Woman’s Club member Yvonne High was promoting a cause she had personal experience with when she tried Saturday to educate visitors about preventing and managing diabetes.

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The Radcliff resident sat behind a table filled with fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks. She challenged passersby during the city’s fifth annual Health and Wellness Expo at Colvin Community Center to guess which wafer cookie she offered was sugar-free.

The expo highlights health tips and resources throughout the area to promote good diet and activity, as well as managing hearing and eyesight.

High had to become more vigilant of such issues in her own life when she was diagnosed as prediabetic, which means she was in danger of developing diabetes.

The event offered the Woman’s Club a chance to provide information to residents about how they can protect their health, she said.

“Right now in our country, health care is a big issue,” she said.

Radcliff residents Ben and Stefanie Weakley took their 2- and 4-year-old children to the event to have identification cards made for them.

Stefanie Weakley said having current information for the kids seemed like a good idea.

“They’re just at the age where they like to run away and hide,” she said.

The errand also allowed family members to peruse booths set up by city police, the United Way and other area organizations and businesses.

As they explored, the adults decided to try to donate to an American Red Cross blood drive before heading home.

Ben Weakley said health matters are important to his family because prevention can help them avoid many future problems.

His wife agreed.

“I think the older we get and the older our kids get, the more it becomes an issue for our family,” she said.

Medley Byers, AmeriCorps leader for the United Way of Central Kentucky, worked at a booth passing out surveys to visitors to learn about their community health aspirations.

Promoting health is one of the organization’s major tenets. Gathering information about what residents want helps United Way leaders decide which programs and opportunities to fund to meet those needs, she said.

Expos such as Saturday’s in Radcliff are opportunities to reach new people, inform about services and draw new volunteers, she said.

Former Radcliff Mayor Sheila Enyart, who visited the expo to give blood, said the event was fantastic and has improved each year since the city’s parks and recreation director suggested it.

“A healthy community is a good community,” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.