“The annual Health Fair at Dixie Regional Medical Center has always been a valuable resource to our community,” says Laura Bowles, marketing and communications specialist at Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. “This year, due to COVID-19 we are hosting a virtual health fair instead. Intermountain caregivers will present live on important health topics like COVID-19 in Washington County, overcoming fitness barriers, suicide prevention, and much more. We don’t want to loose the health education that usually comes with a health fair.”
Presenters are scheduled throughout the first week of October starting on Monday, October 5 and going through Friday, October 9. Visit www.dixieregional.org/virtualhealthfair to watch all of the live presentations and to see a presentation schedule. Caregivers will present live twice a day at 10 am. and 1 p.m. “We have scheduled a wide variety of presenters so hopefully we have something of interest for everyone.”
Starting Monday, October 5 at 10 a.m. Dr. Patrick Carroll, Dixie Regional Hospital medical director, will talk about COVID-19 in Washington County. He will discuss the statistics of where the county is now and where we are headed. He will also discuss what happens physically when individuals get COVID-19, the effects it can have on mental health as well as the effects on women who are pregnant. He will also discuss the best way individuals can protect themselves from getting COVID-19. He will go over trends of the virus and what the future could look like and how soon a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 could be available. Then at 1 p.m. we have Dr. Kerri Smith, pediatric hospitalist, talking specifically about children and COVID-19. She will go over the statistics of COVID-19 in children, how it affects them physically and tips for talking with children about COVID-19.
Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. Jordan Merrill, community health specialist, will talk about suicide prevention and awareness. At 1 p.m. Sunie Thomas, lactation consultant, will talk about breastfeeding essentials.
Wednesday, October 7 at 10 a.m. Tiffany Gust, exercise physiologist at the LiVe Well Center, will present on overcoming fitness barriers and help viewers to learn rescue strategies to help unlock motivation to a healthier life. She will provide ideas for fitness barriers solutions. At 1 p.m., Dr. Jotham Manwaring, medical director of Dixie Regional Hospital Neurological Surgery, will talk about back pain and minimally invasive spine surgery and Dr. Bryndon Hatch, Medical Director of Neuro Specialty Rehabilitation, will talk about stroke prevention and rehabilitation.
Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. Dr. Brett Parkinson, medical director of the Intermountain Breast Clinical Program, will talk about mammography and how important it is for women to get their mammograms. October is breast cancer awareness month so this topic is especially important now. At 1 p.m. Dr. Blake Gardner, Dixie Structural Heart Program director, will present on the Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Procedure and Arne Olsen, cardiovascular surgeon will talk about the TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) procedure.
Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m. KC Fisher, Intermountain Precision Genomics provider relations manager, and Christine Formea, pharmacogenomics specialist, will talk about RXMatch in Matching Medication is Now Personal and at 1 p.m. Dayna Robinson, certified exercise physiologist with the Dixie Sports Performance team, will talk about their performance running program for adults. It is specially designed to help improve stamina, strength and mobility as well as address and prevent both chronic and acute injuries and dial in biomechanics.
“We will miss seeing all of our community members in person this year but we hope you will join us at dixieregional.org/virtualhealthfair and watch some of these presentations that interest you,” says Bowles. “The presentations will be around 45 minutes each with time for questions at the end of each one. There is an option to engage with the presenters by typing in your questions in the chat feature and our team will ask those to the presenters. We look forward to hearing from you!”
Bowles adds that the video presentations will be posts to the same link for later viewing if you miss them.
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