March 8, 2013
Expo promotes health, fitness
30 area organizations give sampling of their services at event
CORTLANDVILLE — Laurie Tebbe was on a mission to teach the public about Lyme disease Thursday.
As someone who has suffered from the disease for six years, after getting bitten by a deer tick on Long Island, she recently organized a support group for people who have it.
She also wants people who have the symptoms to test for it, since symptoms for other illnesses such as arthritis, chronic fatigue and lupus resemble Lyme disease.
“It’s becoming a worldwide problem,” she said, sitting in her booth at the Health and Fitness Expo at JM McDonald Sports Complex.
Thirty area businesses or services in medicine, health and fitness offered about 200 visitors the chance to learn about services in the area, from massage to medical centers to community organizations such as Catholic Charities and Seven Valleys Health Coalition.
“We want to inform the Cortland area of what we have to offer,” said Sue Covington, office manager for the sports complex and the event’s organizer. “We want to get people up and moving.”
Tebbe had green T-shirts with the slogan, “Ticked Off About Lyme.” She had information materials about the disease.
Cortland Regional Medical Center offered nutrition tips — along with parfait with granola — and information about pulmonary testing, rehabilitation services and Regional Medical Practice, a group of physicians connected with the medical center.
Cayuga Medical Center had brochures about heart disease, stroke, the services at its buildings and Cayuga Medical Associates, its Cortlandville branch.
Elizabeth Heath, the public relations director at Cayuga Medical Center, said the staff were also telling the public about the medical center’s urgent care fast check-in, for getting admitted faster.
The American Red Cross booth was staffed by SUNY Cortland students from the college’s new American Red Cross Club, organized by senior Crystal Russell to offer outreach for the health care and medical relief group.
“We want to raise awareness of what the Red Cross does besides blood drives,” Russell said, after returning from a tour of the expo in costume as Scrubby Bear, a mascot that encourages children to wash their hands.
Junior Courtney Morgan said people had been asking what they could show co-workers about giving blood. Zack Taillie, another junior, said they were handing out an eligibility guide for potential blood donors.
People who attended the expo also could enter free raffles for various prizes.
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