Thousands attend 19th Annual Wellness Fair

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Jade Storms

Thousands of seniors gathered at the Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on Thursday for the 19th Annual PrimeTime Wellness Fair to encourage physical and financial healthy living for Hawaii's kupuna.

The event featured more than 90 booths that offered living information, free health screenings and free personal document shredding and notary services.

Cindy Ing, the program manager for First Hawaiian Bank, said they also added some new aspects to this year's Wellness Fair. "We have the Kupuna Corner this year and we're really excited about that," Ing said. "We also partnered with Aloun Farms and they provided a farmers market and Arcadia provided some Make and Take workshops and Hula Aerobics, so they did some crafts to help seniors enjoy life and do fun things in their spare time."

There was also a cooking demonstration from Down to Earth with Cynthia Cruz, Trisha Gonsalves and Andrea Bertoli, who showed how people can eat healthy using fresh, local produce. Other entertainment included games such as bingo and even a chair aerobics fitness demonstration.

In addition, visitors could enter two grand prize drawings which included a trip to Las Vegas for two from Vacations Hawaii and a $500 gas gift card courtesy of Mid Pac Petroleum and 76 Hawaii.

The most popular attraction of the Wellness Fair every year is the free health screenings, where seniors can check their blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose.

Normally, having your glucose and cholesterol levels checked means fasting for a day or two in order to get accurate results, but Frank Ward, manager of education at Kuakini Hospital, said that patients were getting their results in less than five minutes.

"We can get them in the ballpark of where their range is on cholesterol and their glucose, and we can identify problems early here," Ward said. "Plus it's a good way just to annually check their cholesterol and glucose levels and make sure they're not showing early signs of diabetes."

Ward also added that having your cholesterol and glucose checked is important because it can show early signs of heart disease and diabetes, which could be preventable.

The PrimeTime Wellness Fair also had informative guests talk about Senior Living Options Available in Hawaii, Advanced Health Care Directives and How to Keep Your Retirement on Track.

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