Free screenings at wellness fair promote health

SUN PHOTO BY TOM CHANG Jody Amick, sales and marketing manager at Sterling House of Englewood, is organizing a wellness fair 7 to 9 p.m. July 15 at 550 Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda West. Among tests will include blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, a hearing test and information on medications and more. No fasting is required. For more information, call 941-698-1061 or 941-698-1198.

ROTONDA WEST — Jody Amick and Nick Gizzi are hoping the free wellness fair at the Sterling House will encourage visitors to take a more proactive approach to their health.

“My executive director, Debra Straw, is good friends with Nick and Kathy Gizzi,” said Amick, sales and marketing manager of Sterling House of Englewood. “So they were talking about doing a wellness fair.”

Gizzi, president of the Cultural Guild of the Greater Cape Haze Peninsula, said he felt inspired to start a wellness fair after participating in a previous Sterling House-organized one. The wellness fair will be 7 to 9 p.m. July 15 at the Sterling House of Englewood, an assisted living facility, located on 550 Rotonda Blvd. W., Rotonda West.

“We wanted to bring one here to the community,” Gizzi said. “The staff at Sterling will be volunteering and we’ll set up a table.”

Gizzi said he felt some of the services tend to be inaccessible.

“People who come in for screenings might not know about what’s available,” Gizzi said.

One of the particular services, Amick said, was screening for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“I think it’s common and universal issue and often people are in denial,” Amick said.

Representatives of many area medical and health services will be on hand to man testing and information stations. They will offer blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, a hearing test, information on medications, and more. No fasting is required for the tests, according to the press release.    Participants include Englewood Community Hospital, Patient Care Pharmacy, Innovative Senior Care and Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club.

“Coastal Cruisers will be there to tell their stories about how their lifestyle choices affected them,” Gizzi said.

Amick said Patient Care Pharmacy will work with people to provide consultation and provide proper disposal of any incompatible or expired medication.

“We’ll have a brown bag program to evaluate medication to see if there is compatibility and quality issues,” Gizzi said.

Amick said they’re hoping for at least 50 to 60 people attend.

“If it’s successful, maybe we can do twice a year,” Amick said.

For more information, go to  , call 941-698-1061 or 941-698-1198.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News,, and Tampa Tribune.
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