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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 - 33 HEALTH & FITNESS Extensive health and wellness fair set for Beach Day, Sept. 20 One of the state's largest health fairs will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at Rehoboth Convention Cen- ter as part of Beach Day '96. "Everyone is welcome to come for free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.," said Teresa Price, R.N., coordinator. The health fair is one of several events planned for Beach Day '96, which will raise funds for Meals on Wheels Delaware. Sponsoring Beach Day '96 is Delaware Health and Social Ser- vices Division of Services for Ag- ing and Adults with Physical Dis- abilities, in partnership with Sus- sex County Senior Services, Inc. (CHEER.) Delmarva Power sponsors a Governor's Walk that is part of the day's events. Price, who is program manager of CHEER's Home Services, said health screenings at the conven- tion center include glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar, visu- al acuity, peak flow (pulmonary) monitoring and mammograms. Only mammograms require pre- registration by calling 1 (800) 654-0606. In addition to the screenings, the public is invited to visit more than two dozen displays staffed by experts from a wide range of health organizations. Vendors planning to participate include the following: American Home Patient, Olsten Kimberly Quality Care, Peninsula Eye Center, DHSS's Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilitites (DSAAPD), Beebe Medical Cen- ter, Addus Health Care, CHEER Home Services, Harbor Health- care & Rehabilitation Center, Evergreen Center II Alzheimer Day Treatment Program, ELDER- info, Gilpin Hall, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Medical Society of Delaware, Ad- ditions Coalition of Delaware, Inc.., and the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems, Delaware Hospice, Delaware State Council of Senior Citizens, Geriatric Ser- vices of Delaware, Dati/Easter Seals Assistive Technology Re- source Center, Alzheimer Associ- ation, Arthritis Foundation, Amer- ican Diabetes Association, Care Van, and the State Office of Vol- unteers. Kent General Hospital, Home Health Corp. of America, VNA of Delaware, Nemours Health Clin- ic, Milford Center Genesis Elder- care Network and several other or-" ganizations will also be involved in the fair. Other events planned for Beach Day '96 are as follows: Governor's Walk - 10 tel 1:30 a.m.., with a choice of two cours- es: a short walk of 1.5 miles or a long walk of 2.8 miles. A mini- mum donation of $4 is required to David Platt, M.D., administers a blood pressure test at the Beach Day '94 health fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This year's Beach Day health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 20. participate in the walk. (The $4 represents the cost of one meal de- livered to a homebound person in the Meals on Wheels nutritional support system.) Registration be- gins at 10 a.m. in the west parking lot of Convention Center. Art exhibit and bingo - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cape Henlopen Senior Center, Christian Street. Bandstand Entertainment - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with five area musi- cal groups participating. Shuttle buses will provide free transportation between events downtown. Corporate sponsors are being solicited. Contact Donna Smith-Moore at 856-5187, Ext. 151, for more information. We're shooting for healthy lungs "Shoot for the Stars", sponsored by Star Enterprises to benefit the American Lung Association of Delaware, will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at Ommelanden Hunter's Training Range in New Castle. Lung disease is the third leading cause of death. This sporting clay shootout event will combine the competition of a sporting clay tournament for the avid sportsmen and a sporting clay instruction, safety course and shot for amateurs and individuals new to sporting clay shoots. Registration includes 10 stations, 50 targets, a box of shells and dinner, all for $40 per person, with $15 being tax deductible. Field sponsors are $350 and include signage at a station and registration for a team of five. Station sponsors are $150 and include signage at a station. The Sept. 20 event begins with registration at 1:30 p.m. Shoot-out starts at 3 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m. To register, call the American Lung Association at (302) 655-7258 or (800) LUNG-USA. Is there a rock in your shoe? Make the spine/skeletal connection Proper posture and the natural Chemicals may temporarily re- for additional medication to ad- and some form of post-surgical re- Is your head level and straight way healthy people walk, sit, stand and run seems so obvious to us all. Nevertheless, it always amazes me how few people un- derstand the connection between the spine and the skeletal frame- work of your body and your gen- eral health. If we feel poorly, if some symp- toms pop up on the radar screen of life, many of us run immediately for some pill, powder or potion to get rid of the symptom. We as- sume, after millions of exposures to pharmaceutical advertising, that the symptom relates to some chemical problem that can be chemically corrected by ingesting a drug. Though I recognize that drugs have value, regrettably this same mentality is applied to all kinds of symptoms, whether they be large- ly chemical or structural in nature or origin. In the areas of tension or muscle headache, neck and shoulder pain, and lower back and leg pain in particular, the cause of many symptoms is structural in nature - spinal joints are mis- aligned, tightening muscles and ir- ritating nerve roots. duce symptoms, but they offer no long-term structural remedy or correction. Recent studies, partic- ularly the federal AHCPR study last year, indicate that structural correction for these kinds of prob- lems, and not chemical cover-up, are now the standard of care. Chi- ropractic provides that structural correction. Imagine you are walking down the street and notice that a rock has gotten inside your shoe - what would you do? Don't be hasty; there are at least two options. You could begin taking aspirin or Tylenol to reduce the pain and continue to walk. After a while, when sufficient relief could no longer be obtained with these, you could begin taking anti-inflamma- tories like Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, etc. When these were no longer ef- fective, you could get prescription pain killers and muscle relaxants. Now, however, you will walk more slowly and for shorter dis- tances, and the chances are very good that you will have some side effects from the medications., which will likely result in the need dress the side effects. If you continue, the rock may become imbedded and infected, and you may require the services of an orthopedic or podiatric sur- geon as well as a brief stay in the local hospital. Of course, bed rest HEALTH TOPICS DR. HAL BOWEN Dr. Hal Bowen earned his bachelor of arts degree from Lafayette College and his doctor- ate from Sherman College of Chiropractic, summa cure laude. He has maintained offices in Midway Shopping Center since 1982. habilitation will be necessary. I won't even address the cost of this approach, let alone the lost time and risk from drugs and surgery. Of course, you could stop for a moment, loosen your shoe and re- move the rock. Any localized soreness will heal naturally, with no chemicals necessary. Many of us are walking around with the equivalent of "rocks" in our spine, but we ignore it or cover it up with chemicals (oral or topical) until it becomes so severe that we must seek the help of some kind of doc- tor. Frequently, the cause of our health problems relates to struc- tural, not chemical, malfunction. How can you tell if you have a "rock" in your spinal column? Begin by asking a friend or family member. Family or close friends will often notice poor posture, or that you walk oddly, favoring one leg, dragging one foot, swinging one hip, etc. They might be reluc- tant to tell you, but probably will if you ask. This relates to a struc- tural problem. Then take a long look at your standing posture in a full-length mirror. Check for these structural clues: or slightly tilted or turned? * Are your shoulders level, or is one higher than the other? Are your hips level or does one seem higher than the other. Are your arms the same dis- tahoe from the each side of your body, or is one ann further away from your side of your body, or is one arm further away from your side than the other? If any of these postural checks are positive, then there is some structural distortion in your frame. In short, if the posture is mis- aligned, so is the spine inside the posture. In chiropractic, we call this condition spinal "subluxa- tion" - when misaligned spinal bones tighten muscles and irritate nerves. This can result not only in postural changes but in a variety of symptoms as well. So let's get the rock out of the shoe, before the discs bulge, the hips grind, the knees wear out and our walk becomes a crawl. The earlier any structural problem is detected and corrected, the easier, quicker and cheaper it can be fixed. Try chiropractic now, for the health of it.