Health fair, flu clinic to be held in Somers

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Thu., Sep. 22, 2011
SHAWA officers Kathy Niver and Beth Caravella stand with a sign for the upcoming Somers Health and Wellness Fair. Photo by Jennifer Holloway.
SHAWA officers Kathy Niver and Beth Caravella stand with a sign for the upcoming Somers Health and Wellness Fair. Photo by Jennifer Holloway.

The Somers Health & Wellness Association will hold its second annual health fair in conjunction with the town’s annual flu clinic on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Somers High School. The focus of this year’s fair is alternative medicine, but about 30 vendors spanning the health and wellness fields will be present.

“It’s important for people in our community to know what’s outside of our community,” said Beth Caravella, secretary of SHAWA. Caravella organized the vendors for this year’s fair, and she is excited for residents to not only learn about services available in town, but also to find out about those that are offered within a short drive of Somers.

Vendors will run the gamut from alternative and holistic medicine to traditional. Booths representing the areas of vision, hearing, substance abuse, fitness, massage, Reiki therapy and cancer prevention will also be present. Visitors will be able to take advantage of medical assessments for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, memory and balance.

For people who find they have collected numerous pill bottles of medicines they no longer need, Somers Pharmacy will be collecting those unused, unwanted or expired non-controlled medicines to dispose of properly.

SHAWA officers have also lined up several unique and interesting door prizes for this year’s fair, including a gift certificate for a pair of personally-fitted ear buds for iPods. Visitors will receive a ticket upon entry, and while you do not have to be present to win, absent winners will be called and expected to return to the fair to claim their prizes.

According to officers, SHAWA grew from the former Visiting Nurse Association.

“We wanted to focus on promoting health and wellness for everyone,” said Judith Snyder, president of SHAWA. “I think it’s important for people to begin to take responsibility for their own health.” She is especially interested in using wellness techniques for treatment and disease prevention, and says alternative medicine and exercise can also benefit patients with more serious diseases.

A non-profit organization, SHAWA currently works to provide bi-monthly blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, scholarships for students, medical equipment for schools, and financial assistance for residents needing medicine or medical equipment.

In addition to the health fair, flu shots will be available for adults 18 and older. Those interested in getting a flu shot should bring a photo ID, their insurance card and a consent form that can be found online. For more information about this free event or to print a flu shot consent form, visit

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