WHEELING – WVU Medicine wants its relationship with the Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend to be deep and strong.
So when the organization partnered with race organizers to be the weekend’s presenting sponsor, they decided to add a new facet to the weekend, while remaining dedicated to the overall mission of promoting health and well-being.
WVU Medicine will host a health expo on May 28-29 at WesBanco Arena to coincide with races in the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic this Saturday and the Tough As Nails Urban Challenge presented by the Health Plan this Sunday.
Saturday show hours will run from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Karin Janiszewski, director of corporate communications and public relations for WVU Medicine, said the main purpose of the exhibit was to raise awareness of what WVU Medicine Wheeling and Reynolds Memorial hospitals offer.
“The talent that we have, the incredible doctors, physiotherapists and nutritionists, these people are great at what they do,” she says. “This is an opportunity for everyone in the Ohio Valley attending this event to see this.”
Outside of the WesBanco Arena, WVU Medicine will again provide what Wheeling Hospital has provided for years during race weekend – massage tables and post-race assessments for anyone who needs them. Inside the arena, WVU Medicine will have representatives from Nutrition Services, Women’s Services, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, and the Heart and Vascular Institute.
When WVU Medicine decided months ago to be part of Wellness Weekend and race organizers pitched the idea for a health expo, Janiszewski said the organization such an event was obvious.
It’s not just for runners and urban warriors who will be racing the weekend’s events, she added. Those in downtown Wheeling to cheer on these participants may also benefit from a look around the free exhibit.
“If you have someone who says, ‘I’m not running there, but my daughter is, but maybe I need to be a little healthier,’ we have people who can talk about this health and maybe help them get started” said Janiszewski.
Perry Nardo, managing director of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, thanked WVU Medicine not only for its commitment to the Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend with the Health Expo, but also for its commitment to the general health and well-being of Ohio Valley residents.
“We are thrilled to have WVU Medicine join us this year with the Health Expo. This event will allow those who run or walk on the weekend to have access to several on-site health professionals who will answer their questions and offer expert advice on health and wellness. Nard said.
“We’re also excited for the opportunity the WVU Medicine Health Expo provides for people who aren’t quite ready to attend one of the wellness weekend events. These people – whether they are the parent or spouse of a participant or simply a member of the community wishing to improve their health – will be able to come to the city center during the weekend, enjoy the atmosphere and chat with professionals. of WVU Medicine on how to live a healthy life. It’s just one more part of the Ogden Newspapers Wellness Weekend’s mission to promote health and wellness in our region.
And that’s a mission, Janiszewski said, that WVU Medicine wants to join at the forefront.
“This is a premier event in the Ohio Valley and we want to be a part of it,” she says. “We want to be part of the wellness journey. This is WVU’s mission. We treat the unhealthy and want you to be healthy. What better way to get involved?