Headlined by a Biggest Loser and a Walk-Through Colon, Third Annual LaborCare Health and Benefits Fair Encourages Union Me

--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- LaborCare Health and Benefits Fair:

Background: Free event for families that features engaging activities and information that helps attendees learn about and embrace lifestyle choices that will help them live healthier and more satisfying lives.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

What there is to see: Fun and engaging activities for all ages. These include:

  • A walk-through replica of a human colon – An inflatable larger-than-life colon features smooth, healthy tissue, ulcerative colitis, polyps and various stages of colorectal cancer.
  • Interactive human body parts – Provided by the Science Museum of Minnesota, this exhibit explores what makes us human and what keeps us alive, including physiology, genetics and cell biology.
  • Germ Cities – This activity demonstrates good hand washing through the use of pretend germs and black light technology.
  • Youth obstacle course
  • Interactive baseball and basketball games

Who there is to hear: A number of celebrities, sports figures and medical professionals will present topics designed to provide motivation, education and celebration for healthy living.

  • Biggest Loser contestant Jesse Atkins, will speak about his health and lifestyle before, during and after The Biggest Loser show. The St. Paul resident participated in the 2010 season of the NBC show.
  • Former Minnesota Twins players and current broadcasters Roy Smalley, Ron Coomer, Tim Laudner and Anthony LaPanta will give a preview of the Twins 2011 season.
  • In addition, attendees can attend sessions on a range of more than 25 health topics.

What else there is to do: 115 booths will be set up, offering health screenings and information on such things as blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, joint health and sleeping disorders. There will even be an ask-a-doc booth where specific health questions can be addressed.

Why do it: Union workers may be some of the most difficult populations to reach with messages and activities designed to improve health. The LaborCare Health & Benefits Fair does this in a fun and engaging way that has shown positive results. In past years, for example, more than 20 percent of the people who had diabetes screenings were found to have significantly abnormal results. Many others went immediately from a lung function screening to the smoking cessation booth.

More information: http://www.lchealthfair.com/

The LaborCare Health and Benefits Fair is a collaborative effort of Medica and nine Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds, including Minnesota Laborers Health and Welfare Fund, Twin City Pipe Trades Welfare Fund, Minnesota and North Dakota Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers Health Fund, Minnesota Cement Masons Health and Welfare Fund, Minneapolis Auto Dealers Benefits Fund, St. Paul Auto Dealers and District Lodge No. 77 I.A.M.A.W. Joint Fund, Beverage Drivers Health and Welfare Fund, Rochester Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 6 Health and Welfare Fund, and International Association of Machinists District No. 77 I.A.M.A.W Welfare Association.


Greg Bury, 612-810-4556 (mobile)

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