Employee Health Fair draws big crowd

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Mar 24, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell A total of 42 vendors from the local community participated in the annual Employee Health Fair on Thursday at the Waynesville Parks & Recreation Department.

Many town employees from Canton, Waynesville, Clyde and Maggie Valley left the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday with their hands full of brochures and their pockets filled with souvenirs from the annual Employee Health Fair.

A total of 42 vendors participated in the fair this year, which has been held at the recreation department for the past five years.

“The goal is to bring health vendors in with the employees to let them know what’s available in the community — not only for themselves but for their families,” said Margaret Langston, Waynesville's human resources director.

Rhett Langston, the director of the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, said he appreciated all the community support for the fair this year.

“This is outstanding for our employees,” Langston said. “Some of them look forward to this every year, and it’s just an outstanding community effort."

A new vendor at the fair this year was Mountaineer Complete Care — a new retail business that sells home health care. The business has been in operation since December.

Owner Stephanie Sutton said her store, which is located in the Lakeside Plaza in Clyde near Food Lion, specializes in medical equipment for the home, and sells a variety of products such as wheelchairs, walkers, lift chairs and bathroom safety supplies.

“It’s a true retail store,” Sutton said. “Most people would have to go through a medical company, but we have a 2,500-square-foot show room. That’s what sets us apart.”

Another vendor station at the health fair was selling MOVbands — accelerometer bracelets that monitor a person’s daily movement and converts it into miles.

The MOVbands are a part of the new Health & Wellness Program presented by the Town of Waynesville. Starting April 1, participants in the program will begin tracking their participation in wellness activities and will document their progress on an activity log each day.

The MOVband includes a wide USB device, which can be plugged into any computer and will use an installed software to keep track of each person’s progress.

At the end of each quarter, a period consisting of several months, the activity logs will be submitted to the human resources department and each person will receive points for their participation. As an incentive, gift cards worth up to $75 will be handed out each quarter to participants who reach a certain number of points.

The MOVbands cost $14 to purchase, and so far, nearly 130 have been sold, Langston said.

“This is for long-term better health, and so the employees will actually take advantage of the free recreation center,” she said. “Our goal is to have healthier employees.”


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