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Inspiring health education

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

Nurses provided free blood pressure and blood sugar screens at the event hosted by Montross’ Mary Washington Regional Cancer Center.

Dr. Arnan Sisson demonstrated several ways to prevent injuries when falling at the Montross Health and Wellness Festival.

After almost a year since its grand re-opening, Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center not only strives to offer the best quality care for its patients but inspires the community to live life to its fullest—and healthiest.

On Saturday, July 15, the center welcomed all sorts of health and wellness professionals to greet and educate members of the community on the large spectrum of services offered across the Northern Neck.

“We’re here to celebrate the success of opening the Montross Cancer Center for over a year now,” Whit Yelverton, Mary Washington Healthcare’s Regional Cancer Center Corporate Director, said. “The partnership has been so rewarding for us, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of patients and it has been way beyond our projections . . . We know we’ve done a good thing coming back to the Northern Neck.”

Montross-native and Riverside Home Health Physical Therapist Dr. Arnan Sisson explained that Riverside’s goal was to educate the community by providing screens on blood pressure, blood sugar and balance. Sisson especially enjoyed the balance screens, which he also provided to people of all ages who thought they could handle his challenge.

“I think most of those folks came in thinking they had weakness or balance issues, but were surprised when they performed much worse than expected,” Sisson said. “Many of those people will ask what they could do to get a better score and have better balance, and I will try to educate them on strength and wellness programs such as walking and yoga, which I have discussed in my columns for the Westmoreland News. My goal has always been to help my neighbors and friends in the community to get back to enjoying life again. I have seen way too many people that couldn’t do that because of their aches and pains, and I hope the column is a form of empowerment to all of those people.”

Read more of this story in the July 19 issue of the Westmoreland News.