Promoting healthy lifestyle habits was the primary goal of the recent McMinnville Community Health Fair held at Three Star Mall.
The fourth annual event is organized by Isha Care, a free medical clinic located on Harrison Ferry Mountain. The clinic is an extension of the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run, international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.
According to Vinutha Atmakur, MD, internal medicine, the fair’s main purpose is to educate the public about what is available in the health community, and to promote good health.
“We encourage people to take control of their health, to exercise, get regular check-ups, take their medicines, exercise and have a healthy lifestyle,” said Atmakur.
Approximately 30 booths provided assistance and information to attendees, ranging from specific medical tests, to medical supplies, to massage therapy and yoga.
The Tennessee Vascular and Thoracic Surgical representatives stayed busy checking the flow of blood in the arteries of curious patients. They administered a vascular screening test which provides base numbers to show any possible problems that may need further testing.
Members of the Lions Club were on hand to provide vision screening, along with representatives from Walmart Vision Center addressing any vision concerns.
Jason Perry with The Haven Day Spa was giving relaxing neck and shoulder massages to all who were feeling a little stressed out, and shared information about the benefits of massage therapy. Nutritional supplements and herbal medicine options were available, as well as healthy recipes and demonstrations.
Children’s health concerns were addressed by Tennessee Pediatric and Adolescent Center, offering advice on immunizations and preventative medicine.
The younger set was also informed through Ollie Otter’s Booster Seat and Seat Belt Safety Education program, featuring a life-size costumed Ollie safety mascot. The message sent by Ollie is “Under 4’9” it’s Booster Time.” Tennessee law requires children under 4-foot-9 must ride in a booster seat.
Isha was assisted in the sponsorship of the event by Fred’s Pharmacy, Tennessee Vascular and Thoracic and Tennessee Pediatric and Adolescent Center.
Isha Foundation, founded by Sadhguru, is a human service organization that recognizes the possibility of each person to empower another - restoring global community through inspiration and individual transformation.
The word ‘Isha’ means the formless primordial source of creation
Isha USA was founded in 1998 as part of Isha Foundation. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States.