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Published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on July 5, 2000. All rights reserved.
Between the Lines: Health Fair
Some people came to get a free massage, some hoped to
win a door prize. Others sought to hear the panel of plastic surgeons
talk about the latest in liposuction, or the ophthalmologist discuss
the newest vision-correcting eye surgery. Other people had their spines
analyzed, their fat levels measured, and their blood pressure taken.
It was all part of the U.S. 1 Health Fair 2000 held last Tuesday,
June 27, at the Holiday Inn on Route 1 (see page 45 of this issue
for photographs of the event).
Visitors left with canvas bags stuffed with information, some with
door prizes. One woman — Ivy Cohen, the new coordinator for the
American Heart Association Walk in Mercer County — was especially
lucky. She had accidentally smashed her drugstore sunglasses on Tuesday
morning, and on Tuesday afternoon she won a deluxe pair of shades
as a door prize.
Another fellow took back to his boss an idea for an unusual employee
benefit, to subsidize chair massages for perennially poor postured
programmers. Let the programmer pay half, he says, and the boss would
pay half. Just put up sign up sheets for 15-minute appointments, and
in one afternoon there would be a lot of happy programmers.
The medical panels were very successful. The one on plastic surgery
had four doctors from three practices, each giving a 10-minute riff
on a different aspect — cosmetic facial surgery, body contouring,
breast surgery, and non-invasive treatment. It was a new experience
for these doctors to tell their stories without using pictures, but
they did well.
Regarding realistic expectations, they agreed, the goal is improvement,
not perfection. And generally speaking, most cosmetic surgery has
a price in terms of soreness and recovery time as well as in dollars.
The audience knew its stuff: "Those doctors were wonderful speakers,"
one woman declared. "I am a nurse who works with an anesthetist,
and we assist in these surgeries — so I should know."
But at least one person definitely did not get what he came for, a
man with very thick glasses who attended the eye surgery lecture.
He found he was not a good candidate for this vision-changing method
and was most disappointed about that.
The eye surgeon, Stephen Felton MD, made the observation that cataract
surgery was approved by the FDA 50 years ago, and that 50 years from
now we may look back on LASIK to be just as routine and welcomed as
cataract surgery is now. And though logic may suggest that it’s a
good idea to have LASIK on one eye at a time, almost everyone wants
both eyes taken care of at once.
We’ve done computer and high tech fairs for almost 10 years now, but
this was U.S. 1 Newspaper’s first Health Fair. What surprised us was
how well everyone got along: MDs, PhDs, LCSWs, CMTs, and people with
no degrees whatsoever. As several people noted, in this brave new
world of managed health care, more people are deciding to take a role
in the management and they are considering a wide spectrum of health
Our next Technology Fair will be held in conjunction with the Princeton
Chamber Expo on Thursday, August 31, at the Doral Forrestal. Stay
healthy and we hope to see you there.
At the U.S. 1 Health Fair 2000 on June 27 at the
Holiday Inn, ophthalmologist Stephen Felton
lectures on LASIK surgery.
Chiropractor Michael Lio analyzes Nancy Cook’s
Jeannine Garrison of Health Choices Massage School
has a mission.
Ken Mulaney and Joann Dorival of The Spa at Doral
Robert Simone of The Gabrielsen Group
Annie Grimaldi DC of Plainsboro Chiropractic.
Maggie Keegan of Health Choices Massage School.
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