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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.

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Health Fair Captions

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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