Shorewood kicks off healthy Memorial Day weekend

2014-05-24T11:05:00Z 2014-05-24T22:45:05Z Shorewood kicks off healthy Memorial Day weekendBy Bob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

UNION TOWNSHIP | Karen Marando was impressed after taking a close-up look Saturday morning at the medical helicopter that landed near the Shorewood Forest clubhouse.

"Awesome," she said with a qualifier. "I hope I don't have to use it."

Karen and Joe Marando were among those taking part in the community's first health fair hosted in conjunction with St. Mary Medical Center.

The event, held at the clubhouse, offered various screenings, including blood pressure, bone density and body fat.

Joe Marando said he received a relaxing massage, while his wife visited the various offerings.

"She likes all the freebies," he said.

Community volunteer Betsy Kirby said she helped coordinate the event to raise awareness about various health issues for the community's 900 residents and their guests.

"How nice to have it in our community," she said.

Lisa Kiger, who serves as director of business development at St. Mary Medical Center and is a new resident of Shorewood Forest, said the health fair is part of a wider grassroots effort to reach people.

"It's important to educate people and it's much easier in a casual environment," she said.

A chef was set to conduct a healthy cooking session to be followed by a yoga demonstration.

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