Annual Health Fair Lets Employees “Check Up” on Themselves

Employee Health Fair

Photos and story by Will Shaw with Diann Donjon, HR Manager, OMSI-Belleville

Shrine Sacristan, Steve Schafer checks on blood sugar

The Missionary Association held its Annual Employee Health Fair on October 24, bringing Oblate employees a myriad of health and wellness opportunities. The health fair for Belleville employees (Oblate employees in San Antonio have a similar event) includes the staffs from The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, The Missionary Association, King’s House Retreat Center, and St. Henry’s Oblate Residence at the morning-long open event.

HR Manager, Diann Donjon goes over the options with Sherri Paule

Health screeners from a local hospital various health providers were on hand along with professional services like banks, credit unions and even Sam’s Club offering special discounts on banking and shopping.

Diann Donjon, Human Resources Manager for the Missionary Association and HR Coordinator for the Shrine, said the health fair is an employee benefit of the Oblates which goes back more than ten years. The whole purpose, she said, is to promote health and Wellness among the employees. “We hope the convenience of having the screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure right here in the building encourages employees to walk through and get checked. We’ve actually had employees discover things and make follow-up doctor appointments to take care of issues before they become serious,” said Ms. Donjon.

Among the many offerings at the fair were screenings for: blood sugar, cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure, flu shots, eye health, back health and free flu shots. In addition, Yoga, exercise and massage services were available along with the aforementioned banking and retail services.  Plus, “Ride Finders,” which is a service that brings together individuals wishing to share rides to and from work.

Check out the pictures below to see how employees took advantage of this free service:

Dennis Kempf gets his blood pressure checked by Memorial Hospital staffer.

Young Derek Czosnyka of King’s House knows it’s never too early to check blood sugar levels

Evelyn Belman gets an expert evaluation from the providers at the Back Pain Clinic

Calvin Barton (on left) and Michael Winters (R) swarm the “freebies” at the Helfrich Vision Eye Center table

Easily the most popular vendor: Back-to-Work on site Massages Offered by H & H Health Services. Diana Baranski (back chair) and Kori Clark (front) take full advantage.