The colon is not something we like to think about unless we have to.
The Redwood Area Hospital is bringing attention to this vital organ during colon cancer month by bringing a 30 foot long inflatable colon to the community for a health fair March 26 from 2 -7 p.m.
The event is going to be held at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls.
Health fair visitors can walk through the inflatable colon to learn about different colon diseases and the importance of colorectal screenings. The hospital’s same day surgery staff is going to be available in the colon for questions, and the hospital’s visiting gastroenterologist Dr. Charles Ulrich, of ACMC in Willmar, is scheduled to speak about colon health at 5 p.m.
“I’ve read that a person is more likely to care for an organ if they are familiar with it and understand it’s importance,” said Katherine Bro-zek, Redwood Area Hospital communications manager. “We are thrilled to have this fun opportunity to educate our community with an inflatable colon because colon cancer is one of the most common, yet preventable cancers.”
Visitors to the community health fair can learn tips and tools to improve their health through engaging demonstrations, health screenings and booth activities lead by hospital staff.
Healthy food and snacks are going to be available for purchase during the event.
“Whether you are 18 years old or 80 years old, we have something at the health fair that you can learn about your own health,” said Wendy Dahl, Redwood Area Hos-pital education manager. “All of our services areas, from physical therapy to hospice, are bringing their resources together for this event.”