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Dozens of residents on Saturday packed the inside of the Columbus Wellness Center with the intent to freshen up their mind, body and soul.

The latest edition of Columbus Community Hospital’s 15th annual Tune-Up for Life Community Health Fair didn’t disappoint, giving attendees the chance to learn more about how to manage their physical, mental and financial health by visiting with a variety of vendors and medical professionals on hand.

“We think of ourselves as pieces of a puzzle,” said Danielle Frewing, director of Occupational Health Services and coordinator of the health fair. “We’re promoting the mission of the hospital – to promote health and wellness to the communities we serve.

“In addition to that, we just want to give people an opportunity to come here, learn more about their health, to participate in wellness screenings, take that information back to their doctor and then from there develop a care plan that is best for them. We just want people to continue to live their best lives and how can we help support that through the use of the Tune-Up for Life event.”

There were a variety of free screenings available, including for blood pressure, vision, hearing, bone-mineral density and flexibility. Bryan Health also had a bus outside of the facility where cardiac screenings were offered.

Variety was also evident when it came to vendors. Nebraska State Patrol was putting residents through its distracted driving simulator, while University of Nebraska-Lincoln representatives were educating folks about ATV awareness, among other things.

Other vendors included Tooley Drug, Weight Watchers, Center for Survivors, Family First Dental, Hy-Vee, Walmart, Pathfinder Wealth Advisors and the Columbus Farmers Market, showcasing the fair was meant to run the whole gamut in terms of wellness.

“It’s not just exercise and eating. Many things affect health,” Frewing said.

Another vendor on site was The Broken Mug, the local coffee shop at 2200 28th Ave. Its owner, Mandy Tuls, was highlighting some of the healthier options, like green tea, and specialty coffee drinks her business offers.

“It’s a good cause to be part of,” she said, noting it was her first time participating.

Attendees were undoubtedly excited and appreciative to take it all in.

“The booths are very helpful; the people were very helpful with their answers. I’ve learned a lot today already and I’ve only been halfway through,” said Columbus resident Nancy Schmitt, who said she goes to the Wellness Center multiple times a week and the health fair seemed like an extension of that. “There is free testing going on and that’s always good.”

The hospital also had numerous members of its medical staff on hand representing numerous departments, including Dr. Richard Cimpl of Columbus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. He said he was encouraged by his interactions with attendees.

“They’re asking very good questions. In general, I think people want to be informed,” he said, noting he was talking with people about preventative medicine when it comes to the orthopedic side of it. “This is a nice event; there’s great representation of a lot of different agencies and health care providers in the Columbus area. It’s nice to see it well-attended.”

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at

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