The importance of health highlighted at business after-hours

By KIMBERLY LEWIS Mr. Thrifty Published:

"Investing in the Future" was the topic of Thursday's Carroll County Chamber of Commerce's business after-hours held at Aultman Carrollton.

The event was sponsored by Aultman Hospital, Carroll County Health Department, American Cancer Society/Carrollton Relay for Life and Stoneman Law Office.

Approximately 60 chamber members and guests learned the importance of healthy eating, exercise and weight management as they enjoyed healthy snacks catered by Ponderosa. Valentine's Day was acknowledged with chocolates and almonds.

Those visiting were also able to learn more about the services Aultman Carrollton, the Carroll County Health Department and the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life provide at their individual booths.

Wendy Gotschall of Aultman Hospital spoke about the services provided by Aultman Carrollton. While many people know the facility offers an immediate care center, it also provides outpatient lab, radiology services, physical and occupational therapy, occupational rehabilitation, sports medicine, fitness services and community room.

Melanie Campbell and Kathy Stoneman spoke on the Carrollton Relay for Life and announced it will be held June 28-29, starting at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds. This year's theme is "100 Candles for a Cure." Aultman's community room had been decorated using luminaria featuring local cancer survivors, bracelets and birthday-cake signs.

Stoneman reported her husband was participating in a Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Milton as part of the American Cancer Society's BRR For A Cure: Polar Bear Plunge. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 23. Those attending were invited to donate to the cause.

Two representatives from the American Cancer Society reminded those attending that the decisions they make today regarding their health, nutrition and fitness affect their future. Attendees were encouraged to have at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, maintain a healthy weight and eat a plant-based diet.

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