Wellness choices on display


By Sue Cody


RiversZen YogaImagine learning about yoga, a float tank, reflexology, massage therapy, acupuncture, resistance stretching, healthy food choices and financial health all in one place, with no obligation. The opportunity is here with a free Astoria Wellness Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at RiversZen Yoga studio, 399 31st St.


Multiple organizations are coming together to offer the public an introduction to wellness at the studio overlooking the Columbia River. Free yoga classes will be held at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Isa Haverlan will offer chair massages, with proceeds donated to Bikes for Kids.


Venus Fromwiller, health education specialist at Columbia Memorial Hospital, has offered health fairs for businesses in the past.


“We wanted to do something that wasn’t specifically for employees of a business, but open to everyone,” said Constance Waisanen, one of the organizers.


“We invited complementary healers to expose people to alternative healing along with standard medicine. The focus is on prevention and healing.” Waisanen said.


Linda Moreland and Waisanen worked with Thrivent Financial and RiversZen Yoga owners Peggy and David Stevens to invite other health care givers to participate in the four-hour Wellness Fair, along with Fromwiller.


Participants include:

• RiversZen Yoga + Ki-Hara Studio

• Prana Wellness Center

• Waves of Change

• Allow Your Body to Heal

• Columbia Memorial Hospital

• Thrivent Financial

• North Coast Food Web

• Heart Health


CMH Screening


Fromwiller and Columbia Memorial Hospital will offer a $25 screening for:

• Blood pressure

• Height/weight

• Waist circumference

• Body fat

• Body mass index

• Blood sugar


“A lot of people don’t have a primary care provider or see a doctor very often,” Fromwiller said.

The organizers decided to offer simple screens that aren’t too invasive.


The intent of the screening is to offer a thumbnail look at people’s health, offer advice and perhaps spur people to take action to improve their health, Fromwiller said. The screening is cheaper than a doctor’s visit and the information can offer general guidelines about what is considered healthy, she said.


Fromwiller often talks to people for 20 or 30 minutes during the screening to help people access the services they need.


To make an appointment for the screening, call Venus Fromwiller at 503-338-4520 or email venus_fromwiller@columbiamemorial.org.


“This is the first time we have done this,” said Peggy Stevens. “We don’t know if we will get half a dozen people, or dozens of people.”