Mesquite Gaming held its first Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, Sept. 16 in the CasaBlanca Convention Center to increase the visibility of health and wellness resources in the Mesquite community. All employees, their families and the public were welcome to attend.
Paula Farrell, Director, Benefits & Workers Compensation for Mesquite Gaming was pleased with the steady turnout, especially for a first time event. The fair achieved its goal in providing information and health care services to Mesquite residents and Mesquite Gaming employees. Farrell said, “In addition to raising public awareness, employees are busy and can’t always get to a doctor or facility to make a blood donation or get a mammogram as examples. They have to take time off from work. So we thought we’d
bring some of these services to them and the community and also educate everyone on what local services are available. Many people think that a spa treatment is a beauty luxury; they don’t think of this type of service as a health service, but it is! I learned that the same can be true for the physical therapy facilities.”
September was the time chosen for the fair because it’s the beginning of flu season. Mesquite Gaming also knows that children are going back to school. “We wanted employees and their families to know what services our benefit plans offer in preparing for the kids going back to school. We certainly want the Fair to be well received by both employees, their families’ and the public. We have had a remarkable response from the community service vendors and we hope to make it even bigger next year,” said Farrell.
Drawings were held every 15 minutes for gift baskets full of health and exercise goodies, free services and other health-related prizes. Miriam Samuels was thrilled with the basket she won which contained magazines, resistance bands, an exercise mat and other healthy gifts.
Zumba classes ran periodically throughout the day which had many of the ladies willing to jump up and participate. Farrell got away from the Mesquite Gaming booth to have some fun and really enjoyed the exhilaration she felt afterward.
The crowd was perfect for some visitors like Ray and Joanne Meyhoefer who enjoyed the fact that the visitors were coming in slow but steady. It gave everyone the chance to see what was being offered, take advantage of the services they wanted and talk to the vendors without feeling rushed or ignored and without having to wait in long lines.
It seemed as if Mesa View lab technicians were being kept busy. Teresa Stradinger, Kathy Joknight and Virginia Garcia manned the booth that drew blood samples and let you know what your blood type was. Doris Baeza, assistant director of marketing with Mesa View Hospital, was greeting visitors and answering any questions they had regarding hospital services.
Farrell was even impressed with the number of visitors who talked with the Fidelity Investment representatives. She said, “People are conscious about preparing for their future whether it be for health care or financial care; it all leads to peace of mind which contributes to overall good health.
Farrell would like to express her gratitude to all the vendors and visitors who helped to make the first annual Mesquite Gaming Health and Wellness Fair the success it was.
Organizations that participated were: Anthem, Premier Access, MES Vision, Aflac, Fidelity Investments, Mesa View Quick Care, Mesa View Physical Therapy, Life Saving Images (mammograms), Falcon Ridge Dental, Walmart Vision, Mesquite Behavioral Health, Mesquite Fitness, Reina’s Zumba, Red Cross, Walgreens, Mesquite Gaming’s food, spa and benefits departments.
Visitors were able take advantage of many health screening/maintenance procedures.
For more information on Mesquite Gaming and the events taking place visit their web site www.mesquitegaming.com .