By: Megan Morketter
Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Physicians partnered with the St. Louis Rams to host the second annual Wellness Zone at Rams Park on February 9, promoting the importance of physical activity in maintaining good health and preventing major diseases.
The event began with a row of information booths at which attendees could interact with health experts in various specialties before Elite Football coaches led the participants through a series of football-themed workout stations that each emphasized a different type of physical activity.
Participants had the opportunity to experience a video game controlled by brain waves at the neurology and neurosurgery table and examined what excess fat deposits look like inside the body at the heart and vascular table. Other health topics highlighted at booths included trauma, orthopedics and transplant.
Mark E. Halstead, MD, Washington University orthopedic specialist and team physician for the Rams, spoke to the value of the Wellness Zone as a platform for informing St. Louis citizens about the benefits Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Physicians offer the area.
“I think it helps educate the community about some of the opportunities we have to help with health care issues,” said Dr. Halstead, “in particular, in the realm of sports with concussions and other sports injuries.”
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Friendly competitions were held at the latter two stations to encourage participation and the winners received Rams prizes ranging from 2014 game tickets and VIP Draft Day Party invitations to autographed jerseys and footballs.
As attendees exited the field at the conclusion of the event, they were provided with gift bags that included healthy snacks and Gatorade to replenish nutrients after the extended physical activity.
Andrew M. Kates, MD, Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and one of three experts to address the crowd, recognized the advantage of teaming up with the Rams to host this event.
“It’s a great way for people to have the chance to experience what it feels like to work out in the same place as the Rams, and for them to learn more about the importance of exercise, which is critical to cardiovascular health,” said Dr. Kates.