Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, May 1, 2000

WOW van wows fans

By Andrea Vargo

The new 35-foot Wellness on Wheels (WOW) van had its fans making noises like the Fourth of July.

The ooohs and aaahs were standard, as residents made their way through the motor coach.

The van made its first appearance at Gerry's Super Valu in Howard Lake Wednesday for an official ribbon untying ceremony with Howard Lake Mayor Gerry Smith and Wright County Commissioner Dick Mattson.

Howard Lake is one of 15 Wright County towns on the WOW schedule every month.

This public health service is the only one like it in Minnesota.

Some of the services provided are: adult and child immunizations; health screening for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, pregnancy, health and wellness; child car seat checks; information about healthy lifestyle - exercise, nutrition; recommendations for routine medical care; safety in the home, personal safety (all ages), and child car seat use; childbirth, parenting; child health, growth and development; and many others.

Information on resources and assistance in accessing services is also available.

According to Wright County Public Health Nurse Jan Bjore, it may the only one of its kind in the nation that provides these same types of services on a regular basis.

The WOW program provided services to more than 12,000 people since 1995.

Local donations of more than $20,000, as well as grant and foundation funds for the new coach, will allow the WOW program to include health screening services.

The Waverly Lions and Howard Lake American Legion Post 145 were among those who donated to the fund for the new van.

The focus of WOW is on health promotion and community outreach, said Bjore.

The next visit to Howard Lake will be Wednesday, May 24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call 1-800-362-3667, ext. 7717.

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