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Potomac ABC Hosts First Health Fair
By Lisa Myaing
The Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store (ABC) recently hosted its first health fair.
Nurses and interns from Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md., conducted free on-site health screenings, including cardio risk, health age, and osteoporosis. There was a two hour, free vegetarian cooking demonstration; free massages; more than a dozen vendors offered food sampling and product demonstrations; a local exercise program illustrated how to get fit; and ABC staff demonstrated how to grow your own sprouts, how to juice carrots, and how to prepare your own fruit smoothies and popsicles.
There were also activities for the kids, including a free moon bounce, a make-your-own-gorpy (or trail mix) station, and an opportunity to join ABC’s Birthday Club; 61 new members signed up.
Health fair visitors included first-time customers who were thrilled to learn of a store in their area offering health-focused lifestyle alternatives. One new customer, a local doctor, spent most of the day in the store. He talked with numerous staff members about the health philosophies of the church and ended up leaving with over a dozen books, among them Ellen White’s Counsel on Diets and Foods.
One ABC staff member overhead two customers leaving the store. The first observed, “You know, this store always has something going on—book signings, kids events, or something.” The second customer responded, “Well you know, this isn’t just a store, this is a ministry.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.