Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Senior Expo Health Fair Will Be October 11 at Fauquier Hospital

At the 2013 Senior Expo, an exercise physiologist from the Wellness Center leads a class in chair-based yoga.

Lots of free screenings will be available at the Senior Expo.

Fauquier Hospital’s Senior Expo, slated for Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will provide an opportunity for those 55 and older to take advantage of free health screenings and get expert advice from health professionals.

Urologists Dr. Brian DeCastro and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will team up at 9:30 a.m. to discuss bladder, prostate and kidney cancer, hematuria (blood in the urine), urinary incontinence and overactive bladder. They will go over the signs and symptoms, along with treatment options.

Health screenings will be offered in the Conference Center on the first floor of the hospital and are free. These will include: blood glucose; hypertension; bone density; height and weight checks; balance assessment; flexibility assessment; cholesterol, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA).

Community experts will be at the Expo to offer advice on: safety; stroke prevention; Medicaid and Medicare; Social Security; technology; community resources and senior services; caregiving; support groups, and osteoporosis. The Sheriff's Department will address privacy concerns, fraud and reverse mortgage issues for seniors. A pharmacist will be on hand to consult with visitors about medications and their interactivity. Those who bring their medications with them will be able to get a personal evaluation of their situation.

The Bistro on the Hill restaurant will be open during and after the event, and the Bistro’s chef, James Wedderburn, will offer healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the morning.

Fitness demonstrations highlighting Zumba, tai chi and yoga will be presented in the Bistro, courtesy of the FauquierHealth Wellness Center, which will also offer chair massages outside the Sycamore Room.

Anyone who pre-registers will be entered into a drawing for great prizes — including

an iPad Air. Register by calling 540-316-3588 or go to

Fauquier Hospital Hosts Sharps Collection October 11

Many people have medical conditions such as diabetes or allergies that require self-injections or blood testing at home. A free service of Fauquier Health, the community sharps disposal program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and waste management and landfill staff.

Fauquier Health will hold a Sharps Collection Day on Saturday, October 11. Residents may drive by the Medical Office Building on Hospital Hill between 9 a.m. and 12 noon to dispose of sharps.

To help make this day a success, please remember:

  •  Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can penetrate.
  • No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.
  • No medications will be collected at this event.

Dr. Kristin Williams Will Speak on Stroke, TIA

Dr. Kristin Williams, neurologist

Fauquier Health will host a lecture on Stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) by neurologist Kristin Williams, M.D., of Fauquier Health Neurology. The presentation will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, October 8, in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the number-one cause of long-term disability in the U.S. During this presentation, Dr. Williams will explain the difference between a TIA and stroke, and the signs and symptoms of both. In addition, she will discuss the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options available and how to determine if someone is having a stroke or a TIA.

Dr. Williams explains the intricacies of these serious medical conditions in laymen’s terms and uses clear visuals during her lectures. She will take questions from the audience before closing.

a TIA or stroke.

Registration for Dr. Williams’ talk can be arranged by calling 540-316-3588 or by visiting

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jr. Chef Program Inspires Young Cooks

Chef James Wedderburn loves working with young chefs.

Garrett Hart works with cupcake batter.

Garret Hart and Zachary Gillison fill cupcake tins with batter.

Making a crab and chicken quesadilla.

Jeffrey Villatoro assembles a crab and chicken quesadilla.

The Junior Chefs picked fresh vegetables from the Bistro's organic garden.

Cupcakes, fresh from the oven.

Tomatos on the vine in the Bistro's organic garden.

Shannon Hodul samples her quesadilla.

Zachary Gillison decorates his cupcakes.
Fauquier Health's Jr. Chef program teaches students aged 10-18 how to cook healthy meals. The group, instructed by Bistro on the Hill executive chef James Wedderburn, meets once a month.  Classes are kept small so that the kids get lots of one-on-one attention.

Call 540-316-3588 or go to if you have questions or to register. The next class will be Saturday, October 18. The cost for the three-hour class is $45.