By Anne Eickstadt

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Daily RepublicanRep. Joe Sosnowski laughs with guests in the cafeteria at Belvidere North High School during breakfast.


The Boone County Council on Aging presented their 16th annual Healthy Living Expo at Belvidere North High School on Tuesday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme this year was 50s/60s/70s TV comedies. Booths featured photo ops and costumed attendants from I Love Lucy, Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, The Honeymooners, My Favorite Martian, and more.

Admission was free and Rep. Joe Sosnowski provided a free hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, muffins, and coffee.

“We’ve been at this event every year,” he said. “We wanted to do something extra special this year to thank the seniors for everything they have done over the years. I really enjoy reaching out to the seniors in the community. They are a vital part of the community. They have done so much.”

Over 50 vendors set up at the expo to talk to seniors, their families, and members of the community. The Lions Club brought their vision screening and hearing test buses to do free vision and hearing tests. Doctors of Hearing Healthcare also offered a hearing screening. Others offered free glucose, and cholesterol (OSF-St. Anthony) and blood pressure screenings (SwedishAmerican, OSF-St. Anthony, and Boone County Health Dept.). The UIC College of Pharmacy offered a medication list review and a vaccination screening. Home health care agencies and retirement homes were on hand as was the Rock Valley College, Cremation Society of Illinois, and services such as RAMP, the Alzheimer’s Association, insurance companies, Northern Illinois National Alliance on Mental Illness, and specialty healthcare services.

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