ST. LOUIS – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 not only maintains a skilled workforce, but a healthy one as well, including its retirees. That was evident at the annual IBEW Local 1 health fair on Oct. 6, 2018 at its union hall at 5850 Elizabeth.
“Educating our active and retired members about wellness issues is an important part of the great health and welfare benefits we offer,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1. “Everybody benefits when they can make better decisions about their health.”
Nearly 1,000 IBEW members and their families attend the day-long festive event. It offered wellness screenings, flu shots, hearing checkups, mammogram screenings and memory screenings along with massage therapy. There was also information on health insurance, health-related legal matters and managing healthcare costs.
Service providers included Achieve Wellness; Al-Anon; American Heart Association; Center for Hearing/Speech; Cigna; Delta Dental; Express Scripts; H & H Associates; Memory Care; Mercy Managed Behavior Health; NCADA; Schucat, Cook & Werner; St. Louis Children’s Hospital Safety; St. Luke’s Hospital; Scarborough Alliance; The Hartford; and VSP.
Enlivening the event was A Zoo for You petting zoo, costumed performers to educate children on health issues, face painting, balloon art and a free lunch. In addition, the Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis FC had information booths. Both organizations partner with the Electrical Connection, a partnership of IBEW and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).