Annual Health Fair encourages healthy living

The eighth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair will be pulling out all stops to encourage healthy living for residents of all ages.

 

Posted April 19, 2013

By Lisa Kilsdonk

The eighth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair will be pulling out all stops to encourage healthy living for residents of all ages. The event, located at McGonigal Gymnasium in Baker High School, will run from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.

“Let’s Get Fit & Lean in 2013” is the theme for this year’s event.

Health Fair chairperson, Karol Zachmann, cited statistics from the 2012 Health Fair as proof of its value. “Overall, we feel that this is an important event in the community. Last year we had 45 vendors with over 749 people, including area school students, participating in the Health Fair.”

One of the main attractions for local adults is the blood draw offered at a significantly reduced rate. Those participating in the blood draw can choose to have only a CBC (complete blood count) done, which provides a baseline for their medical providers to refer to, or may add additional tests such as those that measure thyroid activity or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) which helps detect prostate cancer in men. According to Zachmann, “There were approximately 334 blood draws performed at the actual Health Fair and 304 were done early at mini Health Fairs.”

A scavenger hunt for third through sixth grade students will take place to help ensure the event is both fun and educational. “The idea of ‘Health Prevention’”, said Zachmann, “needs to start at an early age because part of healthy living is prevention and part of prevention is getting an early start!”

The remaining activities at the Health Fair are free, including a breakfast (for which a free will donation will be accepted), and entrance to the event and all displays.

      



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