Ninth annual health fair draws a crowd

The ninth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair held April 30 was a successful event for the community. Approximately 772 adults and students attended the health fair at the Baker High School McGonigal Gymnasium.

 

 

Posted May 9, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

The ninth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair held April 30 was a successful event for the community. Approximately 772 adults and students attended the health fair at the Baker High School McGonigal Gymnasium. Karol Zachmann, SE MT Health Fair board member, said, “It’s such a nice location and the custodial staff and administration is really good to work with.”

Forty-three exhibiting organizations and vendors provided a wealth of information to “start a healthy routine in 2014” which was the theme of the health fair. Unfortunately the Spirit Lifeline helicopter was not on site due to a critical call out. Vendors and organizations were very satisfied with the results of the health fair and many of them enjoyed the children in attendance.

First through twelfth grade students attended and the PALS program was very successful in helping the younger children. Third through sixth grade students participated in a scavenger hunt and poster contest. Caleb Rost won the bike donated by Blue Rock Distributing for participating in the scavenger hunt.

Many attendees waited in line to have their blood drawn followed by a free will donation breakfast before going to work. The total number of blood draws at 317 was up from last year.

Several people brought their outdated prescription drugs to the Baker Police Department booth for proper disposal at the incinerator in Great Falls.

The health fair next year will be the tenth annual event in Baker. “Our committee will meet and plan for a bigger and better health fair next year,” said Zachmann.