Health Fair advocating a change in routine

This year’s community health fair is slated for Wednesday, April 29, at the Baker High School McGonigal Gymnasium from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Coordinators of the event are anticipating a little something for everyone again this year.

By Lori Kesinger

Basic blood draws will be taken from 6 - 11 a.m. at the Southeastern Montana Health Fair.
Basic blood draws will be taken from 6 – 11 a.m. at the Southeastern Montana Health Fair.

The tenth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair themed “Change Your Routine in 2015” will feature various screenings, demonstrations and community booths on various health topics.

Representation from 41 various organizations and vendors will be readily available addressing a full range of health-related topics from nutrition advice to dental problems as well as eye care services to preventative programs to name a few.

Screenings that will be available are quick assessments or tests to help identify individuals who may be at risk for disease or health complications. Basic blood draws will be taken from 6 – 11 a.m. for $35, additional allinclusive testing $130. Individuals planning to have their blood drawn should fast for 12 hours but may have water. Fallon Medical Complex Dietary will be serving a free will donation breakfast from 6 – 11 a.m.

Local law enforcement will be providing children’s fingerprinting and “Medication Take Back” services. Health fair attendees are encouraged to bring their expired and unused prescription medications to ensure proper disposal. Individuals with medical sharps, i.e. needles, are also encouraged to bring those in safe containers to the health fair lab for proper disposal. Second grade students will receive an introduction to the health fair through a mini workshop.

The second grade classes will receive petri dishes to culture cells, i.e. door knobs, money, sneezes. The dishes will be returned to FMC lab to be incubated, then brought back to the classes to teach students about germs. Third through sixth grade students will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and poster contest. Students participating in the scavenger hunt with the correct answers will have a chance to win a bike. This year a boy’s bike and a girl’s bike have been donated. First through third poster winners will win Baker Bucks.

Camp Scrubs, which is an introduction to the field of nursing and health care, is being offered this year to high school freshmen and sophomores from Baker, Plevna, Ekalaka, and Wibaux. The Fallon County Ambulance and Valley Med Flight helicopter will be on location for a special look inside these emergency equipped transporters. The Montana Health Network will also have a simulator on site. Beta Sigma Phi members will have a booth for the Fallon Community Fund Drive. Donations will continue to be used to help defray medical expenses for members of the community. The health fair is free except for the low-cost testing.