Annual health fair benefits community

   The tenth annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair held Apr. 29 was a successful event featuring screenings, demonstrations and community booths on a variety of health topics. Approximately 777 adults and students attended the health fair at McGonigal Gymnasium at Baker High School.

By Lori Kesinger  

Thirty-nine exhibiting organizations and vendors provided a wealth of information to “Change Your Routine in 2015” which was the theme of the health fair.

   The Fallon County Ambulance and Valley Med Flight helicopter were on location for a special look inside the emergency equipped transporters.

   Many attendees waited in line to have their blood drawn followed by a free will donation breakfast. The number of blood draws the day of the health fair was 318, and 317 were taken during mini health fairs prior to.

   Kindergarten through 12th grade students attended the health fair. Many of the younger students were escorted by high school students.

   “Several of the vendors were really impressed with the students,” said Karol Zachmann, SE MT Health Fair board member.

   Third through sixth grade students participated in a scavenger hunt and poster contest.

   Three students from Ekalaka and 15 Baker students attended Camp Scrubs, which was an introduction to the field of nursing and health care. Students went through eight different stations.

   Some people brought their outdated prescription drugs to the local law enforcement booth for proper disposal. This service will be continued every year.

   “We’re going to start planning for the 11th annual health fair,” Zachmann said