By Shannon Johnson
“Be a Well Oiled Machine in 2019” is the theme of this year’s 14th Annual Southeastern Montana Health Fair. Everyone is welcome to come to the Baker High School McGonigal Gymnasium on Wednesday, April 24 and join in on a morning of education filled fun.
The blood draw will start off at 6 a.m. and run until 11 a.m. The Health Fair Screen includes a complete blood count, a TSH (thyroid) screen, and a chemistry screen for only $55. Additional tests can be added as well. The cost of the package for all of the blood tests is $175 for men and $145 for women. A bone density test will also be available for $20. If you plan on getting your blood drawn, you’ll need to fast from everything besides water for 12 hours prior, but you won’t need to worry about having to check out the Health Fair on an empty stomach, because a free will breakfast is also set to begin at 6 a.m. These will both run until 11 a.m., so there’s no need to rush! If you’re curious how much your blood sugar went up after breakfast, blood sugar and blood pressure tests will also be offered.
The Friends of FMC Foundation will be holding a fundraiser lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but exhibits run from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. so there will be plenty check out in between breakfast and lunch. Local law enforcement will be there to educate families on stranger danger and what methods they can use to ensure that their kids stay safe. The Richland County Health Department will be educating people on cancer and asthma. Baker’s ambulance will be on scene teaching people about emergency medicine. The Montana Health Network will be around as well to provide healthcare education for children, teens, and adults. The Fallon County Health Department will also be there to talk about heart health.
Some other exhibits will include the Baker CowBelles, Dr. James Campbell, Friends of FMC, Products of the Prairie, the Fallon/Carter County Extension, the Eye Clinic of North Dakota, FMC Occupational Therapy, the Hearing Aid Institute, LIFT, Red Cross, Youth Dynamics, and Rise Fitness. Beta Sigma Phi will be doing another fundraiser for the community fund again this year as well.
Start the warm season off right by making sure you’re in good health, all the while being able to socialize, and have a meal or two. The Health Fair is also a great place to bring in your outdated prescriptions and sharps that are in a container for FMC to properly dispose of, as well as your old eyeglasses for the Baker Lions Club!