Don’t miss the county health fair

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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As you mark your calendars for the many activities taking place this spring, make plans to attend the Wise County Health Fair 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Decatur Civic Center.

The health fair is sponsored by United Way and is promoting a healthier Wise County through community awareness and education.

One of the key features will be the family fun run/walk beginning at 10:30 a.m. There is no charge for participation. The fair will also include several free health screenings such as blood pressure checks, carotid artery checks, fitness assessments, nutritional eye testing, hearing tests, blood glucose checks and lower arterial duplex evaluations.

Professionals will also administer scans for peripheral vascular diseases, renal stenosis scans, scans of varicose veins, heart rate evaluations, and hemoglobin A1C tests.

A new feature at this year’s fair is the Comfort Zone. If a screening reveals a health concern, counseling will be available in the Comfort Zone to help you find a physician or medical home.

Several popular activities are returning, including the drunk driving simulator. Texas LifeStar helicopter, and face-painting. Participants will also be able to take part in Plant Pals offered by Wise County 4-H, and the Carter Blood Care unit returns.

The Moncrief Cancer Center mammography mobile unit will be on site to provide fully-funded mammograms, too. Pre-registration is required. Call 1-800-405-7739.

Entry forms for booth space are available on the United Way website at www.wisecountyunitedway.org/healthforum.html. You may also call the Extension office at 940-627-3341 for additional information.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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