By SHANNON WATKINS
LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski will be the site of the third annual Pulaski Community Health Fair on Friday, May 10, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the hospital campus.
“It’s community-wide,” said Marsha Myers, director of oncology at LewisGale, who is the contact person for the event. Myers said that the event is open to and aimed at all, noting that while seniors have been a strong presence at the last two fairs, “We’re not trying to target the seniors.”
The event will include a Zumbathon onstage, followed by an hourly demonstration by the YMCA to showcase various programs it offers. There will also be balloon animals, face painting and inflatables for kids along with bike safety information and child safety seat inspection by the Pulaski Police Department and a fire truck onsite for children to explore.
Food will be available for purchase, and the fair will have a live remote with WPSK.
Health-related activities at the fair will include free blood pressure readings, blood screening for CBC, lipids and glucose, bone density testing, cardiac rehab information, nutrition information, diabetes education and prevention, emergency services, smoking cessation, advanced directives/living wills and others.
When asked if she felt Pulaski County in particular is known for the kind of health issues that would benefit from the fair, Myers said, “It definitely is. We do see out patient population with smoking and obesity, we fall into a national trend with that.” The fair, she said, is “here in our community to help them get healthy and get active.”
Myers says the average number of fairgoers from the last two years is about 300. “We’re pretty pleased,” she said. “Really, it is just letting people know about what’s in their backyard here about healthy living and what resources are available to the community to help them with healthy living.”
The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Marsha Myers at (540) 994-8547.