Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hundreds attend health fair
By SUE WATSON
The Eddie Lee Smith Community Health Fair drew crowds to get free health screenings, learn about dental and ear care and healthy foods.
The yearly event was held indoors at the Multi-Purpose Building Thursday in Holly Springs. It is coordinated by Alliance HealthCare System.
Two hundred and three participants received free cardiovascular screening, according to Linda Turner with Alliance Hospital Community Foundation of North Mississippi.
A group of 144 Holly Springs Primary School second graders were given tips on oral hygiene by Carol Ramsey Black, dental hygienist for Districts 2 and 4 with the Mississippi Department of Health. The children also were given a tour of Hospital Wings’ helicopter.
Free healthy fruits and vegetables were given out by Alliance Charitable Foundation to all who filled out a questionnaire and set some healthy living goals. Lots of adults participated in the Steps to Healthier Living survey.
Ardency Baird and Tracy Foster with Alliance served guests.
Lots of free blood glucose screenings were provided, including At Home Medical in Holly Springs. Mary Warren and Anita Gentry were served by Robert Baldridge and Jim Hawkins with At Home Medical.
There were lots of medical shoe vendors present including Diabetic Shoe Connection from Red Banks. Larry Waldrop, Corey Gadd, and Dawn, Collin and Kristen Waldrop were there with lots of shoes.
And Jamie Tidwell with UT Memphis Telemedicine, demonstrated the use of the otoscope for checking the ear canal.
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