Thursday, May 6, 2010
Annual health fair May 13
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Eddie L. Smith Community Health Fair in Holly Springs. As in recent years, this year’s event will be held in the Multi-Purpose Building on Memphis Street. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.
The event is designed to promote healthy living habits and provide preventive care tips that can lead to a healthier and happier life, and is part of the ongoing effort to inform, educate and empower our community to adapt healthier lifestyle behaviors.
The theme of this anniversary year’s fair is “Making Health Fun” and there will be many activities to inspire and entertain. Underscoring the theme will be the message that good health does not mean hard work. Rather, it means you can have more fun through an active lifestyle and good nutrition.
With jobs and healthcare weighing heavily on most people’s minds today, it has never been more important for people to really start understanding and owning their health. All ages are welcome and encouraged to bring their loved ones so that they can start taking action to live a long and high quality life.
In addition to offering basic health screenings, attendees will be provided important information that addresses today’s most critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, colon cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and more. Representatives from dozens of health-related organizations will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of health issues ranging from prescription drugs to diabetes to diet and exercise.
Data from the most recent health indicators survey of Marshall County ranks our county as the least healthy county in the state.
Among the activities will be a bicycle safety education and demonstration area, inside “tour” of an ambulance, and a close-up view of a medical transportation and evacuation helicopter. Door prizes, which will be awarded at various times during the fair, will include a bicycle for an adult and a children’s bicycle. WURC radio station will be broadcasting live from the floor of the event. For lunch, attendees will be provided a low-fat, high-protein turkey hot dog and a beverage. Fruit roll-ups and popcorn will also be provided.
Each year the health fair has grown in attendance and in the variety of activities and information available, and this year’s event is expected to draw several hundred participants.
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