June 17, 2018

SMSC to host Annual Free Health Fair August 5

Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (July 7, 2017) –  Next month the Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic will host its seventh annual health fair for the community. On Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Henderson Junior High, community members are invited to come and check out local health vendors, participate in free health screenings and a blood drive.

“It’s important [for the community because] they can get free health screenings,” health fair coordinator JoAnn Shipman said. “Maybe they don’t like to go to the doctor. They can come and have the basics done and just get checked out. Little simple health screenings that could detect something that they might need to seek help for. Same thing for their kiddos.”

Forty to fifty vendors are expected to participate, including health organizations, commercial businesses and state organizations. The health screenings will be for health issues such as hearing, vision, BMI, blood pressure, scoliosis and blood sugar. A dentist will even come and “take a peek” for kids and adults.

“State representative Sheffield will be there,” Shipman said. “He gives away free bicycle helmets to kids that want one.”

If interested, businesses can sign up to be vendors by contacting Shipman at SMSC.

“It’s good for the community to get together,” Shipman said. “There are so many vendors from our community that are giving up their Saturday mornings to be there and try to help people manage their diabetes or other diseases they might have.”

Additionally, the Stephenville School Supply Organization will give away school supplies throughout the event. There will also be a grand prize giveaway of a 10 inch Samsung tablet.

The Carter Blood Drive will run from about 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Walk ins are welcome. If interested in signing up, call Shipman at SMSC.

“It’s just a really wonderful event,” Shipman said. “We are so glad we are able to do it.”


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