Healthy crowd expected at annual health fair



STEPHENVILLE (August 5, 2016) – The Community Health Fair was organized with a single mission – providing health-related information and resources to the community at no cost.

The annual event will be held at Henderson Junior High School 9 a.m.- 12 noon Saturday, August 13.

Sponsored by Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic, this year’s health fair is expected welcome about 50 vendors, which will provide health screenings and distribute information on healthy living and local programs and resources, according to organizer Joann Shipman.

While the health fair is held just prior to the start of the new school year, Shipman said it’s a community-wide program that offers something for individuals of all ages.

“There will be vision, dental and hearing screenings, as well as prostate specific antigen screenings for men,” Shipman said, adding representatives of Stephenville Sports Rehab will perform a scoliosis assessment.

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A representative of the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging, which serves individuals who are 60 years old and older and their caregivers, will also be at the event. The agency has an established network of health and social services available to senior citizens and issues affecting those individuals.

Meanwhile local agencies like the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Stephenville Fire Department and Stephenville Senior Citizens Center will be on hand to provide information on programs and services available to local residents and tips to keep family members of all ages safe.

Shipman said State Representative J.D. Sheffield is also expected to attend and distribute free helmets to area children in effort to increase safety and awareness of the dangers of riding bicycles, skateboards, hover boards and similar vehicles without proper protection.

Representatives of the WIC program will provide information on the nutrition assistance program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children, while medical professionals offer expertise on living with diabetes, maintaining healthy weight and a favorable body mass index (BMI).

“We also expect the hospital to provide car seat safety checks and a visit from an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter,” Shipman said.

Organizers expect a larger turnout than previous years as this year’s health fair serves as the distribution location for the Stephenville School Supplies Project, which provides free school supplies to prequalified Stephenville ISD students in need.

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