Annual health fair set for Saturday in Jasper

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/21/17

The Walker County Community Action Agency (WCCAA) is hosting its ninth annual health fair Saturday.

The free event will be held at the Jasper Civic Center on 19th Street in downtown Jasper from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Guests from youth to seniors …

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Annual health fair set for Saturday in Jasper

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The Walker County Community Action Agency (WCCAA) is hosting its ninth annual health fair Saturday.

The free event will be held at the Jasper Civic Center on 19th Street in downtown Jasper from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Guests from youth to seniors will be able to take advantage of a number of free screenings, including memory, HIV, Hepatitis C, mental health, youth development and vision screenings. Several informative booths will also be at the health fair to educate on dental health, mental health, eating healthy, electrical and fire safety, CPR methods, disaster readiness, medical insurance, healthy hands, vision and rehab and long-term care.

“We’ll have different information, especially for elderly people,” WCCAA Executive Director Deidre Tatum said.

There will also be a senior exercise demonstration to educate elderly guests.

Blood pressure and glucose testing will be available as well, and children will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities.

While everyone gathers healthy information and participates in screenings, live music will entertain the crowd, along with a karate demo, line dance and zumba performance.

Guests will be able to register for several door prizes that have been donated from local businesses, and parents will have an opportunity to take advantage of free youth finger printing for identification purposes. Seniors will also be able to receive information on obtaining a large screen cell phone for emergencies.

The Walker County Health Department and Bevill State Community College nursing students will be performing the majority of health screenings, Tatum said, and Hospital Discount Pharmacy will be providing supplies for glucose screenings. The Walker County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper Fire Department will also assist.

Tatum said 160 people were served during last year’s health fair. “It’s going to be fun. Bring the family,” she said.

To receive more information about the event, call (205) 221-4010.