Health screenings and healthy lifestyles were the topic of conversation during Saturday’s Hendry Glades Community Health Fair, held at the Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston. Those who attended this free event had access to cooking classes, information on how to live healthier, as well as learning about what health services are available in the area and how to obtain them. There was even a Tai Chi class, a bounce house, and free food.
A variety of healthy information was available at the fair, but screenings were the top focus of most visitors. Stations were set up throughout the fair for things like free diabetes and cholesterol assessments, blood pressure monitoring, hearing, dental, and vision screening, and to learn all about healthy living habits.
“I came to get my blood sugar checked,” Robert Davies, of Clewiston said.
“My cholesterol level was normal, which is surprisingly good news,” reported LaBelle resident Scott Perry. “Now I’m headed to the free burgers!”
The Clewiston Police and their Explorers were on the scene, giving passersby a simulated DUI test complete with disorienting goggles that showed the user what even a small amount of consumption can feel like. Behind them was a twisted vehicle that had been involved in a drunk driving crash. The message was clear, drunk and distracted driving can kill.
The children’s area offered not only a bounce house and free healthy snacks, but also games like fishing for healthy food, a spin-the-wheel quiz game with prizes, and health and developmental screenings, too. Specialists and students were on hand to deliver Denver Developmental Screening Tests (DDST), a year that was devised to provide a simple method of monitoring and screening development in infants and preschool children. The test covers four functions: gross motor, language, fine motor-adaptive, and personal-social. Parents were then instructed on available services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, and so on.
If you missed this year’s community health fair, organizers want you to know that you can always dial 211 for information on what and how to obtain services in your area.