22ND ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR
Residents in the Bloom-Vernon community recently were invited to attend the 22nd Annual Bloom-Vernon Community Health Fair.
According to Rodney Barnett, event coordinator, 45 health related agencies and organizations and four local hospitals, Southern Ohio Medical Center, King’s Daughters, Holzer and Adena participated. Incidentally, this marks the 22nd year in which S.O.M.C. was involved and Adena was welcomed for the first time.
Attendees were able to receive invaluable tests/screens such as E.K.G.’s, blood pressure, cholesterol, bone densities, blood sugars, etc. The high school Key Club also conducted a local blood drive during this event.
Special acknowledgements are extended to the guest speakers. Several classes were the beneficiaries of presenters discussing such topics as abuse, prescription drug abuse, tobacco, etc.. Several Bloom-Vernon Elementary students were given demonstrations and were able to ask questions to staff members from both ABLE and LIFE Ambulance services. Students and staff appreciated the interaction from these dedicated squad members.
Also, for the first time, members of the “Energy Team” under the guidance of Mrs. Erin Howe, used most of the junior high gymnasium to display E3Smart Energy projects and provided information on how to conserve energy. This appeared to be both informative and appreciated.
Area Over 55 Club members were served lunch as a token of appreciation and the school also provided the 115 “exhibitors” with a catered lunch.
A special thanks is extended to the following for their Health Fair participation:
ABLE Medical Transport
Advantage Home Care and Skilled Care
Alternative Nursing and Home Care
American Red Cross
Area Agency on Aging
Autism Project of Southern Ohio
Board of Developmental Disabilities
Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Collins Career Center
Community Choice Home Care
Crystal Care and Care Companies of Ohio
Early Head Start
GRADS, Scioto County Career Center
Hallmark Home Health Care
Heartland of Jackson
Help Me Grow
LIFE Ambulance Service
Infinity Home Health Care
Interim Health Care
Leading Respiratory and Medical Equipment
Loved Ones Support Group and Garrett Maloney Memorial Foundation
Scioto County Health Department
Scioto County Sheriff’s Department
Senior Center, U.S.S.D.A.
Shawnee Mental Health
Shawnee State University (Health Programs)
South Webster Fire and Rescue
Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center
State Highway Patrol
Task Force on Domestic Violence
University of Rio Grande
Also, three athletic trainers were present to assist athletes and coaches.
Finally, plans are already being made for next year’s event, which is always the third Wednesday in April.
If interested in obtaining additional information or participating please call 778-0001.