Monday, April 28, 2014

The Health Fair

Every two years, we have a health fair in Petersburg.  This is a time for people in our community to learn about the different healthy lifestyle options provided by individuals, businesses and organizations.  The Petersburg Medical Center offers a low cost blood draw that screens for a variety of things.  There are even add ons for prostate cancer, diabetes and this year, Hep C for an additional cost of only $15.00 each.

The Welcome sign at the Community Gym

Hannah greeted the community with a sign up for door prizes at the entry to the Community Gym.

Linda, Naomi and Linda passed out the results of the blood draw.  

Michelle provided information about the school garden and offered free kale seeds to visitors.

Marlene offered information about breast and testicular cancer screenings and self examinations.

Bridget had a table with information about Child Find.

The Physical Therapists from the Petersburg Medical Center provided information about PT and also had a questionnaire for people to indicate if they would be interested in attending informational classes provided by the PT department.

True North Counseling shared information about the services they provide and they also had great Kombacha samples and recipes for people.

Desi and Carrie provided information about Nuskin.

Angel provided information about health supplements for active people.

 Karen had fitness information and a list of fitness classes she does for Parks and Rec.

We are lucky to have a Parks and Rec department that goes the extra mile to support whatever healthy  activity or sport organizations in town are interested in.  In this case, the woman's roller derby team, the Ragna Rock Rollers and the indoor hockey team, Petersburg Wild Kings.  

Our Fire Department and Emergency Services are provided by volunteers.  Thank you!!!

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a necessary organization in an island community.

REACH provides services for people with developmental disabilities.  They have provided an infant learning program in Petersburg for years.  Now, in addition, REACH offers more services for people with developmental disabilities.  This table had information about the services it offers in Petersburg.

SEARHC had a table with lots and lots of good information about how to prevent tooth decay.

This table had information about organ donation and offered sign-ups for people who haven't already signed up as organ donors.

DARE is a program that helps 5th grade students understand about the negative effects of drugs.  It is taught in elementary schools throughout Alaska each year.

The SAIL program offers assistive devices for people with disabilities.  When I was a principal in Juneau, we utilized SAIL devices so students with physical disabilities could participate in field trips they wouldn't otherwise be able attend.

Child Care Assistance also had a table to help qualifying families understand and apply for financial assistance for child care services.

These are a few of the informational tables at our Health Fair.  You can see that in a healthy community, like Petersbug, it is important to have opportunities for a wide variety of proactive. healthy living options. It is amazing how many wonderful people provide time and energy to keeping our town healthy and happy.  Many of the people volunteer long hours to provide services to the people of our community.  Thank you!!!

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