2019 Health Fair expands

Gold Ranch first responders at the 2018 Health Fair.

Gold Ranch first responders at the 2018 Health Fair.

Phyllis Ketring, publicity coordinator

Health Fair 2019 will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Health Fair is one of the largest, volunteer-driven events in our community.

The fair has become so popular that the planning committee has had to turn away nearly 30 exhibitors each year. Therefore this year, the fair will be expanding to facilitate more exhibitors. This expansion will require additional volunteers, so contact Volunteer Coordinator Dave Mersy at [email protected] to serve.

This year, the entire immunization unit brought to you by Walgreens and HealthWaves will be in the MountainView Clubhouse classrooms. As in the past, immunization shots and boosters for the flu and pneumonia. HealthWaves will also provide official lab testing. If you’re monitoring your thyroid, hemoglobin A1C or prostate, be sure to visit HealthWaves. They will also offer comprehensive blood counts, blood work for rheumatoid arthritis and C-reactive proteins as well as provide allergy tests. No prescription is needed for these tests.

The popular mini-lectures given by local physicians will be held at MountainView, which will allow for more exhibitors at SaddleBrooke One.

The University of Arizona pharmacy students also will be at SaddleBrooke One in their usual location. They will offer free screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension. The students gain important real-world experience under the supervision of their professor.

HealthySkin Dermatology, this year’s underwriter, will conduct free skin cancer screenings at SaddleBrooke One. Every year, someone undoubtedly discovers a suspicious spot or growth that requires timely follow up with their own dermatologists.

We will face the challenges of expansion to make the Health Fair not only bigger, but better. Shuttles will run between the two locations every ten minutes. It’s all at Health Fair 2019. Whether you choose to volunteer or just attend, your morning will be a fun, learning experience.