Health Fair volunteers needed

Phyllis Ketring, Publicity Coordinator

Health Fair 2018 will be Saturday morning, October 13. This is one of the largest, volunteer-driven events in our community. Volunteers work 90-minute shifts, so they have time to get flu shots, see exhibitors and enjoy the fair themselves. The Health Fair relies on over 100–125 people to serve the 50+ exhibitors and over 1000 attendees.

Different volunteer teams need different skills. If you’re an early riser, the team that helps vendors set up before the fair may be the one for you. Other teams greet fairgoers, provide information and general assistance. A team distributes surveys and a group helps vendors take down exhibits and remove their supplies. Exhibitors often comment that the SaddleBrooke fair is one of the best organized events that they attend. It’s all due to volunteers.

Contact Dave Mersy at [email protected] to put your name on the volunteer list.

The University of Arizona pharmacy students will be here again. They offer free screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension. These pharmaceutical students gain important real-world experience under the supervision of their professor.

HealthySkin Dermatology, the underwriter of the fair, will conduct free skin cancer screenings. Fairgoers can also have vision and hearing evaluations.

Immunizations and vaccines include flu (standard, high dose or quadrivalent), pneumonia, pneumonia Prevnar 13® booster and others.

SaddleBrooke residents can also have official lab testing done without a prescription. If you’re monitoring your thyroid, hemoglobin A1C or prostate, visit HealthWaves for blood work at a very reasonable price. Other lab tests include complete blood count, rheumatoid arthritis and C-reactive protein. Allergy testing for inhalants and food is also offered. A complete list of these official lab tests is posted at

The popular mini-lectures will be at the Tennis Pavilion. One of this year’s lecturers will be SaddleBrooke’s newest physician, Dr. M. Khaled Dardari, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

It’s all at Health Fair 2018. Whether you choose to volunteer or just attend, your morning will be a fun learning experience.