SaddleBrooke Health Fair a success—over 1,000 participants

Residents learned CPR

Residents learned CPR

Phyllis Ketring

Thank you, SaddleBrooke; over 1000 people participated in the annual SaddleBrooke Health Fair in October. One exhibitor commented that SaddleBrooke should give training sessions to other organizations on operating a health fair. That kind of comment is heard routinely every year. It takes over 100 volunteers on the day of the fair to make things work smoothly. Their friendliness and responsiveness creates an organized event for exhibitors and fairgoers alike.

Flu shots and immunizations were popular with over 300 shots administered. Over 100 SaddleBrooke residents received free audiology exams from the Speech, Hearing and Language Department of the University of Arizona.

Sheftel Healthy Skin brought doctors and technicians to conduct free skin cancer screenings. It was another busy location. Every year someone learns of an issue that needs attention. While the follow-up numbers are not available, this valuable service has helped many people.

Students and professors from the University of Arizona Pharmacy Department worked hard during and after the fair as they offered blood tests, asthma screening and advice on medicine interactions.

People were lined up for posture assessments; other fairgoers learned about disability adaptive features for vehicles; some sought advice at the Ask a Doc booth sponsored by Tucson Orthopedic.

Oro Valley Hospital brought its Behavioral Unit with information on modification of living arrangements to prevent falls and diminish daily risks connected with various disease processes. Information was available on many other treatments that are available through Oro Valley’s many hospital services.

SaddleBrooke is appreciative of the many healthcare providers who bring their displays and offer free screenings for residents on this valuable day. The Health Fair makes it easier to meet local providers and to discuss your medical needs in an informal environment.