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JCHC health fair returns Saturday

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Apr 03, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo A helicopter is scheduled to appear during Jefferson County Health Center’s health fair Saturday. The helicopter will be there from 10-11 a.m., weather permitting.

The Jefferson County Health Center will host its annual health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

This event typically draws hundreds of people to the health center to not only to see but also to partake in various health-related activities. The event is free and includes 80 vendors and booths.

Among the booths and demonstrations offered Saturday are:

• Hand washing station. JCHC community relations manager Wanda Bagby explained that a powder is applied to a person’s hand, and then they’re asked to wash their hands as well as they can at a sink. Using a black light, the person is shown the remaining residue left by the powder. It gives people a sense of how thoroughly they’re washing their hands, and how many germs they’re leaving behind.

• Finger casting. JCHC staff will put participants’ fingers into a cast as if they were broken to show what a cast feels like.

• Train rides. JCHC’s train will run outside throughout the health center’s campus.

• Bicycle helmet safety class “Splat.” Class in the ambulatory care unit.

• Live breathing lung to show what smoking does to lungs. Staff will show how a lung inflates and deflates, and have a diseased lung on display.

• Duck pond. Fun activity for little children in which they pick a duck from a pool and win a prize.

• Jaws of Life demonstration. The Jaws of Life will be in the northwest corner of the campus. Fairfield Fire Department will cut up a few vehicles to demonstrate their use.

• Free blood pressure, blood sugar and balance testing in the physical therapy department.

• Back assessments, pilates and cataract tests in the professional clinic. Bagby said those who get their eyes tested will receive a gift.

• How to make healthy snacks, in the cafe. Different vendors will talk about the health effects of fruits and vegetables.

• Weight loss tips.

• Drunk goggles and drunk driving simulation. Participants will don the goggles and then try to walk in a straight line and play catch with a ball. Bagby said it’s a good way to teach young people about how drugs and alcohol impair their perception.

• Helicopter from Iowa City between 10-11 a.m.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Wendy Smith | Apr 05, 2018 11:08

Looks like it will be a great way to support healthy lifestyle choices; thanks for hosting it!

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