The third-annual Community Health Fair will be April 11 at Lavender Crest Winery in Colona. The event will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.
The Community Health Fair is being organized by Gary Bennett, community education coordinator for Hammond-Henry Hospital, and members of Helping Hands, Geneseo’s diabetic group.
The idea of hosting a Community Health Fair was introduced two years ago at a meeting with Bennett and the Helping Hands program committee.
“The purpose of the fair is to help the community understand their risk for many diseases and what diagnostic services are available and the purpose of each procedure,” said Bennett. “It is important for each individual to understand why they are having a specific test or screening performed.”
The health fair presentation schedule will include:
• 5:30 p.m. — Dr. Vijay Rajendran will discuss “Exercise and the Heart.”
• 6 p.m. — Dr. Mark Stewart will discuss “Orthopedic Injuries in the Recreational Athlete from Kids to College and Beyond.”
In addition to the speakers, vendors will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.
Medical personnel from Hammond-Henry Hospital and the Henry and Stark County Health Departments will attend and conduct free health care screenings.
Vendors and screenings will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Appetizers will be served from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
“I’m hoping people will develop a better understanding of the various medical procedures available and have a better knowledge of what’s going on in their bodies,” Bennett said. “Sometimes people think problems are associated with old age when later they may find out that the problem is medically correctable. I want everyone to walk away with a better understanding of health promotion and disease prevention. We want to improve the health of Henry County.”