TMH Health Fair offers variety of options to Craig residents
April 20, 2013
Craig — Hundreds of Craig residents made it out to the annual Health Fair at The Memorial Hospital on Saturday for a variety of checkups.
As in past years, the largest draw for Craig residents was getting their blood tested to see if their triglycerides and other numbers were in the proper ranges. But in addition to the other health fair staples — height, weight, blood pressure and body-mass index — TMH added more education and health information options for those interested in taking advantage.
There were physical therapy screenings, emergency medical services information, a representative from victim's advocates and seminars from hospital employees, covering topics including heart attack risk and the value of getting a colonoscopy.
It was the first year of the more comprehensive set of options, TMH Chief of Organizational Excellence Jennifer Riley said.
"Some of the stuff we've done this year is the same, and the blood draw is still the biggest reason people are coming out," Riley said. "But the education and information is newer this year."
Craig resident Jerry Thompson was there to have his blood drawn and said he makes it to the health fair every year.
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"I always come to the health fair," Thompson said. "It's more convenient (than a normal visit) and the service is great. I get a blood test and PSA (prostate) test. It's worth the time it takes, and you can see if there's anything wrong that you can get on top of it early."
Joey Chadwick also frequents health fairs because she likes to see whether her health is improving or deteriorating from year to year.
"For years, I went to the 9Health Fair," Chadwick said. "I like being able to compare results to the year before, to see if you are getting better or worse. I also like it instead of going to the doctor."
Chadwick had her blood drawn and said she planned to pick up other information she thought might be interesting. She thinks health fairs are something more people should utilize.
"I try and tell people to go do this," she said. "It's a good thing for anybody."
Riley said that the turnout at the fair probably lagged a bit behind last year's but that the weather was considerably better. Overall, she said she was pleased with the event.
"Everybody I've talked to has given positive feedback," she said. "The turnout's been good, and we've had people filling out comment cards. I can't wait to go through those and see if we can accommodate some requests to make it better next year."
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.