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June 5, 2014

Free screenings offered at health fair

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

With so many recent changes in health care, many people take risky gambles with their health by not having regular screenings for various illnesses.

That’s something the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, Inc. wants to help with — and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Williamsburg Convention Center, that’s just what will be happening.

Charles Lester, Whitley County coordinator for the Community Action Agency, explained there will be a free Health & Community Resource Fair — the first of its kind for the agency.

“We thought there would be a need there in the community and see what those needs are — and what we can do to help,” he said.

Lester said this has been in the planning stages for about two or three months.

“(This is) for anyone in the community,” he said, adding that invitation goes beyond Whitley County’s borders.

“We hope to offer people some opportunities to get free screenings and health checks,” Lester said. “People don’t always go (to the doctor) when they need to because of cost.”

However, he said at this fair, everything is free. “There are basic screenings, such as blood pressure checks and glucose checks,” Lester said.

He said they sought a “broad spectrum” of participants throughout the health care community for people to “have different options to look at.”

“We hope to have as many (participants) as we can,” Lester said. “We’re hoping for a large crowd.”

Screenings and information will be provided by the following groups/agencies:

— Jellico Community Hospital

— Whitley County Health Department

— Walmart Vision Center

— Whitley County Extension

— Christopher Chiropractic

— KY Prescription Assistance Program

— KYNECT

— Day Spring Family Health Center

— Horizon Adult Health Care

— WellCare of Kentucky

— American Cancer Society

— Hear Better Hearing Aids

— Williamsburg City Police Department

— Office of the Blind

— Williamsburg Fire Department

There will be coupons available for a free hearing screening, nutrition and skin care, body mass index, oxygen level checks, vision screenings, pulse and heart rate checks, and more.

Door prizes will also be part of the Health & Community Resource Fair. Those include a signed picture of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari, a $100 gas card, and many more.

Lester said they wanted to make the event something to help the community and to be fun in the process.

The fair begins 9 a.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. at the Williamsburg Convention Center. For more information contact Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency at (606) 549-3933.

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