CRCIL focuses on well-being with Community Health Fair
Houston County Courier
Crockett Resource Center for Independent Living (CRCIL) will host its fourth annual Community Health Fair tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 27). The fair, which includes speakers, free screenings and free restaurant samplings, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Fellowship Church, 401 South 7th St. "We know that after tobacco, obesity is the second most serious, preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 300,000 deaths in the U.S. are due to some obesity related disease. Our community health fair will target not only obesity but diabetes, hypertension and many other health related issues as well as promote health and wellness alternatives," CRCIL Executive Director Sara Minton said. "Our organization specifically serves people with disabilities and for the past several years we have been promoting our own 'prevention' initiative. Our center offers an exercise room, ladies exercise classes and workshops on various health related topics of interest." Minton continued, "All of these activities are free to those who wish to change their sedentary lifestyles. We know that education is the name of the game; the more you know, the better your chances are to correct and maintain a healthy lifestyle. "This health fair is just an extension of our educational efforts to promote healthy living and prevent health related disabilities. Everything offered at the center is not about exercise and healthy living. For example, we have computer classes, independent living skills classes, GED tutorials, and after school tutoring. However, every service is related to independent living; health and wellness is but one very important piece of the independent living puzzle." Minton said further, "CRCIL's health fair is a way to reach out not only to our consumers but to community members and perhaps provide them with information or educational material that may help them to change their lives for the better." Several local grocers and restaurant exhibitors will showcase their healthy menus at the fair. "In the past, all of the local home health agencies have been so good to provide free screenings and this year is certainly no different," Minton said. Fair goers will be able to receive blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and oxygen stats - all free. A1C testing, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screenings and the Participants need to fast for best screening results. Snacks will be available for individuals to eat after they have had their tests. " This fair is for every community member. There is no age limit, and we are especially hopeful that individuals who do not have health insurance and are living on fixed incomes will take full advantage of this opportunity to get the free screenings at no expense to them," Minton said. There also will be vision screenings available. A local chiropractor will conduct spinal consultations and perform exercise demonstrations. Additionally, PSA tests which detect prostate cancer will be available, and free flu shots. One vendor will be demonstrate a paraffin wax treatment which is an alternative for pain relief in arthritic hands, and another will perform hand massages. Depression screenings also will be available. "Carter Blood Care will be conducting a blood drive and individuals who are planning to have the free screenings and also give blood need to have the screenings done first and then give blood because they will need to eat and drink after donating," Minton added. "Last year, to encourage healthy eating, each fair participant was given a small bag of fruit and vegetables from CRCIL's Farmer's Market booth. This was so well received that this year we will again be having the Farmer's Market." "The Community Health Fair is such a large undertaking. It takes many individuals working together to pull it off. This year, we are so fortunate to have the help of the Angelina College School of Nursing students. There are so many things that must be done and without these students, we just could not do it. A big thanks to Charlet Blades for helping us on this community project." Minton said futher, "This year when you pull into the parking lot at Good Shepherd, the first thing you will see is the Palestine Regional Medical Center (PRMC) AmBus. This is one of a very few and select emergency vehicles in the State of Texas . . . . This vehicle can go to the site of a disaster, take care of individuals who are critical, and otherwise, would probably lose their lives because they require immediate attention. It is basically a self-contained, mini ICU. "The AmBus will be there for fair participants to tour and I hope everyone will take the time to do that. I can tell you from my own personal experience, it will make you feel much more secure knowing we have that available to our residents in the event of a disaster." At 11:30 a.m., a registered nurse will speak on "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and ATV Injury Prevention". Door prizes will be given at the conclusion of the presentation. This year there will be a drawing for two 42-inch televisions and individuals must be present to win. The Community Health Fair is funded totally by Crockett Resource Center and Union Pacific Railroad.