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CBH to host Harvest of Wellness Fair

POSTED September 20, 2011 1:55 p.m.
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HOISINGTON— As fall approaches, so is the Community Harvest of Wellness Fair. Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics, along with community partners and sponsors, will offer this event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 as a way to provide important health and wellness information, raise awareness of health care resources available locally, and to offer free health screenings and low cost blood screenings.

Community Harvest of Wellness Fair runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Low cost blood draws will be offered from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. All screenings and exhibit information is free and will be offered from 7 a.m to 11 a.m.

Many participants have taken advantage of the hospital’s low-cost lab fairs offered quarterly. The fair will build on the success of its quarterly lab offerings by moving the fall offering to the Hoisington Activity Center where participants can still receive their low-cost blood work plus a wide variety of other health screenings, demonstrations, presentations and information from nearly 35 booths. The fair offering is made possible from Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics and many other area physicians, health care providers, health related businesses, not-for profit support agencies and groups, and many sponsors.

Three healthy education seminars will be presented by local doctors. Dr. Durrett will present on Breast Cancer at 8 a.m., Dr. Fan on Osteoporosis and Vitamin Deficiency at 9 a.m. and Dr. Durham on Lending a Healthy Hand at 10 a.m. Also staff from Hoisington Activity Center will offer free aerobic exercise demonstrations in the exercise room every half-hour and weight equipment demonstrations in the wellness room on the hour during the fair. A Taekwondo demonstration will also be available on the gym floor.

Free health screenings at the fair will include private clinical breast exams and digital prostate exams, blood pressure checks and hearing tests. The Hospital was a recipient of a Golden Belt Community Foundation grant with $661 granted from the Kansas Health Foundation Youth Endowment fund. The grant will sponsor an Oral Health Booth where fluoride treatments can be administered to children’s teeth to help combat tooth decay. Participants that stop by the booth will receive take-home bags with oral health supplies of toothbrushes, tooth-paste, floss and chap-stick.

Exhibits include health information about issues such as: poison prevention, smoking cessation, hospice care, organ donation, home health, safety, oral health, health insurance, pharmacist consultation, ergonomic tips, computer stretches, posture and balance, hospital services and more. Wellness Fair exhibitor participants have donated several door prizes which will be given away throughout the morning.

Barton Community College will host a book walk for children Kindergarten through 2nd grade during the Wellness Fair in the exhibit area. Barton College Criminal Justice Department along with First United Methodist Church will offer finger print ID kits for children. Health Wave, a presenting sponsor of the fair, will have eligibility specialists on-site taking applications and answering questions about free and low cost health insurance.

The Wellness Fair blood test offerings include a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile to monitor glucose, electrolytes, kidney and liver function. Complete Blood Count, a test to check for anemia, infection and many other diseases. Lipid profile to monitor cholesterol levels and triglycerides. HgA1c testing to monitor and screen for diabetes, PSA test to check for prostate cancer and TSH test to check for or monitor thyroid abnormalities. Clara Barton Hospital’s lab director, Myrtle Whitmore, reminds participants to fast at least eight hours prior to comprehensive metabolic profile or lipid profile for best results. Clara Barton Hospital’s phlebotomists will offer these low-cost lab draws during the fair with most tests costing $10. After the blood work, participants are welcome to free refreshments off of the Hospitality Cart sponsored by Clara Barton Hospital Auxiliary. All lab results are mailed to the participants who should share a copy with their primary physician. Participants can go to Clara Barton Hospital’s web-site to print off a pre-registration form to complete ahead of time and send to the hospital in an effort to stream-line registration process time.

Concessions will also be available through the morning by a Hoisington High School group. Enjoy watching Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics version of their pink glove dance while enjoying breakfast from the concessions.

Flu vaccines for all ages and pneumonia vaccines for elderly will be available. Adult flu shots cost $28, high dose flu shot for 65 years and older cost $51, pediatric flu shot is available for $37 and pneumonia vaccine for $66. All of these shots can be billed to a participant’s insurance.

Thanks to our presenting sponsors: Great Bend Tribune, Eagle Radio of Great Bend and Health Wave for partnering with the Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics to make this offering possible.

For questions, contact Clara Barton Hospital, Ashley Durham or Jane Schepmann at or 620-653-2386, ext. 1230. Details and updates regarding the wellness fair can be followed on our facebook page at:

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