A health fair sponsored by Lawrence Memorial Hospital brought out a crowd of people who sampled an assortment of free health screening tests.
The hospital's ninth annual fair, which took place in the same-day surgery area of the hospital. Brenda Haack, LMH community education coordinator, said she expected close to 500 visitors to the fair.
Each person received a test result form to be completed at the various screenings, which included checks for height and weight, blood pressure, vision and glaucoma, skin and oral cancer, and foot problems.
"At the end of the fair, they go and talk to a nurse counselor," Haack said, adding that the counselor was there to explain the test results for the person, identify any potential problems, and suggest resources if necessary.
THE HIGHLIGHT of the fair for many people was the optional blood chemistry profile. For a fee, visitors could have their blood tested for 16 different elements, including cholesterol, glucose and calcium. The results will take about two weeks to process, but will provide each person with a computer readout of the blood chemistry profile. This service normally costs about $65, but was available to fair-goers for less than $20.
Haack said about 100 people from LMH, Kansas University and various community agencies volunteered to work at the health fair.
Norraine Amerine, of Perry, said she visited most screening services available at the fair.
"I REALLY LIKE it," she said. "I think it's a wonderful thing for the community. We've come every year for at least the last four, and we find something new every time. It checks things you won't normally do unless you're having problems."
Barbara Schnitker, public health nurse at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said the importance of staging a health fair was "to alert people to the services in the community so they can stay healthy."
The health fair will be repeated at Baldwin High School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 21.