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Final LMHS community health fair of season Saturday

By Staff | Apr 10, 2013

The public is invited to take part in Lee Memorial Health System’s final free community health fair of the season Saturday in Cape Coral.

The LMHS Parish Nurse Program partnered with Right at Home In Home Care and Assistance and the Shell Point Retirement Community to provide a series of five fairs throughout Southwest Florida when the local population swelled.

The last event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Faith Presbyterian Church, located off Coronado Parkway. The parish nurses at Faith Presbyterian and Christ Lutheran Church are sponsoring the fair.

“It gives you an opportunity to be aware of a health problem that may not be apparent,” Nancy Roberts, the parish nurse manager with LMHS, said.

The fair will feature screenings for hearing, eye sight, blood pressure, glucose and more, along with ones for memory and body mass index.

“The importance of the body mass index, combined with your blood sugar – will help you be aware of your risk of developing diabetes,” Roberts said.

She pointed out that the screenings are not tests.

For example, the vision screening does not determine if a person needs eyeglasses. It determines if the person needs to see a doctor for testing.

“These aren’t testings, they’re screenings,” Roberts said.

Depending on the results, visitors are referred for further tests.

“If they do not have a family doctor, then we give them resources in the community that they can go to for a followup,” she said.

The fair will also feature vendors from the health community, as well as provide access to plenty of health information on a variety of topics.

“There is a lot of resource material regarding their health, like trauma services, like sleep apnea,” Roberts said.

Visitors have a chance to win door prizes from the vendors.

“There are free healthy snacks available for everyone,” she added.

Advanced directives pamphlets also will be available. Attendees can simply pick up the paperwork, or someone will help them fill it out at the fair.

“It’s an opportunity to state how you would like to be cared for at the end of life and who the decision maker would be if you are unable to make decisions regarding your health care,” Roberts said.

This is the first fair in which organizers reached out to other churches to take part. St. Andrew Catholic Church, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church and Epiphany Episcopal Church put the information in their church bulletins.

“Just having it go out to the communities is good, but we wanted especially to focus on the health and wellness in our faith communities,” she said.

A larger than normal crowd is expected Saturday.

“I’ve had several phone calls from people in the community,” Roberts said.

“We have had a wonderful turnout for all of the health fairs, and we’ve been averaging a minimum of 100 to 120 people per health fair,” she added.

Fairs have been held in Sanibel, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers.

“Any time you can learn more about your health and wellness, it’s always a benefit to the individual,” Roberts said.

Faith Presbyterian Church is at 4544 Coronado Parkway in Cape Coral.