Community Health Fair important for community

Mar. 14, 2013 @ 05:08 AM

We know that the headline may seem a little redundant but there is a lot of truth behind it.

On Saturday, a Community Health Fair will be held at Callison Gym in Forest City that will include blood pressure and eye screenings.

The fair also includes financial investments, self-defense and yoga.

“Basically it is just a free health fair for all the different businesses and non-profits to come in and show their thing. It gives people a chance to see what is out there that doesn’t cost anything,” Jody Wright, director of Forest City Parks and Recreation said. “We have sent information to businesses, to the schools and sent fliers out everywhere, we are expecting a big crowd.”

And a big crowd is exactly what we expect as well.

There have been countless articles and editorials that have been in the pages of The Daily Courier highlighting health issues that Rutherford County has been facing over the last few years.

Things like a Community Health Fair are exactly what we should all participate in to help make our community healthier.

Granted, a fair such as this is just a small piece of the overall health puzzle, but it is a piece nonetheless.

Health officials in Rutherford County and beyond suggest that the first step to being healthy is to be educated.

“They can gain knowledge about all of the opportunities that they have,” Wright said.

The other benefit to this weekend’s event is that, as Myra King said, the atmosphere of the Community Health Fair is somewhat different from that of going to an office to be examined or to ask questions.

“By them not having to make an appointment, they can just walk in here. You almost feel more confident when you walk in a place where there are more people there at the table and you want to find out what is going on,” King said. “People tend to be scared to go to the doctor or make an appointment or go to a financial advisor. Here they can walk in, get their blood pressure checked and get an eye screening.”

The bottom line is that we have a long way to go to climb from out of the bottom of recent health rankings.

It is a conscious choice to be and to live healthier.

And it is a choice that we should all have no problem making.

The Community Health Fair will be Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The Callison Gym is located at 217 Clay Street Forest City. Call 828-248-5220 for more information.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.