Vendors galore at fairgrounds event
The Del Norte Community Health Fair offers a plethora of information on everything related to health.
The county Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health branch organizes the annual event, with the Del Norte Healthcare District being a sponsor.
Admission is free to the Saturday event at the fairgrounds.
There will be more than 30 exhibitors, including the Area 1 Agency on Aging, Del Norte American Red Cross, Denti-Cal, Prostrate Cancer Support Group, Tobacco Use Prevention Program and Taking Off Pounds Sensibly.
That’s in addition to the usual supporters: DHHS, Sutter Coast Hospital, Del Norte Community Health Center, Del Norte County Unified School District and First 5 Del Norte.
“It’s to promote a healthy community,” said Vanessa Schaub, a health clerk for Public Health. “That’s why we have exhibits on different aspects of health — from elderly health down to children.”
There will be information on nutrition, safety, first aid, physical activity and saving money on prescriptions, Schaub said.
“Anything you can think of related to health, we have information for,” she said.
Sutter Coast Hospital will be providing low-cost lab tests at the Health Fair.
Call Vanessa Schaub at 464-3191 ext. 272 to schedule lab draws. Tests available are:
• CHEM panel test for glucose, kidney function, electrolytes and liver function.
• Lipid panel test for cholesterol, triglycerides and good cholesterol.
• CBC test for anemia, infection, etc.
• PSA test for prostrate cancer screening for males only.
• TSH test for thyroid function screening.
• GLYCO test for diabetes screening.
Prices are $5 per test or $10 for prostrate screening. Anyone choosing to have the CHEM panel or a lipid panel cannot eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the test.
The “Re-Think Your Drink” campaign will have samples of the infused water featured at last Saturday’s Farmers Market along with information about the hidden costs of sugar-sweetened drinks.
Del Norte High School cheerleaders will be serving food; proceeds will support the team.
Booths will have healthy snacks, and the skating rink will open with free admission.
There will be door prizes and possibly live entertainment.
The Lost Coast Kids’ Gym will be doing demonstrations.
“You can never have enough information on the things important to you and your community,” Schaub said. “The Health Fair is a great way to deliver that in a fun way. It’s definitely not a boring time.”
IF YOU GO
• WHAT: Del Norte County Community Health Fair
• WHEN: Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• WHERE: Del Norte County Fairgrounds