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Health Fair Provides Benefits to Polk County Citizens

BY MELANIE BUCK –

Mena Regional Health System held their 6th Annual Health Fair this past Saturday much to the delight, and benefit, of Polk County citizens.

Many businesses of various enterprise set up booths at the health fair to educate citizens on various ways to keep healthy and fit. Tables were covered with charts, brochures, and examples of how things such as smoking can deteriorate health so quickly. One booth educated folks on the benefits of a living will and had legal paperwork to help people to get theirs started. In addition to the booths, hamburgers were sold outside and a bouncy house was set up for children and face painting and balloon animals were also available.

Free health screenings, performed by MRHS staff, were given to visitors of the health fair. Screenings for heart attack risk, PSA, thyroid, and glucose were performed, as well as, EKGs.

Some vendors gave demonstrations on the health benefits of their products such as a ‘biomat’ and massage therapy. Car seat safety checks were performed and the Mena Police Department made personal ID cards for kids.

MRHS CEO Tim Bowen expressed how well the fair benefits the community by saying, “The 6th Annual MRHS Health Fair proved to be a huge success.  We had a record number of exhibitors that provided a wealth of information and education promoting Health and Wellness in our community. Visitors enjoyed a day of free and low cost screenings, family fun, food and numerous door prizes provided by the vendors and local businesses.  We would like to thank our contributors, exhibitors and the community for your continued support and look forward to offer an even larger event in the upcoming year.”

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