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Community health fair held in hospital cafeteria

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Visitors await screenings and the like as part of a community health fair co-sponsored by Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club Saturday at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Visitors await screenings and the like as part of a community health fair co-sponsored by Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club Saturday at Blue Mountain Health System's Palmerton campus.
Published April 23. 2012 05:02PM

Individuals can never be too well-informed when it comes to their health.

To that end, Blue Mountain Health System and the Palmerton Lions Club co-sponsored a community health fair Saturday at the Palmerton Hospital cafeteria.

Mary Lou McGeehan, Community Education Coordinator, said she was ecstatic with the amount of people in attendance.

"It has surpassed my expectations," McGeehan said. "The people seem to be staying a lot longer."

Beth Wright, of Palmerton, said makes it a point to attend the health fair on a regular basis.

"I always just come here to get my blood pressure and cholesterol checked," Wright said. "It's important for your health; I have a good family, and I just want to be around."

Nick Hawkey, membership chairperson, Palmerton Lions Club, said over 125 people had attended the event one hour before its conclusion.

"It seems we get a lot of people out here that miss on getting themselves checked out," Hawkey said. "There are a lot of good people here who volunteered to give their services for nothing."

Jill Kuzo, an Identification Program Manager for the Lehigh Valley Community Resource Center, said the Child ID Service ensures that every child can be properly identified.

This year's screenings also included cholesterol, glucose, Bps, Gait Analysis/Falls, EKGs (by appointment), Scoliosis, Asthma, Obesity, Depression/Anxiety, Pulmonary Function and Oxygen Saturation Testing. Also offered were Personal Emergency Alert Demonstrations, and Chair Massages courtesy of The Therapy Option.

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