Huge response for 2013 Health Fair

Ann Cousineau

Huge response for 2013 Health FairThe lineup for Saturday’s 2013 Health Fair has exciting new options to greet visitors and participants, with health screenings and introductions to an increasing number of preventive medical care options.

Every spring, for the convenience and enjoyment of people in the Indian Wells Valley, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital sponsors the Health Fair and brings basic health screening tests to local residents for a fraction of the cost.

As of April 11, nearly 700 people had already called to make appointments for the various screens offered.

“This event is growing fast and taking on a life of its own this year. We’ve received a huge response from locally established and new healthcare providers who are looking forward to meeting visitors and participants coming to the fair,” said Margarita Crane, outreach and occupational health manager for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

“This is going to be a great win-win event for everyone. The fair will level the playing field of preventive medicine for everyone — rich, poor, old, young, kids and teens,” Crane added.

The unusually high response from the community is in part due to the availability of the new CRP (C-Reactive Protein) test for men older than age 35 and women older than 45.

This blood test helps identify diseases that cause inflammation. So far, 300 appointments have been scheduled for people to have this valuable test. See related screenings story.

“Another exciting new part of this year’s Health Fair is the new CARE (Coronary Artery Risk Evaluation Program). Also, a pulmonologist will be avai-lable to administer pulmonary functions tests, and that is attracting a lot of participants,” said Crane.

Additionally, if parents are concerned about their child’s weight and health habits, they can have the child screened. When test results are received at home, parents can review them with their child and/or their child’s pediatrician.

Healthy, fun activities are also on the Health Fair lineup, including an early- morning walk with the Over the Hill Track Club (prizes for participants). There will be drawings for an iPad3 and a mountain bike.

Ridgecrest’s finest health care providers, massage therapists, yoga instructors and fitness experts will be on hand to help you improve your overall health and well-being.

Plenty of refreshments will be available, too, with a La Fiesta Brunch ($5) all morning.

Story First Published: 2013-04-17