How’s your health? Come find out!

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Health Fair is March 11

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

How’s your health? Come find out!Ridgecrest Regional Hospital will once again bring together local wellness resources on Saturday, March 11, for the annual Community Health Fair, scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center.

As many as 2,000 are expected to turn out for the event.

“One of our main goals is to bring families out, help them find ways of staying active and make healthy lifestyles the norm,” said Tera Moorehead, director of outreach at RRH.

Among the most popular draws are the reduced-price screenings for cancer and blood chemistry panels.

“Being proactive about health is not only better for us, but it’s less expensive in the long run,” said Moorehead.

“One of the great things about the Health Fair is that you can see all the wellness-related resources we have, not just at our hospital, but within our community.”

Those include representatives of local clinics and physicians in fields ranging from mental health to pediatrics to hospice to dentistry.

“I think a lot of people are surprised at what we have here.”

For those looking for holistic solutions in preventing illness, fitness consultants and health food experts will be on hand.

“One thing I’m excited about this year are the Tower Gardens,” said Moorehead. “These are basically enclosed containers that allow you to grow your own vegetables.”

Running in conjunction with the fair this year is a community-wide Dodgeball Tournament. Outside of the conference center, fair-goers can participate in activities such as Jacob’s Ladder and a Cross-Fit obstacle course.

“Being active is such an important part of wellness,” said Moorehead. “When you are exercising, eating healthy and getting your blood checked regularly, you’re helping prevent a lot of damage to your body.”

She noted that many times, the screenings offered through the Health Fair are the first notice individuals receive about a health concern.

“Sometimes, when you find out about a problem early, you can make the necessary changes that keep you from needing the most drastic form of treatment.”

Casa Corona will be serving a brunch buffet from 7-10 a.m., for $5 per person. Roaming Dog Kitchen will be selling lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To make an appointment for a screening, call 760-499-3901.

Pictured: Vickie (right) and Autumn Peach visit one of the information booths at a previous Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Health Fair. -- Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2017-03-03