Wellness outreach returns March 9

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Wellness outreach returns March 9Sandra Burrows?(right) of Botany’s Desire discusses some of the natural products her Balsam Street-based boutique offers to locals. Botany’s Desire is one of many local businesses that will be on hand at the upcoming Health Fair. — Photo by Laura Austin

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Screenings, information, activities and services relating to wellness will be available Saturday, March 9, during the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital’s annual Health Fair, scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center.

“RRH understands the importance of wellness and prevention and providing access to resources that help each of us toward our path of wellness,” said Tera Moorehead, RRH director of community outreach.

“The main focus of the health fair is to provide a fun, interactive and educational event where the community can come together to see what resources are in town to help each of us toward achieving our best health.”

More than 1,000 people typically visit the fair each year, taking advantage of reduced-priced screenings, competing in the popular dodgeball tournament or visiting the scores of health and fitness vendors who are on hand to present information about the variety of products and services available in the valley.

Fairgoers can get screenings — including for prostate cancer detection and ovarian cancer detection — as well as a blood-chemistry panel (testing cholesterol, iron, glucose, potassium, white and red blood cells and more) for $35 each. Appointments and fasting instructions can be made by calling 760-499-3975.

Other returning favorites include a dodgeball tournament and criss-cross collision course.

“This year we have many vendors offering different activities to engage the public — such as rock painting, jump rope competitions, cancer prevention information and activities and so much more,” said Moorehead. “We also have teamed up with the MOMS Club of Ridgecrest, who will be holding their Early Education Fair at the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

Moorehead said that one of her favorite aspects of the Health Fair is the energy and excitement that pervades the event.

“Everyone is very passionate about their services, and it’s amazing to see what all Ridgecrest has to offer and how amazing our community is,” she said.

“I love seeing families come out to take advantage of the activities and to start sharing with their family the importance of wellness and being proactive about their health.”

The annual fair is the largest outreach for RRH.

“From the fun kids’ activities to the reduced-price screenings to the variety of health and fitness vendors, there is something for everyone,” said Moorehead.

Entrance to the fair is free.

Casa Corona will serve brunch from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $5 per person.

Taste o’ the Town will cater lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Story First Published: 2019-03-01