2017-09-14 / Front Page

Health fair will return Oct. 14

Event boasts more familyfriendly fun, new booths

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Health Fair is set to take place Oct. 14. The event will embrace “Uniting for Quality Health” theme this year – promoting interactive, family-friendly fun for people of all ages.

The event is set to take place 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

The Schoolcraft County Health Fair Committee has decided upon a few new offerings for the 2017 event. These include:

Teddy Bear Clinic: Children may take their favorite stuffed animals to see Dr. Kristi King and her nurse for a thorough check up. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be giving out stuffed animals and a surprise gift to all of the children who attend.

Southtown Sprint: IQ Designs staff will be organizing a one-mile course on Southtown Drive. The course will open at 9 a.m. with start times every 30 minutes. Participants may walk or run and try to beat the time they guessed they’d end with. Participants may run more than one mile if they desire during the 30-minute period. Sign up will take place on location. The run is free and people of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Outdoor Harvest and Artisan Tents: SMH is inviting vendors to set up harvest tents or art/craft displays outdoors and throughout the hospital. There is a rain plan in place if weather does not cooperate. Space is limited, so interested farmers or artists should contact Kelley Lentz at 341-3251 to register.

Fast Pass: Community members will be able to call ahead to schedule screening tests and health talks. The schedule will be available Oct. 1 and those interested may call 341-3293 or register at the Rural

Health Clinic.

Not all appointments will be available prior to the health fair, so people will still be able to walk in and register for a test if there is space available.

Some of the screens accepting pre-registration include: skin cancer checks, pulmonary function tests, bone density, peripheral artery disease, diabetic foot checks, and more.

New lab offering: This year SMH lab will be offering a new Vitamin D test for $10.

Vitamin D is an important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body.

Other $15 lab tests offered include: full lipid panel (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL – eight hour fasting recommended), thyroid stimulating horomone, and Glycohemoglobin A1C.

These tests are not part of the Fast Pass and registration is required the day of the health fair.

Mini Spa services: 6032 Cutting Crew will be providing on-site mini-manicures in the new “wellness wing” of the health fair with other alternative health and wellness vendors. Appointments will be available in advance after Oct. 1.

Diabetic Feet and Nail Checks: SMH Wound Care Specialist Brenda Barber will be assessing feet during the fair to promote preventive care at home.

Children may also participate in a “fun feet” project with this department.

Promoting Brain Health: Computer “brain games” and information about mental health services at SMH will be available with Janet Pratt, psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Health Talks: This year, there will be a variety of speakers hosting quick, 30-minute health talks. Community members may register for the seminars they wish to attend after Oct. 1 with the new “Fast Pass”.

Some of the speakers include: Randy Olli, MD (Men’s Health); Kristin Hieshetter, DC (Leptin: The Hormone You Never Heard of); Brenda Barber, FNP-BC, Wound Care Specialist (At Home First Aid: Burns, Animal Bites, Cuts/Abrasions); Savannah Rosebush (Patient Portal User Guide).

Community vendors that have registered thus far include:

Schoolcraft County CAN Council; Schoolcraft County Citizens Corps; The Mecca: Integrated Health; Dalgord Angus Cattle Ranch; Rondeau’s Rough Acres; Gift of Life Michigan; Michigan State Police; Putvin Health Mart Drug Store; North Star Oils; 6032 Cutting Crew; Northern Pet Tails Resort; Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility; Young Living Essential Oils; Great Start Growing Families Home Visiting Program; Kids Always Ride Safely; Love Lite Tree – SMH Auxiliary; Green Bay Oncology; Woodland Assisted Living; Northern Comfort Specialized Care; Schoolcraft Community Action Agency; Healing Garden; Bushido Karate; Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital departments.

Interested vendors may register until Sept. 30 for $15 by calling Sara Giles at 341-3293.

For more information and online registration, visit www.scmh.org/ community/ schoolcrafthealthfair2017/.

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