The Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Annual Health Fair gave community members the opportunity to learn about their health, engage with interactive demonstrations and get a few freebies as well.
Lincoln County Public Health Nurse Trista Gilmore met attendees at the front doors with an opportunity to guess diseases by their description.
“They were a lot harder than people thought they were going to be,” Gilmore said. But she also noted that the older the people where who tried the game, the more diseases they knew, often because it was something they or someone they know had in the past.
Her intention was to raise awareness of how many diseases, once common, are no longer as widespread due to vaccination.
Further back in the Memorial Events Center, Nicole Kapan, a dietician at Cabinet Peaks, gave a free blood sugar screening, allowing attendees who don’t have diabetes to see if they might be at risk.
“I think a few people learned that they’re numbers were higher than they had anticipated,” she said.
Asbestos Resource Program Director Virginia Kocieda was on hand to answer questions about Libby amphibole asbestos. She had a sealed, see-through box with samples of vermiculite in its various forms, to help people understand what contamination might look like if they see it.
“We’re trying to provide information for people — if they see it — what to do, who to contact,” she said. She was also able to educate some homeowners on what they should do if they ever need to remodel and want to check if they could still have asbestos in their walls.
Kim Meadows, who recently moved to the area from Texas, said that she was surprised by how much she learned at the health fair.
“A lot of great information. I really enjoyed it today,” she said.