The annual community health fair drew more than 3,500 people to the fairgrounds last month for a day of activities, health screenings, and information. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Fiesta Foods of Yakima, Health Alliance Medical Plans, Image Point, and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Dental screenings were provided for 215 children and 350 free bike helmets were fitted and given to kids under 18, and there were fun challenges and family activities. More than 40 different agencies were on hand to answer questions and provide referrals for those who needed further health services.
Health fairs such as this emphasize the importance of early screening and monitoring of diabetes care and high blood pressure, among other things, and encourages families to learn and work together toward optimal health.