Staying healthy and safe

HANCOCK – For the sixth straight year kids, families and adults can get a taste of what Portage Health has to offer at the annual free Health and Safety Fair Saturday at the main campus in Hancock. With giveaways, massages, free screenings and more, the Health and Safety Fair has something for everyone.

“This is a community-wide health fair for all ages,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health.

Beginning at 10 a.m., attendees can experience many services offered at Portage Health as well as partake in clinics meant to increase safety in different situations. Free screenings including total cholesterol, blood glucose, hemoglobin, bone density, hearing, heart rate, pulse ox-imetry, spirometry, body fat percentage and vision will once again be offered.

“Those screenings are very popular for adults – we get many in the door just because they want those free screenings,” Luskin said.

There will also be a car seat clinic, an obstacle course meant for children and adults and professional bike helmet fittings, with a special giveaway of 100 youth bike helmets. While the helmets tend to go quickly, Luskin said, there is still plenty for youth and adults to explore during the fair.

“The smokehouse is brand new and we’re really excited about that,” Luskin said. “It’s not just for youth, it’s something that’s meant for all ages. It shows how to get out of a burning building if you are ever put in that situation.”

There are also special activities for kids and families. New this year is the “teddy bear boo boo clinic.” Children are invited to bring a stuffed animal from home and the orthopedic team at Portage Health will fix it up.

“The orthopedic team will be demonstrating how to put on a cast or splint on these stuffed animals,” Luskin said. “The point is that if kids ever have a broken bone and need to come in for that, they won’t be so scared because they have an idea of what it entails and what that process is.”

With an extra focus on the youth attendees this year’s fair will also feature an outdoor tent dedicated to youth activities. Portage Health is partnering with different local organizations that offer activities and programs for area youth to showcase community resources all in one area.

This year’s fair runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no registration required. For more information visit portagehealth.org/fair.

“It’s important for Portage Health to give back to the community,” Luskin said. “This health fair also gives us the opportunity to showcase the different things we offer in a nonthreatening environment. Instead of people needing to come in they can just come in and check it out on their own free will so it’s not so intimidating. Then when they do need to come in for something maybe they’ll feel more comfortable.”