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January 12, 2012

VISD Community Education to hold annual health fair

VIDOR — As the day for Vidor ISD Community Education’s annual health fair nears, more and more local entities are jumping on the bandwagon, offering their free services and information on how to live a healthier life in 2012.

The yearly event, which actually kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday, with a 5K run/walk and a 9:30 a.m. kids’ run, will formally begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, inside Vidor Middle School, 2500 Highway 12, in the school cafetorium, gym, and surrounding areas. The event ends at 1 p.m.

One of the highlights of the fair is the free screenings, which enable those without insurance to have some valuable tests done, obtain numbers to let them know how their health stacks up, and then receive recommendations about what their next steps should be.

Vidor Health and Rehabilitation Center will offer blood sugar screenings, which seem to be something that many people in Southeast Texas should have. After one recent Vidor health fair, over 65 percent of those tested proved to be above the normal range for healthy blood sugar, which can be an indication of diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Those having the blood sugar test are urged to fast for best results, since food eaten is immediately absorbed into the body through the skin inside the mouth, causing numbers to be skewed in tests.

Another popular test is cholesterol, for which participants are also urged to fast. Christus St. Elizabeth will be on hand to test cholesterol, with the result being the total cholesterol number.

Vision tests will be given by District S-21 Lions Vision Screening Team. The test covers the basic vision requirements, and those being tested have to be at least 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in public school. Those needing glasses may be able to get them on site from the Lions.

Hearing tests will also be administered, and Dr. Ken Arola of Arola Chiropractic Clinic will be on hand to screen spines and discuss possible back problems. Vidor High School Certified Nurses’ Aide students will take blood pressure readings.

In addition to this spate of free screenings, there will be a large number of booths offering information and free materials and handouts.

Included in this year’s booths are Angels Above Us, Heartbeats of Hope, Community Health Choice, Vidor High School ACE Loving Hands Health Club, United HealthCare, Orange County Emergency Management, Orange County Emergency Services District #1, Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas Total Care, and Buckner’s Children and Family Services.

Also on hand will be Garth house, Advanced Pediatric Care, the Area Agency on Agin, Golden Triangle NeuroCare, Blood and Plasma Research, Community Bank of Texas, UTMB, and Maximus, which just opened a new office in Beaumont.

Also having booths are Christus St. Elizabeth’s Women’s Service Breast Health Navigation Program, Narcotics Anonymous, Vidor Health and Rehabilitation, Jordan Health Services, Vidor Police Department, St. Elizabeth’s cardiac team, St. E Occupational Medicine, and Beaumont Health and Wellness.

Others are Stable Spirit, Curves, Child Abuse and Forensic Services, Consolidated Health Care, DentaQuest, and massage therapist Fara Zelgowski. Christus Healthy Living Day Spa will have an esthetician and a massage therapist there, in addition to giving out free samples.

Door prizes will be called every few minutes, as well. There will be tables filled with information from entities across the state who are unable to send volunteers. Included are such topics as cancer, headaches, neuropathy, healthy eating, teeth, and much, much more. Visitors to the fair will also be able to peruse a display outlining the fats and sugars found in various foods, which always comes as a surprise.

Lifeshare Blood Center will be on hand to take the gift of life from those who take time to donate blood between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the Magnolia Pickers will have a display of photos of the history of Vidor. In the gym there will be a children’s fair, with Vidor Farmer’s agent Mike Jones doing fingerprinting of children, an obstacle course, games, activities, the fire department, face painting and crafts.

Children will be monitored and kept safe in the fair while parents or grandparents visit the adult fair. They will also be taught some health basics and learn how to eat healthy and take care of themselves, while having a great time. Acadian Ambulance will be on hand with their ambulance, so that children and families can learn about the many things that are in the ambulance to help get them safely to the hospital if needed.

The fair is not limited to Vidor residents and indeed, normally includes attendees from more than twenty towns in the area. Those choosing to enter the 5K run may run or walk. They can register online at www.vidorisd.org by watching the scrolling screens on the homepage. When the 5K run screen appears, patrons should click that screen to find the registration form. Registration on race day is permitted. The cost at the run will be $20. The run begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Registration can be done in advance or on site, and the first 50 children will receive T-shirts sponsored by Casa Ole. For further information, patrons may call VISD Community Education at 409-951-8700.

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