Although the target audience for October 6th’s Health Fair was towards senior citizens, it attracted people of all ages, roaming around booths for information about keeping up with their health.
Highly helpful to senior citizens, the fair was held indoors of the Live Oak community center, shielding the public from the strong heat rays of the sun. Pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and even book guides were distributed among the public ranging from topics such as stopping elder abuse to instructing widows on how the steps of making funeral arrangements properly.
Some booths were conducting check-ups for bone densities, lung functions, body fat levels, and even skin damage. Also, people who had participated in a survey were given bracelets that granted free lunch and snacks to the public.
In hopes of eliminating the susceptibility of the elderly to scams, this fair brought many organizations from the county. With visiting organizations like HerbaLife, Rose Hills, Arcadia Gardens, and Kiwanis, the fair was successful in getting information out to citizens who need such services.
Not everything present at the fair was free; however, this event was merely an opportunity for organizations to advertise their companies. Tupperware, footwear, jewelry, and spa services required payments.
Health plans are vital to an individual’s health because missing check-ups or failing to take certain screenings could affect a person’s lifestyle. Free health plan scannings were available to the public to prevent future illnesses from occurring, especially for those who were 50 years old and above.
Classes that were routinely scheduled at the community center were canceled in order to hold this health fair. However, the cancellation did not go to waste as many senior citizens and other attendees were informed of the steps to take in order to ensure safety and possibly a longer life.
This article was written by Margaret Thi. It was published in the Temple City Voice on October 24, 2007.