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[MARCH 30, 2005]  The 20th annual Community Health Fair will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District's Indoor Sports Center. The theme is "Good Health: One Step at a Time." This year's edition of the fair will have a different look while focusing on what's hot in safety, health and fitness.

Admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend.

More than 70 organizations will have displays or offer health screenings. Guests at the fair will learn new and innovative approaches to wellness. Many new safety exhibits will be a part of this year's fair. Included in an outdoor display will be a helicopter from the Air Evac Lifeteam.

Health screenings are always popular at the fair. More than a dozen screenings will be offered: blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes, body fat analysis, bone density, child developmental, cholesterol, derma scan, diabetic retinopathy eye, hearing, height, hemoglobin, pulmonary function, vision and weight. All screenings except the hemoglobin ($1) and the cholesterol ($5) will be free of charge.

The American Red Cross will conduct a blood bank from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the Community Health Fair Your gift of blood can help save someone's life, so please make plans to give at the Red Cross blood bank. First-time donors are welcome. No experience needed!

Coming attractions

Also making a return visit is the child identification program. The Lincoln Police Department is bringing this popular program to the fair. Parents will have the opportunity to have their children fingerprinted at no charge. Pictures will also be taken. Both forms of identification have been very beneficial to the police in locating missing children. Parents are urged to take advantage of this program starting at 9 a.m.

Smokey Bear from the Forestry Department of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be on hand throughout the day promoting safety.

Saturday's entertainment

At 9 a.m. Dan Dugan will be demonstrating yoshukai karate with his spirited group of students. Dugan has been teaching this ancient art throughout central Illinois for over 26 years.

The Lincoln Park District tumblers will perform beginning at 10 a.m. Lauren Perring is the instructor, offering a review of her last class of graduates. These talented young girls are a delight to many.

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At 11 a.m. Ronald McDonald is sure to captivate both children and adults with his magical performance. Representing McDonald's restaurants, Ronald is a talented performer who has touched the hearts of kids for many years with fun and laughter.

At noon Vickie Loafman from Logan County Animal Control will stop by with a friend or two. It is well-documented that pets have a positive effect on our mental and physical health. Vickie will be explaining the many opportunities available to adopt a pet.

Following Vickie's lead will be the Logan County's Sheriff's Department drug search dog. Handled by Deputy Bob Spickard, this highly trained canine will demonstrate how these dogs are able to successfully conduct their searches. On-location presentations will be conducted.

Concluding the day's entertainment, the Lincoln tae kwon do group will take center stage at 1 p.m. Led by Scott Brown, this high-energy performance is always a popular segment and sure to entertain all ages.

Closing credits

Nutritious foods, prepared by Lincolnland Catering, will be available for purchase at the fair throughout the day.

The Community Health Fair is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Park District and the Logan County Health Department.

Questions about the health fair should be directed to Marcia Greenslate at the Lincoln Park District, (217) 732-8770, or Marcia Dowling at the Logan County Health Department, (217) 735-2317.

[News release from the Lincoln Park District and Logan County Health Department]

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