[MARCH 28, 2006]
Good health is no joke, no foolin'. This year's
edition of the Community Health Fair will be focusing on what's hot
in safety, health and fitness.
The fair is Saturday from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District's Indoor Sports
Center. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend.
than 70 organizations will have displays or offer health screenings.
Guests at the fair will learn new and innovative approaches to
Health screenings are always popular at the fair, and more than a
dozen kinds will be offered. There will be screenings of blood
pressure, blood sugar and diabetes, body mass index, bone density,
child development, cholesterol, hearing, hemoglobin, pulse oximetry
and child vision. All screenings will be free of charge except the
hemoglobin test, for $1, and cholesterol, for $5.
Cooking demos at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. by the dietary
department of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will feature
low-fat, low-cholesterol Mediterranean skillet dishes.
The American Red Cross will conduct a blood
bank from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with the 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
Making a return visit is a 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
the program, starting at 9 a.m.
Smokey Bear, of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Forestry Department, will be on hand throughout the day promoting
At 9 a.m. Dan Dugan will demonstrate Yoshukai karate with his
spirited group of students. He has been teaching this ancient art
throughout central Illinois for over 26 years.
Beginning at 10 a.m. the LinPro square dancers will demonstrate
their agility and rhythmic dance steps. This talented group of
people meets regularly at the park district, and new members are
At 11 a.m. and again at 12:30, Robert Spickard will exhibit the
skills of the Logan County drug dog. The deputy will demonstrate how
these dogs are able to successfully conduct their searches. Spickard
will be available for questions as well.
At noon Julie Parker from Logan County Animal Control will stop
by with a friend or two. It is well-documented that pets have a
positive effect on people's mental and physical health. Parker will
explain the many opportunities available to adopt a pet.
Concluding the day's entertainment at 1 p.m., the Lincoln Tae
Kwon Do will take center stage. Led by Scott Brown, this high-energy
performance is always a popular segment and sure to entertain all
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.