County Health Fair to celebrate 25th anniversary
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[February 26, 2010]
County Community Health Fair is celebrating its 25th anniversary
this year. Through screenings, programs and the participation of
health and social service organizations at the local, state and
regional level, the Community Health Fair continues to promote and
educate area residents on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This
year's Logan County Community Health Fair will be on March 27 from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Sports Complex. All
activities, programs and collections will be on-site unless
The Community Health Fair will offer the public
numerous health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol,
bone density and oral cancer screenings, and body mass indexes.
Testing of well water, child fingerprinting, cooking demonstrations
and a blood bank sponsored by the Central Illinois Community Blood
Center will also be offered. Additionally, the health fair will
again offer residents the opportunity to recycle a variety of items
in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner.
Bank of Lincoln will sponsor a confidential on-site paper shredding
program at this year's Community Health Fair. The shredding program
will offer residents the opportunity to have items such as financial
records, old tax returns and other sensitive household records
shredded and destroyed in a secure and confidential manner. Proper
disposal of these sensitive items may prevent individuals from
becoming the victim of identity theft. The paper shredding will be
offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the front parking lot of
Lincoln Community High School.
A glass recycling collection will again be available in the front
parking lot of the Lincoln Community High School from 9 a.m. to
noon. Only container glass will be accepted, meaning it originally
contained either a food or beverage product. Participants will need
to remove all plastic and metal caps and rings from the container.
All colors of glass are accepted and do not have to be sorted. The
glass recycling program does not accept ceramics, dishware, light
bulbs, window glass or mirrors. Glass recycling will be canceled in
event of inclement weather.
Expired or unwanted medications, prescription and
over-the-counter, will be collected through a medication collection
co-sponsored by the Logan County Department of Public Health and the
Kroger Pharmacy. Medications must be in the original container with
label and the name blacked out to ensure privacy. All of the
medications will be destroyed by incineration under the supervision
of the Lincoln Police Department. Residents are reminded that it is
no longer acceptable to dispose of any medication by flushing it
down the toilet, as chemical compounds are now being detected in
AmerenCILCO will collect compact florescent bulbs. Since these
bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, it is recommended that the
bulbs not be disposed of with household trash.
Rexx Battery Specialists will collect rechargeable batteries from
laptops, phones and power tools, and will have an outside collection
for used car batteries.
Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected by the Lions Club
for distribution to visually or hearing-impaired individuals in the
U.S. and around the world. New, used, damaged or broken eyeglasses
and hearing aids will be accepted.
Cell phones, working and non-working, will be collected for
donation to Sojourn Woman's Center. Cell phones will be reprogrammed
and provided to victims of domestic violence for use in emergency
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Containers will be provided on-site at the health fair for the
collection of plastic grocery bags.
Laser and ink-jet printer cartridges will be collected by
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois. Proceeds from
recycling the printer cartridges will be used to supplement ongoing
programs for low-income individuals, household, children and
Parish nurses from the Healthy Communities Partnership will
collect tabs from aluminum cans for donation to the area's Ronald
New collections this year will include the Books for Soldiers
program. Books, CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, iPods, and hand-held games
will be collected for shipment to our troops abroad. The Lincoln
American Legion Post No 263 will assist the Books for Soldiers
program by providing the initial funds to cover the cost for
shipping the items to troops.
Additionally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will collect
gently worn shoes, some to be distributed worldwide and others sold
to support programs to drill and maintain wells for drinking water
New and used children's books will be collected for Mackenzie's
Pages of Hope with the goal of providing a book to every child
admitted to St. John's Children's Hospital in Springfield.
As always, this year's Logan County Community Health Fair offers
something for everyone, whether your goal is maintain or improve
your health or to complete some spring cleaning and dispose of items
in an environmentally friendly way.
For additional information on health screenings, contact Marcia
Dowling of the Logan County Department of Public Health at 735-2317.
With recycling questions, contact Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint
Solid Waste Agency, at 732-9636.
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