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Resolution recognizing Community Health Fair

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[May 06, 2010]  Below is a copy of a Logan County Board resolution recognizing the Community Health Fair:

InsuranceWHEREAS, communities benefit when their residents are healthy, and

WHEREAS, public health programs help residents learn how to prevent disease and encourage residents to engage in healthy behaviors, and

WHEREAS, the mission of the Logan County Department of Public Health is to assure the health and safety of Logan County residents through education, information and services, and

WHEREAS, residents of Logan County have the opportunity to learn ways to maintain their health through the annual Community Health Fair, which was started 25 years ago by Judy Horn, former nurse at Lincoln College, and

WHEREAS, the Community Health Fair has been co-sponsored by the Lincoln Park District and Logan County Department of Public Health for more than 20 years, with Marcia Dowling of the health department and Marcia Greenslate of the park district serving as organizers that entire time, and

WHEREAS, a Children's Health Fair for Logan County fifth graders has been added so students can learn about health by playing an active part in the learning process, and

WHEREAS, the 25 exhibits in this year's Children's Health Fair on March 26, 2010 included heart health, cancer prevention, nutrition, safety, exercise, asthma, violence, tobacco, hand washing, disabilities, farm safety and substance abuse, with many hands-on activities for the 275 fifth graders who attended, and

WHEREAS, the goal and benefit of the Community Health Fair is to make Logan County residents aware of health resources available in the area, and to offer free or low-cost health screenings to them, and

WHEREAS, attendance at this year's Community Health Fair on March 27, 2010 was between 1,200 and 1,400 people, with at least 80 exhibitors this year including substance abuse, nursing homes, fitness, blood donation, senior services, dental, children's resources, safety, emergency, domestic violence, environmental health, nutritional supplements, tobacco awareness, poison look-alikes, alternative medicine, cancer prevention, and asthma, and

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WHEREAS, health screenings are always very popular at the Community Health Fair and this year included cholesterol, diabetes, body mass index, hemoglobin, hearing, blood pressure, oxygen level reading, oral cancer, Ph testing, dermascanner, and bone density, and

WHEREAS, the average number of exhibitors at the Community Health Fair has grown from 60-70 exhibitors to more than 80 exhibitors with the addition of recycling exhibitors who were very well received when introduced last year, and

WHEREAS, a planning committee assists the Logan County Department of Public Department and the Lincoln Park District with organizing the health fair including representatives from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Family Medical Center, U of I Extension, Lincoln College, Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency and the United Way, and

WHEREAS, Logan County is unique in having such great participation from the schools and the community, and so many agencies willing to take their time to be at the Health Fair,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Logan County Board commend the Lincoln Park District and Logan County Department of Public Health, and especially Marcia Greenslate and Marcia Dowling, for their roles in organizing the annual Children's Health Fair and Community Health Fair.

Resolution acted on by a roll call vote of the Logan County Board on April 20, 2010.

[Text copied from Logan County Board resolution]


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