Logan County Community Health Fair: 'Getting Healthy by Leaps and
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[March 20, 2012]
The Logan County Community Health Fair
is encouraging area residents to "Get Healthy by Leaps and Bounds"
this year. Through screenings, programs and the participation of
over 60 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 31,
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lincoln Park District sports complex,
1400 Primm Road. All activities, programs and collections will be
on-site unless otherwise noted.
The Community Health Fair will offer the public numerous health
screenings, including blood pressure, pulse oximetry, bone density,
hearing, oral and skin cancer screenings, and body fat calculations.
Cholesterol and hemoglobin screenings will be provided at a nominal
cost. Nitrate screening for well water, child fingerprinting and a
blood drive sponsored by the Central Illinois Community Blood Center
will also be available. Nonperishable food items will be collected
for donation to local food pantries. Peggy's Place will also be
on-site to provide healthy food choices for purchase during the
health fair. Additionally, the health fair will again offer
residents the opportunity to recycle a variety of different items in
an environmentally friendly and responsible manner.
The State 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 program
will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on March 31 in the front parking
lot of Lincoln Community High School.
There will also be a glass recycling collection in the front
parking lot at LCHS 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 containers. 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. The glass recycling will be canceled in event of inclement
Expired or unwanted medications, prescription and
over-the-counter, will be accepted for disposal at an unwanted
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 should be 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 groundwater samples.
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New, used, damaged or broken 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.
Cellphones, working and nonworking, will be collected for
donation to Sojourn Woman's Center. The cellphones will be
reprogrammed and provided to victims of domestic violence for use in
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, households, children and
Healthy Communities Parish Nurses will collect tabs from aluminum
cans for donation to the area's Ronald McDonald House.
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 Mallory
Ramos of the Logan County Department of Public Health at 735-2317 or
Marcia Greenslate of the Lincoln Park District at 732-8770. With
recycling questions, contact Mitzi Rohlfs of the Logan County Joint
Solid Waste Agency at 732-9636.
[Text compiled by the
Logan County Department of Public
Park District and
Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency]