Logan County Community Health Fair coming March 23
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The Logan County Community
Health Fair continues to promote and educate area residents on the benefits
of a healthy lifestyle through screenings, information and programs offered
by health and social service organizations at the local, state and regional
level. This year's health fair will be on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Sports Center. All activities, programs
and collections will be on-site unless otherwise noted.
The Community Health Fair will offer
numerous health screenings, including blood pressure, oral cancer
screenings and body mass indexes, which are free to the public.
Cholesterol and hemoglobin screenings will be offered at a nominal
cost. Well water testing, child fingerprinting will also be offered.
The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive. Additionally, the
health fair will again offer residents the opportunity to recycle a
variety of different items in an environmentally friendly and
Bank of Lincoln will sponsor shredding of confidential papers and
destruction of hard drives as part of the Community Health Fair. The
shredding and hard drive destruction program offers 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 victims of identity
theft. The paper shredding and hard drive destruction will be
available from 9 a.m. to noon in the front parking lot of Lincoln
Community High School.
There will also a glass recycling
collection in the front parking lot of LCHS from 9 a.m. to noon. The
recycling program accepts only container glass, 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,
both prescription and over-the-counter, will be collected through an
unwanted medication collection, co-sponsored by the Healthy
Communities Partnership and the Kroger pharmacy. Medications must be
in the original container with label and with the name blacked out
to ensure privacy. The Lincoln Police Department will be on-site to
oversee the collection process. 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
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Eyeglasses and hearing aids will be
collected by the Lions Club for distribution to visually and hearing
impaired individuals in the U.S. and around the world. New, used,
damaged or broken eyeglasses and hearing aids will be accepted.
Cellphones, both working and
non-working, will be collected for donation to Sojourn Woman's
Center. The cellphones will be reprogrammed and provided to victims
of domestic violence for their use in emergency situations.
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 seniors.
Tabs from aluminum cans will be
collected for donation to the area's Ronald McDonald House.
Containers will be provided at the
health fair for the collection of plastic grocery bags.
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. With recycling questions,
contact Mitzi Rohlfs, Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency
coordinator, at 732-9636.