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23rd Annual Community Health Fair

Displays, Health Screenings, the Grannies Return for More Hoops, and More

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[March 21, 2008]  "Are You Health Smart?" This year's edition of the Community Health Fair will focus on safety, health and fitness.

The fair will be April 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District Sports Center. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to attend.

More than 60 organizations will have displays or offer health screenings. Guests at the fair will learn new and innovative approaches to wellness.

Health screenings are always popular at the fair. Many screenings will be offered: blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes, body mass index, bone density, child development, cholesterol, hearing, hemoglobin, pulse oximetry, and oral cancer. All screenings except the hemoglobin ($1), blood sugar ($3) and cholesterol ($5) will be free of charge. Blood sugar screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to noon only. You will have to fast for this test.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive 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. First-time donors are welcome. No experience needed.

Saturday's entertainment

At 9 a.m. Dan Dugan will be demonstrating Yoshukai karate with his spirited group of students. Dugan has been teaching this ancient art throughout central Illinois for over 27 years.

At 10:15 a.m. Deputy Joe Pharis will exhibit the skills of the Logan County drug dog, demonstrating how these dogs are able to successfully conduct their searches. Pharis will be available for questions as well.

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At 10:30 a.m. the Granny Basketball warm-ups will begin in preparation for the big game at 11 a.m. The Iowa Phantoms are back for a second year to take on Abe's Babes, a group of local Lincoln women, in an old-school, 1920s-style basketball game, where there is no running, no jumping and no flesh!

Concluding the day's entertainment at 12:30 p.m. will be Lincoln Tae Kwon Do taking center stage. Led by Scott Brown, this high-energy performance is always a popular segment and sure to entertain all ages.

Closing credits

Nutritious foods, prepared by Peggy's Place, 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.

[Text from file received from Roy Logan, Lincoln Park District]

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