People of all ages filled the halls of Evangelistic Temple on Friday to attend the 10th Annual Community Health Fair hosted by the Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living.
In addition to door prizes and loads of free candy, snacks, pens, magnets, and brochures, the event offered community members an opportunity to get screened, poked and tested for a number of health-related issues – from blood pressure to bone density, vision, memory and more.
Attendants also had the opportunity to donate blood to Carter BloodCare, receive a chair massage or hand wax therapy treatment, and pose any health-related questions to local doctors and health professionals.
One of the fair's participants, Palestine resident Carla Womack, was there, as most others, to peruse the booths and available screenings – but also to glean some information for those not present.
Womack serves as supervisor for the Sanctuary House in Palestine, located at 919 S. Magnolia St. The non-profit organization helps those in need with emergency assistance and utility bills.
Womack said “you never know” when someone might come through the doors with a need she could aid by directing them to a resource she learned about at the community health fair.
“A lot of the information I get, I can pass along to someone else – people in our community need a lot of help,” she said.
Accordingly, the fair offered attendants plenty of useful information, from info-graphics to pamphlets on disease, diet, fitness, cures and a range of health-related topics.
Illustrating her point, Womack picked up a brochure at the booth in front of her, one for the Veterans Home Care of Texas, LLC.
“Now if someone needs some help, I can reach for this number,” she said. “Now I have someone I can refer them to.”
One of many institutions represented at the fair, Veterans Home Care assists veterans in obtaining the care they need for non service-related disabilities.