Tuesday, October 8, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In an effort to educate St. John the Baptist Parish residents on health and wellness choices as well as to embrace healthier lifestyles, St. John the Baptist Parish Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is sponsoring a free Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The health fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at REGALA Gymnasium, 200 Regala Park Rd. in Reserve.
The health fair will host numerous local agencies such as River Parishes Hospital, St. John Parish Health Unit, St. John Parish Teche Action Clinic, Gem Drugs and the St. Charles Community Health Center. Free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, weight/body mass index and cholesterol will be administered. The St. John Parish Office of Fire Services will be on hand to provide fire prevention tips and CPR demonstrations. Residents can obtain important information on various health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and behavioral health during question and answer sessions that will be given every fifteen minutes. Educational handouts and promotional giveaways will also be available.
“The importance of the health and wellness fair is to provide screening services to the community and share valuable health education and information,” said DHHS Director Rhonda Lemons. “Teaching prevention and practicing good health habits help to identify potential health-related problems that can be eliminated or prevented from becoming serious,” she added.
The Health and Wellness Fair is open to the public at no charge. For more information, call the DHHS at 985-536-4955.