St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Health and Human Services Department to Sponsor Parish Health Fair

Health and Human Services Department to Sponsor Parish Health Fair

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – The St. John Parish Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will sponsor a free Health/Wellness Fair and Meet the Pharmacist Day on Saturday, December 13, 2014 in an effort to assist residents with maintaining healthy lifestyles and learning about preventive medicine. The Health Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the St.  John Community Center located at 2900 Hwy 51 in LaPlace.

Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain important medical information regarding various health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and behavioral health as well as a free consultation with a pharmacist.  Numerous local agencies will be participating this year including the St. John Parish Health Unit, St. John Parish Teche Action Clinic, Gem Drugs and the St. John Council on Aging. Free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol will be administered as well as free flu shots. The St. John Parish Office of Fire Services plans to provide fire prevention tips and CPR demonstrations.  

Residents are encouraged to bring all medications to the fair for pharmacist consultations including prescriptions, vitamins and over the counter medicines. Exercise sessions and informational sessions will also be offered.  "The Health and Wellness Fair allows us to provide invaluable health information to our residents while also teaching them healthy habits,” said Rhonda Lemons, DHHS Director. “Good health not only makes for a more fulfilling and enjoyable life, but the adoption of healthy behaviors matched with access to proper healthcare, can prevent many diseases that impact the well-being of our entire community.”

The Health and Wellness Fair is open to the public at no charge. For more information, call the DHHS at 985-536-4955.