Health Care Providers, Educators Partner for Community Health Fair
October 29, 2012 - Health care professionals from in and around Emanuel County came together on October 25 to organize the fifth annual Community Health and Fitness Fair, "Healthy U 2012."
Representatives from Emanuel Medical Center (EMC), East Georgia State College (EGSC), Southeastern Technical College (STC), and other regional health care providers gathered at the Swainsboro/Emanuel County Parks and Recreation Department and offered a variety of screenings and health education at low or no cost to a sizable number of attendees.
"There was an excellent turn out from the community," said Beth Hendrix, a practical nursing instructor at Swainsboro Campus of Southeastern Tech. "We hoped for the participants to have free screenings completed to help them be aware of their present health status as well as any abnormal findings that needed to be followed up by their health care provider."
Fair-goers could have their height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, hemoglobin, bone density, vision, and body fat percentage checked at no cost. The Emanuel County Health Department also administered flu shots at a reduced price.
Resources were available to those looking to enter the health care field, as well. Students and instructors from a number of collegiate health care programs were on hand to provide information on their programs, which included practical nursing, nursing assistant, and cosmetology, among others.
"I gave them information about our dental hygiene program and how to become a student," said Jennifer Gramiak, director of Southeastern Tech's dental hygiene program. "Also, we gave out oral health informational brochures that educate people on the importance of taking care of their teeth. We also gave them some samples of toothpaste and toothbrushes."
The event, funded by the Mill Creek Foundation, EMC, EGSC, and STC, will be held again next year, the last Thursday in October.
For more information on health care and health care education, call (912) 538-3100 or (478) 289-2200 or visit www.southeasterntech.edu.