Live Long And Prosper — Message Of Health Fair


Participants at this weekend’s Community Health and Care Fair got tips on healthy lifestyles — and went home with lots of goodies. Among other things, they learned that people exercising with pedometers increased their physical activity by 2,000 steps a day.

Participants at this weekend’s Community Health and Care Fair got tips on healthy lifestyles — and went home with lots of goodies. Among other things, they learned that people exercising with pedometers increased their physical activity by 2,000 steps a day. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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A new location and the advent of the Rim’s first winter storm didn’t make a dent in the popularity of the 13th annual Community Health and Care Fair.

Saturday at the gym at Julia Randall Elementary School, more than 250 Rim Country residents took advantage of free and reduced cost services from 18 health care professionals, and collected information and more from 34 vendors.

Free cookies and coffee from the LDS Church warmed everyone up for a walk around the gym, which was packed with booths. Many collected free health takeaways, like a pedometer from Walgreens and vitamins from Vita Mart.

The Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus and Pfizer sponsored the 2011 Community Health and Care Fair. The fair is primarily designed for residents who generally do not receive health checkups, but was open to everyone.

“We were extremely pleased,” said a spokesperson for MHA.

“There was a really good turnout, in fact, our booth — where we were doing peripheral vascular disease screening —

had more people visit than it did last year,” said Patricia Patterson-King of Payson Regional Medical Center.

Health vendors provided blood draws and testing, skin cancer screenings, dental checks, blood pressure checks, basic breast exams, hearing tests, peripheral vascular disease screenings and more.

At Payson Care Center’s booth, people could get a free myofascial release treatment from Richard Standt, an occupational therapist.

Several people who received a 15-minute treatment from Standt said it was one of the most relaxing experiences despite being in a crowded, noisy gym.

Walgreens handed out free pedometers, encouraging people to track their steps and aim for 10,000 steps a day as part of the Walk with Walgreens program.

According to its Web site, walking 10,000 steps a day is widely recommended and research shows using a pedometer increases physical activity and weight loss. In fact, people using a pedometer increase physical activity by 2,000 steps or one mile.

Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Cynthia Booth provided breast exams, and head and neck surgeon Dr. Peter Zonakis offered skin cancer screenings, joined

by Dennis Johnson, M.D., pathologist. Hospice Compassus gave heart and lung screenings.

Chiropractor Liz Summers offered chiropractic screenings. Ear canal inspections were available at the Miracle Ear booth.

The Payson Lions Club sponsored hearing and eye exams.

Payson Regional Medical Center had several booths in addition to the one screening for peripheral vascular disease, including Healthy Women, Senior Circle Home Health and Diagnostic Imaging. PRMC’s laboratory staff performed fasting blood glucose (and optional PSA for men) tests.

The Mollen group offered reduced cost flu and pneumonia vaccines. Safeway staff gave immunization consultations and had a limited number of shingles vaccines at their booth.

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