Washington County Wellness Fair to offer free health screenings, resources Nov. 13

SALEM, Ind. – Residents are invited to access free health services and explore wellness resources at the Washington County Wellness Fair at the Washington County Family YMCA on Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Attendees 18 and older can participate in free health screenings that include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and body mass index as well as hearing and eye screenings. Balance, gait, and food screenings, diabetes risk assessments and mental health assessments will also be available. Free flu and COVID-19 vaccines as well as naloxone kits and overdose prevention training will be offered on-site.

The first 125 attendees who complete screenings and a brief survey will receive a $5 Walmart gift card.

“This is a great opportunity to take control of your health and catch up on the screenings and assessments that help you make informed decisions,” said Judy Johnson, executive director of the Washington County Community Foundation. “The fair joins together resources from across the county and the region, and it offers an easy, one-stop location for this important self-care we all need.”

The fair will include resources from Ascension St. Vincent-Salem Hospital, Schneck Medical Center, Purdue Extension-Washington County, Washington County Tobacco Coalition, Hoosier Uplands, SHIP (State Health Insurance Program), IU School of Public Health, LifeSpring Health Systems, CareSource, Meadow View Health and Rehabilitation, Vision First Eye Care, Hoosier Hills Pact and Salem Apothecary.

Free childcare will also be available from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the YMCA. To reserve childcare, contact Hailey Jackson at hailey@wcfmca.org in advance of the event.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement, Washington County Community Foundation, Ascension St. Vincent-Salem Hospital, Schneck Medical Center, Purdue Extension Nutrition, Education Program, Community Health Action Team, Washington County Family YMCA, Salem Senior Center, Washington County Chamber of Commerce and LifeSpring Health Systems.

For more information about the Washington County Wellness Fair, visit http://rural.indiana.edu/events or contact Kristy Purlee at kristy@wcfymca.org or (812) 883-YMCA.

Media contact:
Kyla Cox Deckard, IU Center for Rural Engagement
(812) 855-4992 office  (812) 219-9993 cell
knblanke@indiana.edu

The IU Center for Rural Engagement improves the lives of Hoosiers through collaborative initiatives that discover and deploy scalable and flexible solutions to common challenges facing rural communities. Working in full-spectrum community innovation through research, community-engaged teaching and student service, the center builds vision, harnesses assets and cultivates sustainable leadership structures within the communities with which it engages to ensure long-term success.