By Katherine Gibbs
The Bell County Public Health District held their third annual health fair on Aug. 6 at the Expo Center, which was open to families around the area. There were a wide variety of activities for children and adults, such as health related services and counseling.
Since school is about to start, they offered back to school immunizations for children 4 to 18 who are uninsured or are on Medicaid.
“This time of year people are having to get a lot of things done before school starts: immunizations, sports physicals, vision screenings, dental screenings, and so we came up with the idea, let’s have a one-stop shop where people can come and get all that done in one day, in one place and that’s where the idea was born,” of Bell County Public Health District director Bonnie Scurzi said.
The first year that it started there were only a few vendors, but last year the vendors doubled because it was a great project to be involved with. Because of the fair’s success last year, the health district wanted to spread the word to get more vendors involved and used social media to get the word out to more people.
The theme was “A passport to good health” and vendors were encouraged to be creative with their table displays and decorate them like a country such as Mexico. When children entered the fair they were given passports so different vendors could stamp them when they visited their booth.
Rose Rodriguez, a vendor with Alzheimer’s Texas, provided resource information about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“We inform people about Alzheimer’s and educate them and show the ones that are dealing with it that they’re not alone and they have support,” said Rodriguez.
“It’s really good for the community to know the services that we can provide. It is a program that is here for the families,” said Dagmar Morters, with Women, Infants and Children.
“We’ve got extremely wonderful community support for this fair and we are thankful for that,” said Scurzi.