Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Join Barton Health for a fun-filled “Family Health Day” designed for all ages. South Tahoe Middle School’s multi-purpose room will be filled with more than 30 interactive, health-related booths and screenings provided by Barton Health, local health-related businesses and non-profits.
“This health fair is such a great event because it gives individuals increased access of the medical services provided in South Lake Tahoe and knowledge about preventative care, which is so important to foster a healthy community,” Amy Smith, R.N., Barton Community Clinic said.
Take the day and enjoy health and wellness education for the entire family. Medical experts will be on-hand as they provide free screenings from artery disease, stress tests, body mass index to skin cancer checks.
“Skin cancer is the most common types of cancer in the United States,” Smith said. “In the mountains, at higher altitudes, we get more sun exposure.”
Smith says individuals at higher risk should be screened annually - these may include someone who has multiple moles, naturally red or blonde hair, freckles, skin that burns easily, anyone with an outdoor occupation or has constant exposure to the sun.
“A privacy screen will be provided for each individual to have their skin examined by a medical expert,” she said. “They will use magnifying lenses to make a careful examination of questionable skin lesions. Based on the examination, recommendations will be given to the patient for a follow-up with their primary care physician.”
In addition to health screenings, children and adults can “get moving” with jump ropes and hula hoops. Educators will be on-hand teaching healthful eating habits, free fingerprinting for children will be available and the CALSTAR helicopter will be on display.
Barton Family Health Day is held in partnership with the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Latino Affairs Commission and El Dorado County of Public Health. Barton Health would like to thank Optimist International of South Lake Tahoe, Barton Foundation and Embassy Suites for their generous sponsorships. For further sponsorship or vendor information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the community. To find out more about Barton Family Health Day and the line-up of events, logon to bartonhealth.org/events