For the second year in a row, First United Methodist Church is doing its part to bridge the gap between the community and its health by organizing its Community Health Fair Saturday.
With the help of various volunteers, health experts and students from the Weatherford College nursing program, the church is putting on the event at no cost to the public.
“We started a health committee at First United Methodist and decided we want to help make our church members healthy and, in the process, we made the decision to expand it to the public,” Kitty Bartlett, chair of the health committee, said. “We’re hoping that more will come out this year and participate.”
Last year lead to a sizeable crowd, Bartlett said, with around 75 blood draws.
This year’s event will have some of the same services offered, including free blood sugar and cholesterol screenings.
Blood tests will remain confidential, with results sent directly from Palo Pinto to patients.
Community program representatives from Meals on Wheels, CASA, Freedom House, the Senior Center, CVS and Walgreen’s, the Citizen’s Police Academy, Green Apple Therapy, the Palo Pinto General Hospital and more will be on hand. Several speakers who will talk about nutrition, depression, sleep and other health topics will also be present.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come and get tested, or speak to a variety of health experts about any questions they might have,” Bartlett said.
There will also be opportunities for youth, including an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog and free photo ID and fingerprinting kits.
“It will be a good experience for all of us, and we feel like we need to be good to the community because we’re a part of it also,” Bartlett said.