Pa. Health Fair celebrates 25 years

February 25, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The 2,000 people expected to visit the Waynesboro Health Fair on Saturday, March 8, will be greeted at the main entrance of Waynesboro Hospital and given a map of the first floor, where they can visit a variety of stations to undergo screenings for their bone, pulmonary, hearing, heart and vision health.

"This is the 25th year for the free health fairs in Waynesboro, and that's a big deal for us," said Brian Cordell, event coordinator.

Construction and parking limitations at Waynesboro Area Senior High School prompted Summit Health to move the health fair to Waynesboro Hospital for its silver anniversary, Cordell said.

A committee of seven people has been preparing for the event, which combines free screenings with door prizes, handouts and demonstrations. Waynesboro Hospital staff and services will be featured.


Vision screening is open to both adults and children, he said.

"Obviously we'd like to have a turnout similar to that in the past. Our biggest goal is to reach the community we serve," Cordell said. "Knowledge is power, basically. Health is such an important part of everyday life."

Cordell said that adults who want to have their blood tested should not eat 12 hours prior to going to the health fair. Drinking water is acceptable, he said.

Summit Health also has scheduled a health fair for 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at its campus on Norland Avenue in Chambersburg, Pa.

If you go ...

WHAT: Waynesboro Health Fair

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8

WHERE: Waynesboro Hospital on Pa. 16

CONTACT: 717-762-4000, ext. 5290

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