SITKA - Spring is a time when many Alaskans awake from their winter's hibernation and start becoming more active. After months of ice and snow, people go hiking, fishing and enjoy Alaska's outdoors.
Spring also is a time when many communities in Southeast Alaska host health or wellness fairs. These events give people a chance to check their health before starting all their summer activities. While they aren't as comprehensive as a routine check-up with a person's regular provider, many people are able to get some basic health numbers at these fairs that can help them organize their summer health goals. These free events also can help people find out what health and wellness programs are available in their communities.
During April and May, SEARHC organizes wellness fairs in Klawock, Hydaburg and Angoon that include information booths about local health programs and free biometric screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels. SEARHC programs also participate in several community health fairs organized by Alaska Health Fair Inc., a non-profit that organizes health fairs across the state. SEARHC programs provide health information for these fairs, but Alaska Health Fairs handles the health and blood screenings (some tests at these fairs require fees).
Upcoming local health and wellness fairs are as follows:
Cancer Connection is organizing a Men's Health Forum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 26 at Centennial Hall. For more information, visit www.cancerconnectionak.org.
Alaska Health Fair will hold its annual Health Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12 at the Nugget Mall. Visit www.alaskahealthfair.org/calendar/ for more information.
The Young Parent and Healthy Teen Center is organizing a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18 at Floyd Dryden Middle School. For more information, visit www.alaskahealthfair.org/calendar.