Coombs Armory hosts health fair

Rich Lehnart on the left and Jason Moring were on hand representing Buy Rite Drugs. Photo available for purchase

Rich Lehnart on the left and Jason Moring were on hand representing Buy Rite Drugs.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:39 AM.

The Fort Coombs Armory hosted a community health fair on Jan. 22.

Organizer Lois Mendez-Catlin said about 23 vendors brought displays to the fair and many offered free services.

Angela Benton, representing the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, screened hearing and vision for children 2 years old and older. Several vendors offered blood sugar screening and blood pressure testing for adults.

Paulina Pendarvis, a volunteer coordinator for Sacred Heart Hospital of the Gulf, said this is the first of three health fairs planned by the Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). No date has been set for fairs to be staged in Carrabelle and Eastpoint.

Nikki Millender, who heads the county parks and recreation department, manages the armory and she was excited about the scope of the health fair. “I helped to set up a health fair in Carrabelle but it was not nearly as large and elaborate as this one,” she said.

In addition to onsite testing, there was lots of literature on topics ranging from tobacco, to depression, to hospice care and exercise.

Shelly Swenson, interim county extension manager and regional expert said, “We can all use more exercise,” as she distributed booklets explaining a low-cost, low-impact exercise program for seniors. Her booth featured information on exercise and a healthy diet.

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