Health fair deemed a success

Published 11:44 pm Friday, December 2, 2011

For all those wanting to know more about keeping diabetes in check, HIV testing or information on a variety of topics, the Central Alabama Child Development and CDC, Inc. had all the answers.

The agency held a free health fair for the community at its location on J.L. Chestnut Boulevard Friday to bring awareness to these topics and others such as domestic violence and information about WIC (women, infants and children) for young mothers-to-be.

Parent involvement specialist and compliance officer for the agency Regina Woods and health nutrition specialist Eliza Dudley spearheaded the event.

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“SABRA Sanctuary talked about domestic violence, Vaughan Regional Medical Center performed the tests and we had a newcomer — the Yellow Dot program,” Woods said. “Sarrell Dental Center and the Children Dentistry of Central Alabama were also there.”

Woods said the agency works closely with the elderly and she was pleased that many came out to support the event.

“We have an elderly program associated with (the) Head Start program, so it worked hand-in-hand,” Woods said. “We had quite a bit of elderly to come out … hopefully, once it gets warmer, we’ll have more to show up.”

Woods said the agency hopes to make the fair an annual event.

“This is our second time — it was a nice crowd,” Woods said. “I think it’s positive to let them know it’s another avenue. If someone wanted to get glucose checked they could, or get HIV testing. They got educated. I believe everyone that came out were informed.”

Woods said the agency plans to put on another health fair in April. The agency serves Wilcox, Marengo, Perry, Choctaw and Dallas counties.