Health fair helps community members connect to healthcare professionals
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Community Health Fair
Sarah Finkbeiner, a Moab-based massage therapist and owner of Nourish Your Roots, gives a free massage to an attendee at the 2014 Community Health Fair. This year’s health fair will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21. Courtesy photos
Sarah Finkbeiner, a Moab-based massage therapist and owner of Nourish Your Roots, gives a free massage to an attendee at the 2014 Community Health Fair. This year’s health fair will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21. Courtesy photos
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Antje Rath of Sunrise Counseling in Moab provides information about mental health services available in the community during the 2014 Community Health Fair.
Antje Rath of Sunrise Counseling in Moab provides information about mental health services available in the community during the 2014 Community Health Fair.
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Moab Regional Hospital [MRH] will host the 11th annual Community Health Fair at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West, on Feb. 21. The health fair, which will include more than 30 vendors, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Health professionals will be on hand to provide information about a wide variety of topics, including help for diabetics, mental health needs, pregnancy resources and hospice. The health fair, which is free of charge to those who attend, is geared toward helping local residents connect with healthcare organizations and professionals in the Moab community.

“The health fair allows community members to access local health resources,” said Jen Sadoff, MRH director of marketing and community relations.

In addition to providing information about local practitioners and services and government programs available to residents, many of the health fair’s vendors will offer services, including free blood pressure readings, provided by the Moab Regional Hospital, and blood glucose testing provided by the Moab Free Health Clinic to promote awareness of the clinic’s upcoming diabetes education program.

Some booths will offer free items and entry into prize drawings held throughout the event. Free massages will also be provided by local massage therapists, organizers said.

Community members will have the ability to explore not only traditional medicine, but also naturopathic and alternative medicine, including yoga, acupressure and reflexology, among other services available in Moab. Local practitioners will be at the event to provide information about their services and to answer questions.

Representatives from the San Juan Health Services Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) will have a booth at the health fair to provide information about free annual cancer screenings that are available to qualifying “downwinders” who were exposed to radioactive contamination due to nuclear weapons testing, onsite participants of nuclear testing and former uranium workers, including miners, millers and ore transporters. RESEP representatives can also provide information about eligibility for compensation through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, and can help those who may be eligible complete the necessary paperwork for filing a claim.

“RESEP works for uranium industry workers prior to 1972 of which I hope there are a few remaining in Moab,” said Peter Haney, the RESEP representative for San Juan Health Services. “It also assists with the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act where those who are ill from radiation exposure or died from their illness are entitled to compensation. This includes survival benefits to the children and/or grandchildren of those afflicted.”

Those who took advantage of the MRH’s $60 low-cost blood screening may pick up their results, with photo ID, at the fair. Blood screenings at regular cost are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. by contacting the MRH laboratory at 435-719-3630.

Times-Independent reporter Lisa J. Church contributed to this story.

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