JOHN DAY – The Grant County Health Fair, coming up on Friday, June 19, offers a packed lineup of health and wellness professionals, in addition to the tests that are the main event.
The fair will be from 6 a.m. to noon in the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School gym in John Day.
People can register at the fair, or they can sign up and pay in advance at Blue Mountain Hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12, or Monday through Thursday, June 15-18.
This year the regular blood test costs $35, and the TSH thyroid test can be added for $15. The PSA test for men is $20.
The Grant County Health Department will offer A1c testing for diabetes for $10, tetanus shots for $20, and iron and height/weight checks.
An array of booths will offer information on topics ranging from nutrition to skin care to emergency services.
The fair is in its 21st year. It started as a health and safety event in 1994, with the Malheur National Forest partnering with Grant County Health Department, Blue Mountain Hospital and local law enforcement. The Hospital Auxiliary joined the team about five years later, and the fair continues to offer a blend of health checks and safety information.
This year, Blue Mountain Hospital’s new CEO, Randy Mees, is expected to be on hand, along with representatives of various hospital departments and the Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic.
Two dental offices – Advantage Dental and Biosmile – will be represented, as will two massage therapists, Charles Osgood and Mary Miles. A dermatology physician assistant, Larry Weber, will check skin issues.
Popular presentations returning to the fair include those focusing on fire prevention, air ambulance service, counseling, disaster preparedness, gardening, diabetes, smoking, and preventative information related to heart, colon, breast, and bone health. Safe Communities Coalition is offering its “drug take back” booth.
New booths this year will provide information on cranial sacral therapy, skin care, essential oils, reflexology, and pet care, as well as yoga demonstrations.
The organizing committee is challenging people in the community who can help others to donate to a scholarship fund to help people who otherwise would be unable to afford the blood tests. The health department selects the recipients.
Donations may be made by June 16 at the hospital registration site, with cash or checks payable to Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary.