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Health fair focuses on keeping residents healthy

Grant Union hosts 23rd annual health fair
Rylan Boggs

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on June 16, 2017 2:42PM

The Eagle/Rylan Boggs Fair organizer Chris Yriarte stands for a photo at the Grant County Health

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The Eagle/Rylan Boggs Charlene Farmer smiles while she gets her blood pressure taken during the Gr

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John LaLiberte, left, chats with Teri Sevey while running the John Day Community Gardens booth at the Grant County Health Fair on Friday, June 16.

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John LaLiberte, left, chats with Teri Sevey while running the John Day Community Gardens booth at the Grant County Health Fair on Friday, June 16.

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Attendees at the Grant County Health Fair were able to access more affordable healthcare to keep themselves healthy.

From hearing to blood pressure tests, everyone from firefighters to senior citizens showed up to take part.

Set in the Grant Union High School Gym, dozens of booths offered a variety of tests and information to anyone interested.

Event organizer Chris Yriarte said they put on the health fair “for the benefit of the community, and to make people more aware so they can be proactive on taking care of their own health.”

Yriarte has been involved with the health fair since its inception, 23 years ago.

“We’re here to offer different booths to give them information on what they can do for themselves to try to keep themselves healthy,” she said.

Dayville resident Charlene Farmer took advantage of the $16 blood test offered by the Strawberry Wilderness Clinic at the health fair. She said she had been coming to the fair for several years and enjoyed the lower prices for tests.

Not everything was pressure cuffs and needles, though. John LaLiberte worked a booth from the John Day Community Gardens where he sold raffle tickets for a variety of gardening tools, fertilizers and gift cards.

“The community garden is at the health fair because it promotes health exercise and nutrition,” LaLiberte said.





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