Marion County to hold Annual Marion County Health Fair on Saturday, Nov 5

Marion County Health Department, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center and Hillsboro Community Hospital are sponsoring a free, health fair in Marion from 8-22 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center at 104 N. Thorp in Marion.

The health fair is designed to provide information about healthcare and health-related services in Marion County. Both St. Luke and Hillsboro Community Hospitals will be offering lab draws. The Marion County Health Department will be offering flu shots. Other vendors will be offering services or sharing information about their services. An interactive educational exhibit about the dangers of vaping, sponsored by FACT and the Marion County Health Department, will be on hand. An air ambulance helicopter will be at the center.

The event has something for everyone. The health department will be doing flu shots and providing Safe Sleep and emergency preparedness demonstrations.

“We have some great door prizes and a grand prize of a Series 8 Apple Watch.” said Krista Schneider RN, Director/Health Officer, Marion County Health Department.

The Marion County Health Fair has been an annual Marion County tradition, held on the first Saturday of November. It is co-sponsored by the Marion County Health Department, St. Luke Hospital and Living Center and Hillsboro Community Hospital. It was paused in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 as an in-person event, but this year it is back.

The following are some of the events:

  •  The Vapping Exhibit

“About 800 students from five Marion County Middle and High Schools, came to see the Vaping Exhibit. The exhibit was a great tool for helping educate the students on the dangers of vaping and the history of tobacco. The exhibit is remaining in Marion County for the Health Fair for public viewing,” said FACT Director Terry Bebermeyer.

  • Crib Demonstrations

Safe Kids Coordinator Erin Hein said, “In 2020, Kansas had 52 infant sleep related deaths; 98% had evidence of an unsafe sleep environment. Come to our demonstration at 9am or 10am and learn what a safe sleep environment for your infant looks like. We’re giving away free Pak’ N Plays and Sleep Sacks at the demonstration.”

  •  Blender Bike

“The Blender Bike is a one-of-a-kind experience just for kids,” said Tristen Cope, K-State Research & Extension Agent. “ Kids pick smoothie ingredients for a blender and then pedal the bike to make the blender work, teaching the importance of nutrition and exercise.”

  •  Flu Shots

“If you’re uninsured, we offer Fluzone Flu vaccinations for just $20,” said Jessica Gilbert, flu clinic coordinator for the Health Department. “We also bill major insurances and offer Fluzone, Flublok, for ages Ages 50-64 and High Dose for Senior Citizens 65 and older.”

  •  Door Prizes held every 30 minutes throughout the fair with gifts from area merchants, like a $25 gift card from Ace Hardware, merchandise from Lanning Pharmacy, an Emergency “Go Bag” and more. Must be present to win door prizes.
  • Grand Prize

“The Health Fair Sponsors—St. Luke Hospital, Marion Co. Health Department and Hillsboro Community Hospital– are giving away an Apple watch as the Grand Prize for the Health Fair,” said Krista Schneider, Health Dept. Director. “The Series 8 Watch tracks health and wellness features like heart rate, oxygen, EKG, body temp, Fall Detection as well as Crash Detection if the wearer is unable to respond, sleep habits and step summaries and more. The drawing will take place at 11 a.m. when the fair concludes, and the winner does not have to be present to win.”

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