County health fair draws positive reviews

Children enjoyed hands-on activities at the St. Luke Hospital booth while their parents visited other exhibitors.
Children enjoyed hands-on activities at the St. Luke Hospital booth while their parents visited other exhibitors.

Organizers of this year’s Marion County Health Fair on Saturday were pleased with the positive reception the event received.

Thirty health-related organizations and providers stationed themselves in the USD 408 Sports and Aquatic Center, offering information and giveaways to attenders.

About 166 members of the public came to the fair, according to Jessica Gilbert, office manger and event organizer for the Marion County Health Department.

The other two sponsors were St. Luke Hospital in Marion and Hillsboro Community Hospital.

Marion County’s Smokey Bear waves to a fan as he chats with Ben Streketee, Hillsboro fire chief.
Marion County’s Smokey Bear waves to a fan as he chats with Ben Streketee, Hillsboro fire chief.

“It’s really a stellar event when you see all the organizations that come together to make it happen,” Gilbert said. “I was very impressed with the lab work (offered) and the ultrasound—and the exhibitors seemed overall quite pleased.

“We distributed an evaluation and most of the marks were in ‘satisfied’ and ‘very satisfied,’ which is always lovely.”

Gilbert said the event was generous with the prizes donated for visitors.

“It ended up we had so many lovely prizes that we were giving out two every 15 minutes,” she said. “We had 17 prize winners in all.”

Visitors with a card with a stick-on dot from ever vendor were entered in a two-pie prize drawing provided by FamLee Bakery in Marion. Sharon Umholtz of Cotton­wood Falls won the two-pie prize.

Diedre Serene, Health Department director, said, “I thought it went really well, actually. I do know that the lab felt like they had more (traffic) this year.

Ron Krouse of Ultrasound applies a free carotid artery scan for Greg Wyatt.
Ron Krouse of Ultrasound applies a free carotid artery scan for Greg Wyatt.

“We had a lot of good comments,” she added. “I was very pleased that the commissioners were in attendance. That was something that is new.

“This year we did take kind of a little assessment of ZIP codes because we wanted to see where most of our people came from.”