Health fair offered today

Published 9:44 pm Friday, August 12, 2011

A community-wide health fair at Laurel Hill United Church of Christ today will allow residents of the Western Tidewater area to receive health screenings, learn about elder care, participate in a yoga class and more.


“Our goal was to extend the services across city and county boundaries because research has shown that the entire Western Tidewater region is medically underserved,” said Terry Miller, fair organizer.

The fair also includes an attorney who specializes in health care. P.J. Miller of Coleman & Regland in Alexandria will assist attendees in completing advance directives and general power of attorney documents and give workshops on the questions to ask when choosing a nursing home.

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Other highlights include a yoga class at 10 a.m. provided by the James L. Camp Jr. YMCA; stroke screening by Unique Imaging Solutions; classes on healthy living and stress management by Wellness Champions, as well as computerized stress tests; and more.

In addition, the following services will be offered:

  • The American Diabetes Association will provide information on diabetes prevention, care and training;
  • Sentara Obici Hospital will have bone density, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, as well as breast health instruction;
  • Bright Health Solutions will bring information on pain management technology;
  • Catholic Charities will have information on health care counseling and senior services;
  • The Patient Advocate Foundation will providing information on mediation and other services for the chronically ill;
  • The Western Tidewater Community Services Board will discuss sexual health and offer information about STD and HIV/AIDS counseling;
  • Home Instead Senior Care will discuss alternatives for at-home care;
  • And Smart Beginnings will offer sign-ups for children’s health care.

The health fair will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at the church at 8001 S. Quay Road.