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Health fair offers screenings, information

Aubry Buzek

Staff writer

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The Internet provides a wealth of information about many subjects, but sometimes it’s better to gather information firsthand.

Clovis Community College’s Joe and Charlyne Sisler Allied Health Building brought together more than 10 businesses and health care services from the community Saturday to educate citizens about common health issues.

In addition to running basic health screenings like spinal checks and blood pressure testing, several booths also provided information about senior care, dental care, emotional support, addiction recovery programs and more.

The Lions Club brought machines to provide eye checkups for children under the age of 7, and the Student Nursing Association at the college had a booth to check blood pressure and provide diabetic, cold, and flu information.

“We want to change lives, to educate people to better themselves and the health of their families. … Our job never stops,” said Cachi Bryant, the SNA president.

Lydia Martinez brought her children early to browse the many booths and displays set up throughout the building.

“We came out to let the kids get information about the community services here,” Martinez said. “The kids can’t wait to see the helicopter and stuff, too.”

The medical helicopter, used to fly patients to regional hospitals, and a fire truck were set up outside the building as static displays so visitors could have up-close looks.

This was the first time the college hosted the event, which is an “honors in action” project for Phi Theta Kappa. The honors society planned the event for three months and raised funds to pay for it.

“We would like to continue (the health fair),” said Misty Padilla, the advisor for PTK and the testing coordinator for the health building. “It’s very exciting and rewarding in the end.”