The Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce will host its sixth annual Health Fair Sept. 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro.
The event will include about 40 area businesses and organizations which will help familiarize attendees with many of the health care options available to them.
The main focus of the free event is to create awareness regarding critical health issues that will improve life and longevity. By sponsoring the Health Fair, the Chamber hopes both community members and area businesses will be able to learn about and begin developing relationships with area health care providers, so that, when the need arises, they know where to turn for health care help.
Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro is offering a variety of services and special activities during the health fair.
It will offer blood pressure and body mass index screenings available through the health center, as well as balance screenings.
Robinson Health Center also will conduct tours of its sleep center, said Malavanh Herhold, Robinson Memorial Hospital's director of marketing and communications. Sleep studies are conducted to help treat insomnia, sleep apnea and other conditions which prevent sound sleep, she added.
Robinson also is offering hand hygiene screenings conducted with the aid of a black light, she said. Fair attendees can place their hands under a special black light which shows them where any germs are that their last hand washing failed to get rid of.
Herhold said kids usually like to try the hand hygiene screening.
Another attraction which is popular with kids is the Streetsboro Fire Department's "Smoke House," which simulates what it feels like to be in a burning house and teaches how to effectively escape a fire.
Vehicles from the Streetsboro Fire and Police departments will be on-site during the event with a special appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog.
Other kid-oriented attractions including fingerprinting by the Streetsboro Police Department, Love on a Leash, tours of the mobile command vehicle for the Portage County Department of Homeland Security and DARE.
The Health Fair has attracted several hundred for the past couple of years, said Chamber Board President Brad Raum.
Some of the businesses and organizations which will be vendors are Coleman Adult Day Services, SnapFitness, Menorah Park, Maple Wood Care Centre, Fit4All, several chiropractors, Layman & Associates Inc., PartsSource and more.
The event is sponsored by Walmart of Streetsboro, the Atrium of Anna Maria, Fit4All, Bulk Apothecary, PartsSource, ComDoc and is hosted by Robinson Health Center at Streetsboro.