Learn from experts at annual health fair
By Ellen Sussman, Special to the Green Valley News
Published: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 5:45 PM MST
Now in its 17th year, the Green Valley Community Health Fair continues to attract a wide range of medical service representatives and health screeners to familiarize local residents with their services.March 10 from 8 a.m. to noon is an opportune time to speak with about 40 community health care representatives while also taking advantage of free screenings at the West Social Center, 1070 S. Calle De Las Casitas.Arleen Boyuls, chair of the Green Valley Health Fair Task Force, said the event began with an idea in 1993, and involved collaboration of community service agencies, health care providers and local businesses.“Through discussion and initiative, the health fair grew to fruition in 1994. Friends In Deed and care coordinators organized the first event, then called a Resource Fair,” she said, adding that from the beginning Green Valley Recreation has provided space and staff support each year.Vendors this year include Arthritis Foundation, Casa de Esperanza, Desert Eye Associates, Friends In Deed, Green Valley Assistance Services, Green Valley Community Food Bank, Guardian Medical Monitoring, La Posada, Pima Council on Aging, Radiology Limited, Tucson Heart Hospital and United Community Health Center.Various health screeners will provide free testing. Sonora Lung Care will offer pulmonary function and oxygen saturation tests, United Community Health Center will provide screening for diabetes and University Physicians Healthcare will screen for glaucoma and offer bone density evaluations.
Screenings for skin cancer, blood pressure checks and five-minute massage therapy will also be offered. Carondelet Health Network will provide cholesterol and HDL screenings for $5.Health directoryThe Green Valley News publishes the Green Valley Health Services Directory for the greater Green Valley and Sahuarita areas. The directory is scheduled to be delivered to subscribers in the March 7 edition.The 2010 Health Directory will also be available at the Health Fair and then at the Chamber of Commerce office.Contact Green Valley freelance reporter Ellen Sussman at firstname.lastname@example.org.