NEW BRITAIN – More than 200 people converged on Bristol Eastern High School Saturday to visit the first annual Healthy Communities 2020 Health Fair.
Organized and hosted by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, 66 vendors - most in the health care field - had booths or activities as the fair, which ran for six hours.
“We really have something for everyone,” said Cindy Scoville, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.
Scoville said the idea for the health fair came after discussions with the chamber’s health care committee.
“It’s important for our community to know what’s available to them on the health care side,” Scoville told The Herald.
The fair, which was free, featured vendors offering free health screenings, chair massages and pediatric eye screenings, among many other things. Covanta had a Take Back Drug Program drop-off box at the fair where people could safely dispose of unused medication.
“I actually brought my son for the free eye screening,” said Bristol resident Katherine Smith, who was at the fair with her son Timothy. “He’s happy that he got to participate in one of the exercises and gets to leave with a balloon.”
There were also numerous presentations at the first annual health fair, including Aaron Graham from Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. Graham gave a presentation about the dark trade of prescription drugs. Katie Shepard, a registered nutritionist, gave a presentation about healthy eating.
For kids, there was a Touch-a-Truck program where interested youths could touch an ambulance, police car and firetruck and learn more about them. In the gymnasium there were hula hoops, a ropes course and team-building activities. There was also a Zumba class provided by the YMCA of Plainville that families could participate in.
“Parents come to see for themselves, so you have to have something fun for the kids to do,” Scoville said. “It’s all about a healthy lifestyle. You’re never too young to learn about exercise and learn that exercise can be fun, too.”
The Exchange Club provided food for the event, donating all proceeds from food sales to the Parent & Child Center at Bristol Hospital.
“It was our first health fair, but it certainly won’t be our last,” Scoville said.
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