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Health advocates will man over fifty booths at this year’s Health Fair sponsored by Boundary Community Hospital. “The Health Fair is an event that we always look forward to, “ said hospital administrator, Craig Johnson. “Health topics are addressed by people who make it their career to know the answers to health questions. It is an informative, learning atmosphere for people of all ages.”
The Health Fair starts at 9 am and lasts until noon. Pick up a plastic bag at the Outpatient Clinic door to hold all the goodies you will receive as you travel from booth to booth.
This year’s fair will have representatives from Shriners’ Hospital and American Red Cross, both from Spokane, to explain their services to our community. MedStar will be landing their helicopter on the helipad for up-close viewing of the inside of a medical helicopter transport system. A fire truck from the Bonners Ferry Fire Department and several volunteers from the fire department will be at the fair, as well as the Boundary Volunteer Ambulance service. The MRI, (magnetic resonance imaging) machine will be available for viewing; and a technologist will explain what an MRI scan can do.
There will be representatives educating about medical equipment , aging issues, dementia issues, hearing, human trafficking, plants and nutrition, diabetes, childbirth, hospice, mental health, substance abuse, hand-washing, cancer support, safe sleep for babies, food preparation, Medicare, and more.
The hospital will feature several departments; cardiopulmonary, rehabilitation, radiology, nutritional, and outpatient surgery. These booths will give the community a glimpse into some of the services that the hospital offers right here in Bonners Ferry. A booth from Boundary Community Hospital’s Extended Care Facility will also be present.
The hospital laboratory is giving a free coupon with a $66.00 value for one free Lipid Panel that identifies cholesterol in the body; High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), along with a calculation of Cholesterol/HDL ratio, which evaluates cardiac risk. The free Lipid Panel test coupons are available for everyone. For diabetics, there is a coupon valued at $73.00 for a Hemoglobin A1C test. This is not a screening test, but a test that monitors long-term diabetic control, and for that reason, is only for diabetics. Both coupons will be good for two weeks.
A free test you may take the day of the fair is a blood-sugar test. For accuracy, do not eat or drink 12 hours prior to the test. In addition, the hospital will administer free blood pressure checks and the rehabilitation department has several interesting checks planned.
A popular feature of the fair is the plant sale by Eden Landscape where starter plants are available for purchase.
In conjunction with the Health Fair are the Bike Rodeo and the Fun Run.
The Bike Rodeo teaches bicycling safety tips for kids and includes a bicycle tune-up by Far North Outfitters, and a free helmet provided by the hospital. A parent must be present with the child, and, sorry, but helmets are only for children who are present at the bike rodeo. There will be fifty helmets given away. The Bike Rodeo begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until all the helmets are given away or noon—whichever is soonest.
Holding with tradition, The Fun Run is free, but there is a new twist: the 10K has a new route this year. Every step of the way will be fresh territory—there will be no looping around retracing the course. Not only will there be medals for the first three runners in the 5K and 10K who cross the finish line, but in addition, the first 60 registrants will receive a free t-shirt.
All the races start at the same time in front of Boundary Community Clinics, across from the front door of the hospital. Registration is at 7 am. ; the races start at 8 a.m. You can register early online at Boundaryhospital.org or by filling out a registration form at Iron Mike’s . You may also email a form request to [email protected] If you pre-register, then you can go to the pre-registered line the day of the race, but, as a word of caution, still come early enough to leave time to pick up your packet.
For more information or questions, call Marcia at (208) 267-6912.