RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
SOUTH WEBSTER — The Bloom-Vernon Local School District is hosting its 22nd annual Health Fair tomorrow (April 18) at South Webster High School, offering free information and health screenings to members of the community.
District spokesman Rodney Barnett said the purpose of the fair is to promote awareness and preventative medicine.
The Health Fair begins at the high school at 9 a.m. Wednesday with a private program for school district staff only. At 10 a.m. the fair opens to the local community. The fair continues until 2 p.m.
Participating this year are King’s Daughters Medical Center, Holzer Hospital and Adena; and Southern Ohio Medical Center is returning for its 22nd year. Health professionals will be offering free electrocardiograms (EKG), cholesterol testing and blood pressure.
Students from the South Webster High School Key Club are also hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Pre-registration for the blood drive is requested by calling the high school in advance, but it is not required.
“Students will be touring the health fair with their teachers and they’ll get to visit all of the booths and meet all of the health care people. A lot of teachers are using things that tie into their classroom curriculum, especially health class and biology class. Also there are speakers that are going to go into the classroom addressing certain things they’re working on in class,” South Webster High School Principal Bob Johnson said.
Also during the Health Fair, students are conducting an Energy Fair with displays showing ways to conserve energy at home.
Johnson said the fair grows every year and always received positive feedback from the community.
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