Community health fair set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG – The free Community Health and Safety Fun Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia on St. Marys Avenue.

The fair will feature numerous health-related activities and screenings for children and adults, said organizer Lisa Doyle-Parsons, coordinator of the Personal Responsibility Education Program of the Children’s Home Society.

Health-related activities will be held at the society’s new office at 1717 St. Marys Ave. Other activities including for children will be held in the parking lot of its former office across the alley from the new office.

Among activities are:

* Health screenings from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department and the nursing program at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The screenings, which include vision, will be available for adults and children.

* Body-mass screenings.

* Free smoke detectors that will be distributed by the Parkersburg Fire Department. No income guidelines will apply; however, the detectors will be given away first-come first-served while the supply lasts. The detectors are through United Bank, Doyle-Parsons said.

* Child safety demonstrations from the police department.

* Smokey the Bear from the West Virginia Division of Wildlife.

* Flu shots through the health department will be administered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants with a medical card will get the shot for free and insurance companies will be billed with those who have insurance, Doyle-Parsons said.

Otherwise, the cost will be determined on a sliding scale with a maximum of $20, she said.

Elev-8 Nation, a local youth band, will perform, and there will be games and activities for children, Doyle-Parsons said.

The festival is organized by the Children’s Home Society, WVU-Parkersburg Health Sciences Division and the health department.