Cleveland Clinic to hold health fair

Avon

By Rebecca Turman

Complimentary health screenings will be available to area residents during the Cleveland Clinic’s annual Family Health and Wellness Fair to be held at the French Creek Family YMCA Saturday.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is the first collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic and the French Creek Family YMCA.

“We are going to be opening our new facility in Avon next year,” said Laurie Haskett, who works in the Cleveland Clinic administrative office and serves on the health fair committee. “We decided we really needed to start growing that relationship – kind of let them know we are on the way.”

This is the second annual family health fair for the Cleveland Clinic, Haskett said, adding last year’s event was held at the Holiday Inn in Westlake.

The week prior to the health fair, Haskett said the YMCA is sponsoring a wellness week.

“And we are like the grand finale,” she added.

Some of the health screenings available to those who attend include blood pressure, bone density, BMI/waist circumference, cholesterol, glucose, hearing, run/walk assessments, skin checks, vision and smoke risk assessments.

“The Life Flight helicopter is going to make a presence,” Haskett said.

Children will have the chance to interact with the Cleveland Clinic therapy dogs, during the event.

A kids’ hand-washing activity involving “bug juice” will also be held. Car seat safety checks and Ident-A-Kid programs will be available. Throughout the event, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site.

Several Cleveland Clinic representatives will speak about health care topics. At 10 a.m., Haskett said two pediatricians would discuss child obesity along with nutrition and fitness for kids. At 11 a.m., a cardiologist will address cardiac wellness.

For more information about the health fair, visit clevelandclinic.org/HealthyCommunitiesWest or call (440) 808-7854.

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