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Health fair aims to get Ellis on track





ELLIS -- The Community Foundation of Ellis, Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital and Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 class will sponsor a health fair to get people on the right track to living healthy lifestyles.

The health fair will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1013 Washington in Ellis.

"If we can get people to do healthier things like take a walk or ride a bike, it will result in better lifestyles," said Dena Patee, Ellis Alliance director.

The health fair will include informational booths for the American Red Cross, hand hygiene, allergy testing, CPR, skin cancer, mammography, physical therapy, Ellis County EMS, Cleland Pharmacy, Gibson Health Mart Pharmacy, Lions Eye Bank and Options Domestic Violence and Abuse Advocates.

"This health fair is all about information and education," said Harold Curtois, CEO of Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital. "We have a rural health care clinic there, so we like to be active in the Ellis community as much as possible."

Screenings for blood pressure and blood glucose also will be offered.

The first 500 visitors will receive a motivational wellness kit, which will include a water bottle, pedometer and fitness journal.

"That way people can keep track of their own milestones as they go," Patee said.

FHSU student-athletes also will show children fun ways to exercise.

In addition to the spring health fair, Patee said there will be another in the fall, so people can measure progress.

"If we can start the healthier lifestyles now, it is so much easier than when you are 40," she said. "But it is never too late to start."