Record crowd attends 8th Annual Health Fair

Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

More people than ever turned out for the 8th Annual Health Fair that has become an early spring tradition on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to Jane Stein, one of the originators of the event, there were about the same amount of vendors and informational booths as last year, but the attendance was greater than ever. "We don't keep an actual count, but the crowd came earlier this year and it just didn't let up all day as it did in past years," said Stein.

From the beginning, the purpose of the fair has been to increase community awareness of health care services that are available in the local community. This year's fair expanded to include information on Safe Kids programs and anti-smoking information.

Demonstrations included a device that inflated a healthy pig lung, and then attempted to inflate a pig lung that replicated a smoker's lung. A young girl and her friend witnessing the demonstration commented, "Why would anyone want to do that to themselves, Yuk!"

There was also the complete line of Health Fair blood tests and screenings offered. The local Blood Bank conducted a very successful blood drive during the fair, and many people were able to take advantage of relaxing massages and healing touch demonstrations.

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