If the turn out for the sixth annual Village Health & Safe Kids Fair at Soldotna High School is an indicator of health awareness and concern for safety on the Kenai Peninsula, then the Healthy Communities-Healthy People organization has done a great job. "There has never been a group that is better to work with than our committee," says Jane Stein co-chair of the event along with Bonnie Nichols, Marie English, Traci Davis, Jane Fellman, Kelli Kalar, and Jerry Near. The annual spring event has grown from a Village Health Fair to include the Safe Kids Fair and Job Fair, the official title now being, "Village Fair-Health Fair-Safe Kids Fair-Job Fair."
This year over 75 groups and agencies set up informational booths. Additionally, Central Peninsula General Hospital provided numerous informational presentations on numerous health subjects ranging from Cardiac Rehab, to Eating Disorders. Some 220 people had blood draws for free test panels, and 32 useable units of blood were contributed to the local Blood Bank. Safe Kids sold at a specially reduced rate 60 bike helmets, and the Soldotna Police Department produced over 60 children finger print identifications while 45 kids and their parents went through the "Kids Don't Float" program. Relay for Life signed up more than a dozen teams for their coming cancer survivors relay in June, and at the new Job Fair presented by the Peninsula Job Center, over 10 employers presented work opportunities. "We didn't count how many people came through the Fair, but the food sales were huge," said Stein.
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