Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair aims at 'Building a Healthier Community'
WAYNESBORO –The 33rd annual Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair, “Building a Healthier Community,” will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, 550 E. Second St.
Presented by Waynesboro Hospital, an affiliate of Summit Health, the health fair is free and open to the public. The health fair will feature information for all ages from Waynesboro Hospital departments, Summit Health physician practices and community agencies.
“This year, we chose to plan the health fair around the theme of ‘Building a Healthier Community,’” noted Waynesboro Hospital Chief Operating Officer Melissa Dubrow. “While we are here to offer great care for you when you are sick, we also are here to help guide you on living the best, healthiest life possible.”
According to Dubrow, the hospital’s lab team will once again offer free screenings for blood sugar and cholesterol.
“Knowing your numbers is an essential component of establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Dubrow said. “We hope community members will take advantage of these important free screenings at the health fair.”
Adults over the age of 18 who plan to have their blood tested should not eat or drink 12 hours prior to their screening.
Dubrow said the annual health fair will feature a variety of additional free screenings and tests offered by Waynesboro Hospital and other community agencies, including:
Lung volume & air flow
Eyes & vision
Range of motion
Drug and alcohol awareness, prevention and treatment; gun safety information; and Child ID kits with fingerprinting also will be offered.
This year’s health fair will feature several family favorites old and new, including the da Vinci Si Surgical Robot, which will be on-site to view for the first time.
The state-of-the-art robot allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with unmatched precision. Smaller incisions made with the da Vinci robot often mean a quicker recovery time and less pain for patients. da Vinci robotic surgery is available to Franklin County community members at Chambersburg Hospital.
Waynesboro Hospital’s Emergency Department will offer a Critter Care station where children can learn how injuries like lacerations and broken arms are cared for using stuffed animals.
Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department will give demonstrations and weather permitting, the LifeNet81 Medical Helicopter will be on-site for fair-goers to view.
The Kids’ Corner will offer information specifically geared toward children about healthful eating and exercise.
“Teaching our youngest community members about health is important to us,” explained Dubrow. “If we can instill an awareness of good health in children, we are even closer to achieving our goal of ‘Building a Healthier Community.’”
For more information, visit www.SummitHealth.org or call (717) 262-4602.