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Free Health Screenings, Family Services Information Available at State Fair; CHFS exhibit in South Wing to feature interactive display

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 12, 2010  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014 or (502) 229-6528; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2010) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information to help their families’ well-being and health through free screenings and educational activities at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

The interactive display, which will be located in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, features health educators and family services information and encourages guests to make good lifestyle choices. 

CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said her staff sees the fair as a chance to be in touch with the public.

“Fair visitors will have the chance to learn more about how our services might help improve their health or self-sufficiency,” she said.

Visitors can learn about programs like the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program, child-care subsidies and services from referrals at public schools by family resource and youth services centers.

“These are the programs that can help when families are facing barriers to better health and success,” Miller said. “Our expert staff will be able to answer families’ questions to encourage them to take steps toward a positive lifestyle change.”

The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 29, with rotating exhibits at the CHFS display where visitors can learn something new every day.

Miller said many state programs offer support to people trying to stop using tobacco, be more active and make healthier food choices.

“Healthy choices like these are the root of preventing chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, which are so prevalent in our state,” Miller said. “When families, especially those with children, make these choices together, we have healthier homes and communities across the state.”

Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings, and body fat analysis will be available the first six days.

Bone density screenings for women will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

For three days, the exhibit will feature an 8 feet by 20 feet walk-through replica of a colon. This educational model depicts what normal tissue, polyps and diseased, cancerous tissue look like. Program staff will offer tips for colon cancer prevention.

Tobacco users who want to learn more about quitting can visit the fair on Saturday, Aug. 28, when staff from the tobacco cessation program can provide counseling. On Aug. 23, staff from the chronic disease program will provide free lung health screenings.

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Secondhand smoke is one of the primary triggers for asthma.

Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

The exhibit will feature information on recognizing and preventing abuse, finding quality child care and preventing prescription drug abuse. Programs such as diabetes education, childhood lead poisoning prevention, AmeriCorps service opportunities and the Special Needs Adoption Program will be highlighted as well.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Senior Day, Tuesday, Aug. 24, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office and the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Safety Branch will answer questions. Also on Senior Day, staff from Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital will offer blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

Cabinet staff from Jefferson County’s Department for Community Based Services will assist with the Wednesday’s Child booth, located in the South Wing, to recruit adoptive families.
Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs.
Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $6 for adults and $2 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 19, tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.
For more information, visit kystatefair.org.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2010 State Fair Schedule

Daily Activities
• Blood Pressure Counseling
• Abuse Prevention and Reporting

Thursday, Aug. 19
• Nutrition
• Lab Safety and Foodborne Illnesses
• Choosing Quality Child Care and STARS for KIDS NOW
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening

Friday, Aug. 20
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Nutrition
• Women’s Health
• Choosing Quality Child Care and STARS for KIDS NOW
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening

Saturday, Aug. 21
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and Foster Care Recruitment
• Women’s Health
• Colon Cancer Prevention featuring the educational colon
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening

Sunday, Aug. 22
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Family Resource Centers and AmeriCorps Service Programs
• Colon Cancer Prevention featuring the educational colon
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening

Monday, Aug. 23
• Diabetes Education
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening

Tuesday, Aug. 24 (Senior Day)
• Colon Cancer Prevention featuring the educational colon
• Aging and Independent Living
• Long-Term Care Ombudsman Information
• Adult Protective Services and Adult Safety
• Free Body Fat Analysis Screening
• Free Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Screenings – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital staff

Wednesday, Aug. 25
• Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
• Children’s Mental Health

Thursday, Aug. 26
• Public Health Preparedness
• Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Friday, Aug. 27
• Environmental Lead and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs
• Consumer Product Safety

Saturday, Aug. 28
• Free Lung Health Screening for visitors 18 and older, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Tobacco Cessation Information
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) and Foster Care Recruitment
• Physical Activity
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

Sunday, Aug 29
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Family Resource Centers and AmeriCorps Service Programs
• Free Osteoporosis Information and Bone Density Screening (for women 18 and older only)

 

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