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Cabinet for Health and Family Services to Offer Wellness Information, Free Screenings at Kentucky State Fair

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 229-6528; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2007) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can learn how to improve their families’ health and well-being through free screenings and educational activities at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) exhibit.

The highly interactive display, located in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, features the theme “Everything Counts” and encourages guests to make good lifestyle choices. 

CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell said his staff sees the fair as one of the agency’s best outreach opportunities, enabling staff to personally connect with up to 700,000 Kentuckians from all walks of life.

“Our message is that every lifestyle decision we make – about meals, medical care, exercise – can lead to better health,” he said. “All it takes is the right knowledge and the commitment to follow through. Everything counts when it comes to wellness.”

The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Birdwhistell said many state programs offer support to people trying to stop smoking, 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,” Birdwhistell said. “When families, especially children, start them together, it makes a difference at home and across the state.”

Expert staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings and body fat analyses and can evaluate visitors’ results.

“Screenings are no replacement for regular doctor visits, but they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional,” Birdwhistell said.

The exhibit also will feature information on how to become involved in the “Get Healthy Kentucky” initiative, which encourages Kentuckians to engage in regular physical activity; make healthy food choices, and avoid tobacco.

On both weekends of the fair, Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 23-25, Glaxo Smith Kline representatives will offer several interactive tools to encourage tobacco users to quit.

Other programs spotlighted every day are abuse prevention, diabetes education and arthritis prevention.

Featured screenings on specific dates include bone density scanning, glucose monitoring and cholesterol testing. Age and other restrictions apply for some tests.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, Aug. 21, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Adult Protective Services will answer questions and offer information. Staff from Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital will offer glucose and cholesterol testing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also in the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors to 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 pick up information on breastfeeding and baby safety.

Cabinet staff from Jefferson County’s Department for Community Based Services will help manage the South Wing’s Wednesday’s Child booth to recruit adoptive families.

Listed below is a calendar of program areas featured daily and rotating display elements.

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 $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 16, tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for children and $3 for seniors 55 and older. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Log on to kystatefair.org for more information about the Kentucky State Fair. 

Kentucky Health and Family Services 2007 State Fair Schedule

Daily Exhibits
• Abuse and Neglect Prevention
• Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University staff (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
• Cardiovascular Health/Blood Pressure Monitoring
• Diabetes Education
• Nutrition – Fast Food Facts
• Physical Activity and Arthritis
• Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

Featured Programs

Thursday, Aug. 16: Dental Health
Friday, Aug. 17: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Saturday, Aug. 18: Women’s Health
• Osteoporosis Prevention/Bone Density Screening (For women 18 and older only)
• Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program
Sunday, Aug. 19: Foster Care and Adoption Recruitment
Monday, Aug. 20: Family Preparedness
Tuesday, Aug. 21 (Senior Day):
• Aging and Independent Living Information
• Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Nursing Home Information
• Glucose and cholesterol testing provided by Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital staff (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Wednesday, Aug. 22: Children with Special Health Care Needs
Thursday, Aug. 23: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Friday, Aug. 24: Women’s Health
• Osteoporosis Prevention/Bone Density Screening (For women 18 and older only)
• Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program
Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday Aug. 26: Substance Abuse Prevention - “Fatal Vision” Goggles

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Last Updated 8/9/2007