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Health Screenings, Family Services Information Available at State Fair

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 11, 2008  
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. 11, 2008) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information to help 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 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 one of the agency’s best outreach opportunities, enabling staff to personally connect with up to 700,000 Kentuckians from all walks of life.

“We are giving visitors the chance to learn that by making good health choices, they can take major steps on the path to wellness,” she said. “And we also show them that many of the assistance programs we offer – like child care subsidies – can make a big difference toward family well-being.”

The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 24, and visitors can learn something new every day.

Miller 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,” Miller said. “When families, especially those with children, make these choices together, we have healthier homes and communities across the state.”

Expert staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings and body fat analysis on most days of the fair. Screenings should not be a replacement for regular doctor visits, but they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

The exhibit also will feature information on recognizing and preventing abuse, finding quality child care and prescription drug abuse prevention. Other programs spotlighted include diabetes education, childhood lead poisoning prevention and the Special Needs Adoption Program.
Free screenings on specific dates include bone density screening, glucose monitoring and cholesterol testing. Age and other restrictions apply for some tests.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, Aug. 19, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office and Adult Protective Services will answer questions. Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital staff will offer glucose and cholesterol testing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also in the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutritional 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 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 program areas featured daily and rotating displays.

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 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 14, tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $6 per vehicle.

For more information, visit kystatefair.org.

Kentucky Health and Family Services 2008 State Fair Schedule

Daily Programs
· Blood Pressure Monitoring
· General Health Information
· Abuse Prevention and Reporting
· Body Fat Analysis by Kentucky State University staff (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Aug. 14, 15 and 18)

Featured Programs
Thursday, Aug. 14
· Environmental Lead and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Friday, Aug. 15
· Family Preparedness Information
· Comprehensive Cancer Information
Saturday, Aug. 16
· Free Bone Density Screenings/Osteoporosis
· Women’s Health
Sunday, Aug. 17
· Free Bone Density Screenings/Osteoporosis
Monday, Aug. 18
· Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
· Nutrition
· Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs Information
Tuesday, Aug. 19 (Senior Day)
· Physical Activity
· Nutrition
· Department for Aging and Independent Living
· Long-Term Care Ombudsman Information
· Free Blood Sugar/Cholesterol/Blood Pressure Screenings – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital staff
Wednesday, Aug. 20
· Environmental Lead and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
· Physical Activity
· Special Needs Adoption Program
Thursday, Aug. 21
· Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
· Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 
· Quality Child Care Information -- STARS for KIDS NOW 
Friday, Aug. 22
· Diabetes
· Tobacco Cessation
· Quality Child Care Information -- STARS for KIDS NOW
Saturday, Aug. 23
· Substance Abuse Prevention - “Fatal Vision” Goggles
· Quality Child Care Information -- STARS for KIDS NOW
Sunday, Aug.24
· Substance Abuse Prevention - “Fatal Vision” Goggles

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Last Updated 8/11/2008