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

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 15, 2006  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 229-6528; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2006) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair this month can learn how to improve their families’ well-being through free screenings and educational activities at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ exhibit.

The display, located in the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, has the theme “Wellness – A Life Connection” and encourages guests to make better lifestyle choices every day.

Cabinet Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell said the fair is a great opportunity for his staff to raise awareness about how Kentuckians can lower our climbing rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular troubles.

“We are working to reverse these trends,” he said. “All of these health problems can be linked to risky choices like smoking, being inactive and eating too much of the wrong foods.”

Birdwhistell said with up to 700,000 visitors streaming through the fair, it’s the perfect opportunity to reach many Kentucky families, particularly children.

“Many health problems are generational,” he said. “Children often grow up making the same lifestyle choices – good or bad – that their caregivers made. We want to encourage children to take control of their futures by deciding not to smoke, being active and choosing healthy snacks.”

Fairgoers can learn about nutrition and reading food labels, how to become more physically active, substance abuse prevention, family preparedness and preventing child and senior abuse.

Throughout the fair, which begins Thursday, Aug. 17, the cabinet will offer free screenings from trained professionals. Daily screenings include blood pressure monitoring and body fat analysis. Featured screenings on specific dates include bone density scanning, carbon monoxide testing, glucose monitoring and cholesterol testing.

Age and other restrictions apply for some tests.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Tuesday, Aug. 22, when staff from Aging Services and Adult Protective Services will offer information. Glucose and cholesterol testing is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. Dorothy Chrisman, an 81-year-old fitness instructor from Berea, will lead her “Body Recall” exercises from 2 to 4 p.m.

Also in the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist Louisville’s Metro Health Department in staffing the Rock and Relax room, where parents can stop by to nurse, feed or change their infants and pick up information on 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 rotating display elements and program areas featured daily.

The fair runs Thursday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 27. 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. After 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.

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Kentucky Health and Family Services 2006 State Fair Schedule

Daily Elements
• Nutrition and Reading Food Labels
• Physical Activity/Arthritis/Osteoporosis Information
• Tobacco Assessment and Education, Asthma Information
• Cardiovascular Health (Blood Pressure Monitoring for adults 18 and older)
• Diabetes Information
• Public Health Protection and Safety
• Body Fat Analysis
• Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Featured Elements

Thursday, Aug. 17: Women’s Health Day
• University of Kentucky Women’s Health Registry Enrollment
• Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Information
• Bone Density Testing (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19
• Family Preparedness and Flu Information

Sunday, Aug. 20: Women’s Health Day
• Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Information
• Bone Density Testing (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Monday, Aug. 21
• Children’s Physical Activity
• Children’s Dental Health

Tuesday, Aug. 22: Senior Day
• Glucose Monitoring and Cholesterol Testing (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
• ”Body Recall” Exercises with Dorothy Chrisman (2-4 p.m.)
• Aging Services Information

Wednesday, Aug. 23
• Substance Abuse Prevention

Thursday, Aug. 24:
• Recognizing Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

Friday, Aug. 25:
• Environmental Safety

Saturday, Aug. 26:
• Glucose Monitoring and Cholesterol Testing (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
• Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (3-9 p.m.)
• Environmental Safety
• Food Safety Survey

Sunday, Aug. 27
• Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
• Environmental Safety

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Last Updated 8/15/2006