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SHELBYVILLE -- The Shelby County Senior Center, Shelby County University of Illinois Extension, Shelbyville Lion’s Club, and SAIL (Soyland Access to Independent Living) have all teamed up to put on the Shelby County Health Fair. The health fair will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Shelby Christian Church located at 200 North Hickory Street in Shelbyville. This event is free and open to the public.

There are over 35 organizations signed up to attend the health fair. Some of those 35 organizations include the American Cancer Society, Central East Alcoholism and Drug (CEAD) Council, Community Care Systems, Inc., Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, Heartland Women’s Healthcare, Illinois Office of Comptroller - Susana Mendoza, Lake Land College (general information), Representative Brad Halbrook, SAIL, Senator Chapin Rose, Shelby County Health Department, SCCS (Shelby County Community Services, Inc.), and many more.

Shelby County Health Fair will have three “GRAND” door prizes; you will need to be present to win a "GRAND" door prize. The three “GRAND” door prizes sponsors are: Harbor Light Hospice, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, Life’s Journey, Quad County Home Health & Hospice, Sarah Bush Lincoln, Shelbyville Manor & Hawthorne Inn, Shelbyville Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, and Villas of Holly Brook. Plus, the Shelby County Health Fair will have many more door prizes for the attendees.

Special events include the Hearing and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Van sponsored by the Shelbyville Lion’s Club. Some of the screenings and tests that will be available at the health fair are: assistive equipment, blood pressure checks, bone density, carotid artery testing, cholesterol screening, grip strength testing, managing diabetes, pulse oximetry, spinal scans, wall balance assessment, and wellness activity screen. Also, information will be available for breast cancer awareness, hospice education, nursing homes and assistive living facilities, nutrition education, public transportation, tobacco education, and wheelchair accessibility and mobility products.

Mark your calendars for March 14 and plan to attend and get your spring & summer started on a healthy plan.

For more information or if you have questions you may contact Betty Watkins, SAIL at 217-774-4322 or Marybeth Massey, Shelby County Senior Center at 217-774-2251.

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