Cast a vote for your candidate of choice and then opt for a healthier lifestyle.
The annual Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce Health Fair is set for Tuesday, November 6, which is also General Election Day in Maryland. The fair will be held at Grace Bible Chapel, 1949 Biggs Highway, Rising Sun, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
"Each year, we want it to be a viable way to have people get health screenings and provide them with exposure to local health resources," said Dr. Weidner who noted that the event is typically held on a date when the public schools are closed. This year, the school calendar didn't include an October day off that worked, so the fair was moved back a few weeks.
As of last week, about 50 vendors have signed on to participate. That will include local and regional resources for health. There will be a competitive jump rope team demonstration and a martial arts performance. "I have a team organizing it. They have expertise in multiple areas. This is good, a nice event from my standpoint," said Dr. Weidner. "Kate McGuigan is the driver. She steers the committee."
Screenings will include fall risk assessment, stroke risk, blood pressure, and blood glucose monitoring. "All of this is free and helps meet the needs for seniors," he said.
He also stated that from his perspective, it provides a chance to network with vendors and learn about current available resources. Dr. Weidner said about six months of planning and preparation goes into the health fair.
The event has grown significantly since it began. It used to be held at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun but outgrew that facility in just a short time.
He said there are no major new draws this year. In past years there have been physical competitions and demos, speakers, and food trucks and vendors. This year, the focal point will be the screenings and interaction with the vendors