Low-cost physicals for students wishing to participate in school sports were added last week by members of the North Side Health Advisory Committee to the growing list of offerings at a Health Fair, which is to follow the Oct. 2 Northland Community Walk to the Y.

Low-cost physicals for students wishing to participate in school sports were added last week by members of the North Side Health Advisory Committee to the growing list of offerings at a Health Fair, which is to follow the Oct. 2 Northland Community Walk to the Y.

The fair will run inside the gymnasium of the North YMCA, 1640 Sandalwood Place.

While walking groups are being encouraged to arrive at the Y starting at noon, the Northland Chiropractic Center's school physicals will run for three hours starting at 9 a.m.

Committee member Gretchen Ratliff, wife of the chiropractic practice's Dr. David Ratliff, initially proposed offering physicals for not only students who want to participate in athletics but also adults needing them for work.

The charge would have been $15 for either, with Northland Chiropractic donating the proceeds to the North Side Health Advisory Committee.

"Our first offer of funds," commented co-chairwoman Sandy LaFollette.

Committee members eventually decided to limit the low-cost physical exams to students.

Gretchen Ratliff said Northland Chiropractic's normal charge for these examinations and filling out the required paperwork so young people can play sports was recently raised to $20. She added that a physician would charge between $135 and $150 for the same service.

"We're happy to do it for the community, and if it gives the committee a little money in kind, we're happy about that, too," Ratliff said.

She estimated that between 10 and 12 children could be processed in an hour. Those wishing to have the exams should wear T-shirts and athletic shorts.

Ratliff went on to say that the $15 fee would be more in the nature of a donation, and those who cannot afford that will be given the physicals at no charge.

"This is a wonderful addition," said Scott Dowling, co-chairman of the advisory group.

"It's important to us that kids get to play sports," Ratliff said.

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