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Whitehall UMC slates Sept. 14 community health fair

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The Whitehall United Methodist Church is reaching out to community members again, this time with a comprehensive health fair.

The second annual Whitehall Community and Safety Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the church.

Numerous exhibitors will offer demonstrations and free screenings.

The event is free and open to the public.

Whitehall United Methodist Church organizer Carl Klein, of the parish wellness committee, said good health and safety practices are a family affair.

"Children are not the only ones who need to learn good health and safety practices," he stated in a brochure for the event. "Adults also need to learn and follow them. By doing so, adults will ensure they are present to take care of the needs of their children."

The Rev. Angie Sherer, pastor of Whitehall's UMC, agreed.

"Whitehall UM Church is hosting this event again because we care about our community beyond the church walls," she said. "To us, this fair is one more way we can demonstrate that care. It's another way we are living into Christ's call on us as his followers to love our neighbors."

This isn't the first time the church has provided free services for the community. Volunteers there have a history of providing free school supplies, lunches and programs for students in the area.

This month's event is no exception.

"In the last few years, we've really been exploring ways that we can address neighborhood needs more holistically -- mentally, physically and spiritually," Sherer said. "By reaching out to various groups who can address health and safety issues that affect us all, we are providing an additional avenue of care for our neighbors."

Not only will the event provide a wealth of information on both health and safety, but it also will provide entertainment for children. Face painting, a scavenger hunt, a balloon artist and free caricatures are all planned for the afternoon.

Those attending may receive free blood-pressure screenings, along with blood glucose, body-mass index, vision and bone-density screenings.

Exhibitors include Mt. Carmel Colon Health, Mt. Carmel Trauma Services, the Columbus Lupus Foundation, Prevent Blindness Ohio, Essential Health and Wellness (Chiropractic Services), the Eastview Food Pantry, AARP, the Whitehall Police Department, the Whitehall Fire Department, Columbus Speech and Hearing, Children's Hospital, Choices, the American Red Cross, Ocean Dental, Ready to Read, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and tai chi and yoga instruction by Lucy Bartimole.

Also on hand, the American Red Cross with give a presentation about disaster education and will demonstrate proper hand washing. The Whitehall Police Department plans to have Eddie Eagle on hand and give a gun-safety lesson, along with a car-seat clinic. The Whitehall Fire Department will provide free smoke detectors.

Health snacks also will be provided, along with free giveaways and prizes from the event.

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