Ozarka College Sets Community Health Fair For May 1st

Ozarka College will host a Community Health Fair on Wednesday, May 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ash Flat campus, 64 College Drive.

The health fair is a service project of the college’s practical nursing program. Admission is free and open to the public.

White River Medical System community education will sponsor free blood-pressure, glucose and body-mass checks; cholesterol and HbA1c screenings will be available for $15. Cholesterol and HbA1c screenings will begin at 7:30 a.m., and participants are asked to fast after midnight before the screenings.

The Baxter Regional Medical Center Mobile Mammography Unit will provide breast-care information and screenings. For those without breast-care insurance, free screenings will be provided through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Air Evac Lifeteam will sponsor an air ambulance demonstration, and Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service will have a unit on display.

The Sharp County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health will offer information on car-seat safety, smoking cessation and Women, Infants and Children (WIC); the American Red Cross will offer disaster-relief information.

Participating organizations also include Family Fitness Center, SilverSneakers program and health and fitness information; Shelly Garner, DDS, dental health education; Community Home Health, program information; and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, SNAP-Ed program information.

Also, Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, CMC Hospice, MaLinda Coffman, RD, New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center, Back and Body Works, Horseshoe Health and Medicine, Birch Tree Substance Abuse Centers, Families, Inc., North Arkansas Home Care , Tri-County Medical Supply and Mission of Hope.

For each non-perishable food item donated to the Mission of Hope, donors will have their names placed in a drawing for door prizes. Door-prize sponsors include Family Fitness Center, Fred’s Fish House, Ash Flat Tire and Lube, Mark Chunn, DDS, Calabama Restaurant, Horseshoe Health and Medicine, Shelley Garner, DDS, Sharp Office Supply, AK Salon, Jade’s, First Community Bank, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Subway, Palace Drug Store, Grapevine Gifts and White Oak Station.

There also will be a bake sale with proceeds benefiting the Mission of Hope. Concessions will be available.

For more information, contact Molly Carpenter, Ozarka College – Ash Flat site director, or Cheryl Elknes, RN, instructor of nursing, at (870) 994-7273.

Ozarka College is a comprehensive technical/community college, with locations in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties. The college offers 28 associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency, as well as workforce training, continuing education and adult basic education.