Numbers from last month's health fair indicate a successful event.

Numbers from last month's health fair indicate a successful event.
JoAnn Vann, Clark County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, recently discussed the Resolve To Be Healthy Fair, which was held at the Arkadelphia Parks and Recreation Center on Jan. 26.
The event, co-sponsored by Baptist Health and the Becoming a Healthy Clark County Coalition, offered information and services on a wide range of health and care issues such as blood pressure, blood sugar, fitness, cholesterol, hunger relief resources, immunizations, nutrition,tobacco prevention, programs in Clark County and a multitude of other topics.
Transportation to the recreation center was provided free of charge.
Registration forms indicate a staggering turnout of participants coming from 19 different towns, from not only within Clark County, but from surrounding counties as well. More than 90 vendors and/or volunteers were onsite to provide services and other information.
The number of participants came in at 192. Nine individuals underwent prostate screenings.
In addition, there were 107 participants who were screened for oral cancer, while 68 individuals were screened for skin cancer.
A total of 75 people had their blood sugar screened. Heart attack risk assessments were counted at 43, while 85 attendees received body mass index screenings.
Also during the fair, 44 people received free dental extractions courtesy of Dr. Randall Jones. In addition, Dr. Ryan Moore provided two additional participants with vouchers for them to receive free extractions by appointment.
“All the vendors gave door prizes that were awarded throughout the day as well as valuable health information at their booth,” said Vann.
Given the amount of participation, there is confidence in doing a follow up at some point.
“The coalition is thrilled with the turnout and plans to host the fair again next year,” Vann concluded.