Kemmerer hosts annual Health Fair


Senator John Barrasso visits with residents at the Community Health Fair on Saturday, March 24, at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

A large crowd of residents attended the Community Health Fair on Saturday, March 24, at the South Lincoln Training and Event Center in Kemmerer.

Residents learned about the importance of staying healthy from a variety of community health organizations, such as South Lincoln Medical Center, the Kemmerer Recreation Center, local dental practices, counseling services and more.

Senator John Barrasso attended the health fair. Barrasso was once the Chief of Staff of the Wyoming Medical Center and State President of the Wyoming Medical Society

“As a doctor, I was involved in health fairs long before I entered politics,” Barrasso said. “I love visiting these events.”

Barrasso said health fairs are invaluable to communities.

“It’s a chance to offer low cost blood work,” Barrasso said. “You find things you wouldn’t have otherwise, because we see that people often don’t think about taking the time for tests.”

Barrasso said besides offering important health information, health fairs are a community event and an opportunity  for the town to socialize.

“It’s a good chance for me to listen to what people have on their minds,” Barrasso said. “For a small community to have a turnout like this is incredible.”

Health fair attendees learned about important screenings they should invest in, as well as organizations like EMS and Search and Rescue that contribute to the health and well-being of the community.

Attendees young and old also could take a ride in the cherry-picker of a fire truck and explore the South Lincoln EMS ambulance and life-flight helicopter.

Darlene Schulthess, recreation coordinator at the Kemmerer Recreation Center, encourages health fair attendees to take advantage of the Rec Center's various fitness programs. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

South Lincoln EMS employees show the LifeFlight helicopter at the Community Health Fair on Saturday, March 24. One of the Fair prizes was a ride in the helicopter. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Lynn Rogers of Lincoln County Public Health educates Health Fair attendees. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Ralph Rasmussen and Nursing Center activities director Korinne Costello hand out bags for holding prizes to Health Fair attendees at the entrance to the Event Center on March 24. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

Turning Point director Kylie Taggart and Maria Rivera educate at the Health Fair about resources for victims of domestic violence. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

 

Kemmerer Police Chief Mike Kahre and daughter Jessica at the Health Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

A Kemmerer youngster tries on the "beer goggles" and attempts to throw a football at the Health Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

 

Tammy Krell of South Lincoln Medical Center (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)

(GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)