Register staff report
For the 30th year, Madison Countians can get free health screenings and information from the annual health fair conducted by the hospital now known as Baptist Health-Richmond.
Participants also can receive a blood-chemistry profile for the low cost of $20, according to information provided by the hospital.
The Madison County Health Fair, which runs from 6 a.m. until noon, will be in a new location this year, the Richmond Mall on the Eastern Bypass.
For most of its history, the fair took place in the fellowship hall of Richmond’s First Christian Church. A construction project at the church has forced it to postpone or relocate some events, however.
Free services provided at the fair will include blood-pressure, blood-glucose screening, stroke-risk and memory screenings, blood typing, body fat analysis, body mass index readings, height and weight measurement and, spirometery.
Demonstrations of the Body Recall exercise program for older adults will be presented at 7:30 and 9:45 a.m.
In addition to the location and the name of the sponsoring hospital, something else will be different about the health fair this year. The Richmond Altrusa Club will not be a co-sponsor.
The club informed the hospital it would like to get involved in other community service areas and had decided to focus its philanthropy on other projects, said Jill Williams, spokesperson for Baptist Health-Richmond.
“We really hated to lose (the Altrusa Club) as a partner,” she said, “but of course we understand. There are so many needs, and the Altrusans had helped with this event for such a long time. We certainly appreciate all they have done in the past and continue to do for our community.”