Nanticoke community health fair/partner expo puts the focus on healthy living

LAUREL — On a daily basis, the health and well-being of the western Sussex County community is the primary focus of Nanticoke Health Services.

On Saturday, March 16, those efforts take centerstage with Nanticoke’s 7th Annual Heart of Good Health: A Community Health Event & Partner Expo.

Laurel High School on South Central Avenue is once again the staging venue for the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature healthy living demonstrations, free screenings and activities for the entire family throughout the entire day.

Health fair is free and open to everyone in the community.

In keeping with tradition, the event will also showcase a professional football player. This year, it’s Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matt Judon, who will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Community members are invited to bring an item for Mr. Judon to sign. Autographs are free, but no merchandise will be sold at the event. In order to give everyone a chance to meet Mr. Judon, autographs are limited to one per person.

Health professionals will be on hand and several free health screenings will be available. This year’s health screenings will include cholesterol, glucose, vision, blood pressure and more. Cholesterol and A1C/glucose screenings start at 9 a.m. and a 12-hour fasting period is suggested. Pre-registration is not required.

Vendors will include many health care providers, other non-profit organizations and private businesses that provide services for the community.

Health information and displays on heart risk factors, stroke awareness, healthy eating, diabetes, cancer, and much more will be also available.

Sponsorship includes: Fabulously Fit Sponsors, Nanticoke Medical Staff and the Kim and Evans Family Foundation; md Eating Right Sponsors, Delaware 2-1-1 and La Raza 100.3 and Maxima 95.3 of The Voice Radio Network

For more information or updates on available activities at the event, visit www.nanticoke.org/healthfair or call 629-6611, ext. 8948.

Special Meet & Greet

Nanticoke Health Services is also offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance for one lucky local youth to have a special “meet and greet” with Mr. Judon at this year’s health fair.

Nominees must be a Delmarva resident between the ages of 5 and 16. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1. To submit nominations, visit www.nanticoke.org/healthfair and fill out the form under the “Nanticoke Grants a Wish” section.

Mr. Judon, 26, was chosen by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He saw action in 16 games this season and recorded seven sacks, tied for second-most on the team. A native of Louisiana, Mr. Judon played collegiately at Grand Valley State.

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