By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Community health fair on tap Saturday

Keuler works with Yamhill County Public Health. Peterson is an associate professor of health and human performance at Linfield College. And each had a vendor booth at the preparedness event.

Keuler said they began discussing providing health screening, while incorporating health education, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco prevention and dental health.

“From that initial idea, it’s really flourished into a community effort,” he said. It will include informational and vendor booths, free and low-cost health screenings, nutrition consultation, various demonstrations, activities for both children and adults, and free urgent dental service for people lacking insurance.

Once individuals get the results from free or low-cost screenings for cholesterol, glucose and so forth, they can visit with a nutrition counselor to learn how a change of diet could help. Body fat measurements will also be offered, along with free chair massages, chiropractic evaluations and yoga sessions. 

The event is also being held in conjunction with one of the twice-monthly medical clinics offered by the McMinnville Free Clinic. The clinic will be held upstairs, the health fair downstairs.

Blake Densley, a student at Linfield College, is helping with the event. He said the idea is to get basic measurements for health indicators and determine if there are warning signs.

There will also be some pleasant aspects, Densley said, such as a grip strength competition. That will be followed by information on how a person’s overall strength can be improved.

Densley said they are working on developing maps of suggested walking areas around McMinnville and the approximate calorie expenditure associated with each route. 

Linfield will offer an installment of its Kid Fit program, which features nutrition and exercise activities that are fun and engaging for children. Healthy door prizes are also on the agenda. 

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