Frankford to host Community Health Fair on Saturday

Date Published: 
October 14, 2016

Firetrucks, flu shots and freebies — oh, my!

The Frankford Community Health Fair is back, and the Beebe Medical Center-sponsored event, set for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to supply some fun along with a multitude of free health screenings and other beneficial offerings.

“We will have things there for children, for older adults and for everyone in between,” said Melissa Williams, executive director of Beebe’s Population Health programs.

Held at the Frankford Fire Hall, the health fair will provide an opportunity for area residents to receive free screenings for bone density, blood pressure, body mass index, glucose, cholesterol and cancer.

“Being able to do these screenings is a huge cornerstone of a healthy community,” Williams said.

Many of the illnesses targeted by the screenings can be reversed when they are caught early but can have devastating effects on health if they are left untreated. Williams used the example of diabetes, which can often be reversed if it is detected early. But when diabetes is left unchecked, it can cause serious health complications.

“We want to be as proactive with health as possible. The more proactive we can be, the healthier the community will be,” Williams said.

In addition to the free screenings, free flu shots will be provided by the Delaware Department of Health for anyone 9 or older.

“This is the perfect time of year to get a flu shot,” Williams said.

Lessons in hands-on-CPR will be offered during the fair — and the easy-to-learn skill could be the key to saving a life, she noted.

Christiana Care’s Life-Net helicopter will be on-site for inspection by young and old, weather permitting, and, of course, since the event takes place in a fire house, there will be plenty of firetrucks on display. A number of giveaways will round out the event.

Breakfast will be provided by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; refreshments will also be supplied by the fire company’s ladies’ auxiliary until 1 p.m.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is located at 7 Main Street in Frankford. For more information, call Beebe Medical Center’s Population Health Department at (302) 645-3337.