Cary Medical Center’s 38th Annual Health Fair is scheduled for September 29 from 9am to 1pm at the Caribou Wellness and Recreation Center in Caribou.

The Health Fair is gearing up to be a fantastic source of wellness information and resources with a wide array of exhibitions from area agencies.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of various health screenings including blood sugar and cholesterol testing as well as the first of Cary’s annual FREE flu shot clinics!

Returning to the health fair this year is a unique, family-friendly, and interactive event called Touch-A-Truck that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build our local communities. Vehicles slated to be on display include tractors, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, ambulance, police vehicles, snow equipment, and many others.

In their mission to “Create Healthier Communities,” the hospital is asking health fair attendees to join in the support of their efforts to address Aroostook County food insecurity by bringing a non-perishable food or cash donation to benefit the local Catholic Charities food banks and pantries. “Food insecurity is a real issue in Aroostook County and while the Catholic Charities food bank provides free food every month to 24 food pantries throughout Aroostook County, we also help distribute food from programs designated for specific age groups, like the CSFP - a program strictly for seniors age 60 and up. While the CSFP has ample food supplied for that age group, food and cash donations are still essential for us to continually provide food through those 24 food pantries to our other vulnerable populations that do not qualify for that program,” shared Dixie Shaw, Director of Hunger & Relief Services at Catholic Charities.

Bethany Zell, Healthy You Program Director and coordinator of the Cary Medical Center Health Fair added, “As a community hospital, our providers see the impact of food insecurity first-hand. We are happy to use our outreach efforts to generate food and cash donations to benefit the Catholic Charities food bank and help those in need in Aroostook County.” Everyone who brings a food or cash donation to the health fair food drive table, will receive a special token of thanks and an entry into a special prize drawing. Currently, baking supplies (flour, sugar, oils, Bisquick type mixes, etc.) are the most imminent need.

Additionally, the Caribou Police Department will have a Drug Take Back Station at the Cary Health Fair to accept unwanted and unused medications for safe disposal – just another way that health fair attendees can help “Create Healthier Communities.” Keeping unused, expired or unwanted medications lying around the house increases the risk for substance abuse, overdose and diversion – the unauthorized use or transfer of a prescription medication intended for someone else.  Reduce our community’s risk, by bringing your unwanted medicines with you to the health fair and have them disposed of safely instead.

If your health-related organization would like to participate in the Cary Medical Center Health Fair, there is still time to register as an exhibitor. Please contact Bethany Zell at 498-1361 or bzell@carymed.org for a registration form or for more information.

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