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By Carmen Ensinger
A new tradition is being made this year – for the first time in history, the Greene County Health Fair is being held in Roodhouse.
For as long as people can remember, the Health Fair was held in the spring in the KC Hall. Covid kind of shut that down. Then, for the past two years it was held in June on the courthouse lawn. That went over quite well and a job fair was added to the mix as well.
This year, it was decided since the Health Department added their Roodhouse location a little over a year ago, that they would hold the Health Fair on the Roodhouse Square this year.
“We wanted to try to reach other areas of the county with the health fair this year,” Community Engagement Specialist Amanda McKinley said. “We think sharing this event with other communities is important. We will see how successful it is.”
The event will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and there will literally be something there for everyone, whether one is looking to have their blood pressure taken, looking for a job or looking to learn CPR.
“We will be offering CPR classes in the Health Department on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a cost of $65, McKinley said. “For those looking for employment, we will have the West Central Job Center there and Alsey Refractory will be there with applications and the Housing Authority of Greene County will also be there. Both Boyd Hospital and Jersey Community Hospital will also be there doing blood pressure checks and other types of testing.”
There will also be companies there who specialize in assistive products, such as body lifts or lift chairs. Several nursing homes will also be on hand, including White Hall Nursing and Rehab, Calhoun Nursing Home, Hollybrook, Jerseyville and several others.
Lets not forget the little ones. Bright Futures will be on hand providing free car seat checks as well as bicycle helmet checks. There will also be a petting zoo provided thanks to Nolan’s Petting Zoo.
Puppy Love, a pet therapy program, will be there with two pet therapy animals. There will also be a massage therapist there part of the day.
The Roodhouse Library will also be on hand with a booth.
The Ice Cream Depot will open early to provide food for those who get hungry.
“It is fair week, so trying to find food trucks to come up was next to impossible,” McKinley said. “They are all at the fair this week. Thankfully, we have the Ice Cream Depot right there on the square who said they will open early and provide lunch for those who are hungry. It’s going to be a busy and a fun day and we hope everyone comes and joins us.”