Health Fair to offer resources, info mixed with fun

Sean C. Morgan

The Third Annual Sweet Home Health Fair will provide Sweet Home residents another chance to connect with health-related resources and information Saturday as part of an effort to improve health and well-being in the community.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sweet Home High School Activity Gym, 1641 Main St.

“We have probably over 45 vendors, and 50-some tables, which is up from last year,” said Bob Dalton, who leads a subcommittee of the city’s health committee to organize the event. “I think the overall goal is to make a healthier community through providing our residents with resources they may not know are available to them.”

For Dalton, “it’s a passion of mine to provide people with services that make the quality of their lives better,” he said. “If I can move that needle that’s what I want to do.”

For example, Sweet Home has a large senior population, Dalton said. Among them, some do not know where to go for various services. One of the biggest challenges is to get available resources to the people who need them.

The event includes several free health screenings, including blood pressure and heel density checks. New this year are free vision screening for children and physical therapy information. A dental van will provide free services during the event.

Numerous local groups will be present, including Sweet Home Emergency Ministries and TOPS weight loss group.

Steelhead fitness will provide a “Fitness in the Park” program with owner Dave Bauer leading the session at 9 a.m. in Sankey Park.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods of Milwaukie provided six cases of free nutritious products, Dalton said, and it provided a raffle bag with books, information and samples.

“We have a couple of groups that are going to be providing free clothing,” Dalton said.

A free bus service will provide rides from the annual backpack giveaway at Harvest Christian Center to the health fair, Dalton said, and Lisa and Jim Gourley will provide free corn on the cob.

The fair will have a number of vendors from outside Sweet Home, including Albany, Dalton said. Among them will be Linn County Mental Health and Jackson Street, which provides services to youths.

Housing authorities will have information on affordable housing issues, Dalton said, while local banks will provide information about financing to help people obtain housing.

Dalton praised his volunteer committee members for their work putting together the fair.

“I’m so proud of this group,” he said. They include Dick Knowles, Bill Matthews, Carol Oshield, Rhonda Greene, Gina Riley and Kelsey Wray.

Dalton said the community and city support has been great for the event.