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Plans for health fair in the works


July 12, 2016


Coming to Sweet Home: a Community Healthcare Fair.

Planned for Aug. 20 and sponsored by Samaritan Health, the fair will be the first of its kind for Sweet Home and its residents.

The concept for a community Healthcare Fair originated when members of the City Council, Mayor Jim Gourley, myself and the CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Marty Cahill, met and discussed ways to improve health services for residents here in Sweet Home and surrounding areas.

As a result, the idea of a Healthcare Fair was born. Mayor Gourley asked me if I would spearhead the project and I said yes.

From there a team of local volunteers agreed to be on the committee with me and the rest is history. The project has started gaining momentum is a short amount of time due to the great ideas each team member has come up with and taken the lead on.

Our plan is to showcase existing services here in Sweet Home that our residents may not know of or have never been exposed to and provide additional free services such as bone density checks, blood pressure, oral hygiene, nutrition, etc. etc.

I met with the local Chamber of Commerce, who will be reaching out to local businesses and services to participate and support the fair. Samaritan Health, United Way, Sweet Home Health Center, is on board, as well as the Boys and Girls Club. We will be reaching out over the next several weeks inviting our local civic clubs and organizations to be present as they have provided many services to our community.

The Sweet Home Farmers market will have vendors providing local nutritious vegetables and other products for purchase.

We are also looking at having exercise demonstrations, cooking demos, and maybe a wellness walk or run prior to the fair opening if we can get someone to organize it for us.

Helping to organize this event are: Ian Rollins, marketing/public relations director for Samaritan Health; Jan Neilson, manager of the Sweet Home Farmer’s Market; Carol Oldshield and Rhonda Greene of Sweet Home Family Medicine; Bill Matthews of the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce; Dick Knowles of CenturyTel and Bobbie Kent, health and wellness coordinator for the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club.

I am really excited to work with such a great committee that are enthusiastic about putting an event like this on for the city of Sweet Home and its residents. Our goal is to have such an event like this each year.

The event will take place at Sweet Home High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. More information will be forthcoming.

Those who would like to help can contact me, Bob Dalton at (541) 912-9085, or Ian Rollins, marketing and public relations coordinator at Samaritan Health, (541) 451-7161 or the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce at (541) 367-6168.

Bob Dalton

Sweet Home


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