Our View: Take charge of your own well-being at Saturday’s health fair

October 2, 2018

We can own the best house and surround ourselves with the latest and greatest possessions, but it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans if we’re sick.

It is ever so true that the greatest wealth is health.

To that end, Saturday morning is tailor-made for those who are proactive about their health. The free Health Fair at the Aquatic Center features 70 vendors who will offer free screenings and information, 8 a.m.-noon. The fair is sponsored by the Havasu Community Health Foundation.

Skin cancer and hearing screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar level checks can be had for the asking. Get a flu shot for $20. For $100, guests can sign up for a discounted blood test through Lab Corps that evaluates the basics.

The Health Fair coincides with the Breast Cancer Awareness Run-Walk at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the Cancer Association of Havasu, a 7:30 a.m. rally behind the Aquatic Center will kick off the run-walk. The two-mile route begins at the Aquatic Center, proceeds to the English Village and Rotary Park and returns to the Aquatic Center.

In 2017, 564 people took part in the walk. That many or more will participate this year. Most will be dressed in pink, so participants will be easy to spot. With that many people on foot from the Aquatic Center to the London Bridge, motorists in the area should slow down and proceed with caution.

Walkers signed up for the event will raise money for discounted mammograms and other cancer-related services offered by the Cancer Association for Havasu residents. Participants pay $20, K-12 students pay $15 and age 5 and under are free. Register for the event on Saturday or in advance at the HCHF office, 94 S. Acoma Blvd., Suite 101. Call 928-855-5000 for details.

In some instances, the low-cost mammograms saved lives. In 2017, 429 Havasu women signed up for test through the Cancer Association – at a cost of just over $80,000. So far in 2018, 265 women received discounted mammograms, costing the association $43,000.

Lake Havasu City may not be home to the healthiest residents in Arizona, but it is certainly a realistic goal.

Our hats are off to the staff and volunteers of the Havasu Community Health Foundation and the Cancer Association of Havasu for efforts to achieve that goal.

The public outreach of the Health Fair and the exercise opportunity of the run-walk are good examples of how our city can earn the label, “Healthy Havasu.”

— Today’s News-Herald

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