Who doesn’t want to feel better? The Gulf County Health and Safety Fair, hosted by the Port St. Joe Rotary Club and the Gulf County Senior Citizens Centers, will provide an exhibition of area health and safety services and a variety of free health screenings at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET on Jan. 24.. The single goal of the Health Fair is to foster a healthier and safer Gulf County.
The fair will offer free health screenings, such as blood pressure, body mass index, blood oxygen, depression, Medicare basics and more. Note: Screening results should not be mistaken for a diagnosis. The Gulf County Health Department will raise awareness on healthy eating and living to prevent and manage chronic disease.
"If somebody doesn't have health insurance, for instance, it’s a great opportunity for free screenings," said Rotary member Lorinda Gingell. "You don't have to be a senior citizen to start having some of these health problems." Gingell said the organization of the health and safety fair directly reflects the Rotary club's motto, "Service above Self."
The fair will also feature booths from area law enforcement and the Tourist Development Council. Vendors will also be offering prizes and giveaways at the fair as patrons make their way through a maze of unique booths from both private and governmental health providers. The St. Joe Bay Humane Society will provide applications for their new free spay/neuter program.
A unique stop will come at the end of the maze at the Bridge at Bay St. Joe booth, where patrons can step into the shoes of a dementia patient through a simulated "Virtual Dementia Tour." The Bridge will transform the Centennial Building's upstairs room into a "dementia room" where subjects, with their senses skewed, will be asked to perform a series of simple tasks. The results are eye-opening, as participants learned last year.
The Rotary Club also welcomes snowbirds to health and safety fair.
Marsha Lindeman, director of the Gulf County Health Department, said during "snowbird season" the health department sees an increase in its patient population.
"These are fairs where people can come, not only people from Gulf County, but our visitors from the north who may be here for three months or more," Lindeman said. "This is a way for us to raise their awareness about the health care services we offer and remind our own citizens about the services. I'm really pleased with how we're strengthening our health promotion and awareness (in Gulf County)."