At health fair, it will be 'people helping people' Annual event expected to draw 1,000 Saturday


Claudia B. Cavey's quick thinking at last year's Glen Burnie Improvement Association health and safety fair helped send a man to the hospital for a pacemaker that likely saved his life.

Though such incidents are rare, they point out the fair's usefulness, said Kevin W. Murnane, spokesman for North Arundel Hospital, co-sponsor of the fair.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to converge on the meeting hall and carnival grounds at 19 N. Crain Highway on Saturday for the all-day event, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The fair draws a mix of people, even though it is aimed at senior citizens.

"They're much more aware of their health than people who are 40 or younger," said Mr.Murnane.

Donald L. Gibson, an improvement association vice president and fair organizer, said the association "continues the project because we feel it's a very worthwhile project. It's people helping people.

"And with the rising costs of medical care, I think it's important that we do whatever we can to get the best, top medical care for people -- and there's nothing better than getting it free," he said.

Adults visiting the fair can stroll through the association hall and have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

Hospital staff, including Ms. Cavey, a registered nurse and cardiac therapist, will do pulmonary screenings and stroke assessments.

Exhibits offering tips on preventive medicine will be displayed on the carnival grounds, along with booths from more than 20 physicians, urologists, podiatrists and chiropractors. There also will be entertainment for children.

Zak Ibsen, who plays midfield for the Baltimore Spirit soccer team, will demonstrate skills, give autographs and set up a scrimmage for children.

Other children's activities include face painting, finger puppets and a chance to put on a stethoscope and surgical gown. Children who bring their old toothbrush will be able to get a new one.

Adults and children also will get a chance to tour the state's MedEvac helicopter.

Visitors who get health screenings will be given a card that notes the results of their tests and offers health tips.

Those whose test results appear abnormal but not life threatening will be referred to their physicians for a follow-up, Mr. Murnane said.

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