Ocean Pines to Host Annual Community Health Fair

The Ocean Pines Association and its Communications Advisory Committee are teaming up with Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) to offer a free health fair for the community.

The 7th annual Ocean Pines Community Health Fair, which is open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway.

“We’re excited to host the popular health fair once again,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “Healthcare can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. The Ocean Pines Community Health Fair will provide opportunities for residents and guests to learn how to live the healthiest lives possible. Medical practitioners will engage health fair-goers in conversation about common health concerns and distribute helpful information.”

Free screenings

Atlantic General Hospital will be providing various health-related screenings including glucose testing and cholesterol testing for total and HDL (a 12- hour fast is required), hearing, carotid, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Other information specialists will be there from the Sleep Lab, Endoscopy Center, Wound Care Center, Diabetes Education, Nutrition, Women’s Diagnostic Services, and Regional Cancer Care Center.

Peninsula Regional Health System, with locations throughout Delmarva, will offer a full complement of screenings. Skin cancer screenings will be performed on Peninsula Regional’s Wagner Wellness Van outside of the community center. Inside, Peninsula Regional will offer blood pressure checks, stroke risk assessment, pulse oximetry, bone density, falls assessment and body mass index screening.

Peninsula Regional will also have information on its comprehensive cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, community support groups, Family Lab services, Lifeline medical emergency alert system, the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines and the new Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Ocean Pines.

New this year

This year’s health fair will feature a door prize, a new attraction for all who attend. Guests will register as they arrive and enter the door prize drawing. Merchandise from AGH, PRMC and the Ocean Pines Association will be used as a door prize.

“In addition to the door prize, we will have all kinds of giveaways and refreshments,” said Sawyer. “Folks are sure to walk away with tons of goodies and good information to use when improving their health.”

Given increased concerns over addiction and overdose deaths, the Worcester County Health Department and some of its community partners will be on hand to discuss addiction in the local community.

Family Favorites

This year AGH will be offering free flu shots for participants over the age of 13 from 8 a.m. to noon during the event.

For Berlin and Ocean Pines residents, this is an opportunity to take advantage of free health services right in your back yard. For those a little further afield, it’s still a great opportunity to get a snapshot of your health and pick up some valuable tips along the way. All are welcome to attend, even those who are visiting the area. It promises to be a fun, informative morning.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.


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