Event educates, informs Soldiers, Families
May 10, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 10, 2012) -- It's no secret that military Families move and that sometimes adjusting to a new place can be a challenge, but the Women's Health Fair and Baby Shower is an effort to make at least one part of that process a bit easier.
The free event features health screenings, giveaways, door prizes, and educational material from chiropractors, massage therapists, pharmacies, fitness centers, and more, explained Leigh Ann Dukes, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sponsorship manager. A TRICARE representative will also be available to answer questions about military health benefits.
"We're just giving everyone on post a chance to learn what is out there," Dukes said. "A lot of people here are new. They may not know about the different hospitals they have to choose from,"
Almost 40 local vendors and Lyster Army Health Clinic are scheduled to attend, she added.
LAHC will be offering "wellness and nutrition screening and information as well as Educational and Developmental Intervention Services and Army Substance Abuse Program information," said Denece Clayborne, community health nurse and health promotion director at LAHC.
"Attendees can benefit from blood pressure and body composition screenings to gauge their general level of health," she said. "Healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions and provide valuable health information for women and their Families."
LAHC will be representing the military side of things, explained Dukes, but contractors and civilians are invited to attend and learn about services offered in Dothan and Enterprise. Children are also welcome at the event.
Dukes hopes the health fair will "increase health awareness by providing screenings and information, increase the visibility of local health care providers and resources, and motivate participants to make positive health behavior changes."
The health fair will take place May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Landing. For more information, call 598-5311.