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Health fair offers options for area residents

On Thursday, March 15 the Keene Central Health Fair will take place from 6-8 p.m. Over 30 presenters will be attending the event, and medical screenings will be available. There is no admission charge. Keene Central School Health Officer Marie Woods said the event will offer attendees a chance to interact with health care professionals who may help improve their quality of life, as well as crerate awareness of services available in the area that they may not have known existed. She added families are welcome to attend together. No one puts on an event quite like this. Such a large gathering of health interests, open to the public for free is only seen at the KCS Health Fair, said Woods. Woods described the event as an exciting night, featuring samples of great food, free blood pressure screenings, hearing and body fat analysis screenings (plus more in depth screenings for a fee). Confirmed presentations include pet therapy, emergency preparation, healthy soils, tobacco education, organic farming, AIDS education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, Hudson Valley Regional Poison Center, chiropractic care, massage therapy, North Country Life Flight, healthy foods, St. Joe Rehabilitation Center, medical testing, Hamilton Funeral Home, Fidelis Care Network, Keene Valley Neighborhood House, mammography, rehabilitation, Keene Valley Fire Department, Keene Fitness, Planned Parenthood, Midwife/Womens Health, Reality Check, North Country Animal Shelter and Girl Scouts of the North Country. The fair has been happening every other year for the past eight years. Before the fair, the student council will host a lasagna dinner from 5-6 p.m. for a $5 fee. People are encouraged to bring a canned good to benefit the Keene Food Pantry. People will earn a ticket for the fantastic raffle for each food item, or can purchase tickets at $1 each. I hope people from outside Keene will feel welcome to come to the Health Fair, too, said Woods. Dont forget your canned good for a raffle ticket the prizes are always great.

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