24th Annual Senior Health Fair
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Over 250 North Hawai‘i seniors participated in NHCH’s 24th Annual Senior Health Fair on Sunday, May 20th. Normally held in November, this annual outreach event moved to late May in support of National Senior Health and Fitness Day. 

“This event provides complimentary health screenings and wellness education to nearly 250 seniors in North Hawai‘i and helps to fulfill the hospital’s mission ‘to improve the health status of the people of North Hawai’i by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost,’” says Ken Wood, NHCH President and CEO.  This event is one of two annual community outreach events held by NHCH; the other event is Girls Night Out, which is held in October to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

A variety of free health screenings and health educational information were available to North Hawai‘i seniors. “This health fair is often the only time seniors in our community have the opportunity to receive health screenings by physicians, registered nurses and other medical professionals who graciously donate their time and services,” says Lorrie Mortensen, NHCH Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

Complimentary health screenings included: cholesterol, glucose and oral screenings, hearing tests, stroke risk assessments, skin checks, eye screenings, holistic care services, foot screenings, blood pressure, bone density screenings, and blood tests.   Health and wellness education was also provided by the following vendors: Tutu’s House, Hawai‘i Fire Department, Police Family Chiropractor, NHCH’s Kohala Home Health Care, NHCH’s Diabetes Wellness Center, Foodland, Legal Shield and Ho’oNani Place, Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community, Hawai‘i Life Flight and more.

Seniors were also treated to complimentary lunch, bingo, live music by ‘A’oia and door prizes, due to the generous support of numerous local businesses. “We greatly appreciate the efforts, donations and volunteers whose help made this event possible,” says Wood.  “From physicians and nurses who donated their time offering free health screenings to farmers who donated their crops to provide free lunch, this event was truly a community effort to support the health and wellness of our North Hawai’i seniors,” says Wood.  This event was also support by a grant from the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.