Health fair serves up tasty recipes

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors had the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the Head to Toe Health Fair at the Centreville Farm­ers Mar­ket on Satur­day, June 11. The event was or­ga­nized by a sub-group of the Centreville Main Street Pro­mo­tion Com­mit­tee and funded through cor­po­rate spon­sors. Cor­po­rate spon­sors in­cluded the Ru­ral Mary­land Coun­cil, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, Eastern Shore Al­lergy and Asthma and the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health.

Ven­dors and demon­stra­tions filled the lawn and square in front of the court­house. In ad­di­tion to the usual fresh, lo­cal pro­duce and flow­ers avail­able from the mar­ket, vis­i­tors were en­cour­aged to have blood pres­sure checked, par­tic­i­pate in a Tai Chi or yoga class and watch a cook­ing demon­stra­tion us­ing in­gre­di­ents found at the mar­ket.

The Queen Anne’s County Health De­part­ment also of­fered in­for­ma­tion on sun safety and skin cancer screen­ing and mosquito­borne ill­ness, such as Zika. There were also ven­dors of­fer­ing nu­tri­tion and skin care sup­ple­ments, in­for­ma­tion about CPR and first aid train­ing and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion and al­lied health pro­grams from Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

The cook­ing demon­stra­tion courtesy of the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion’s Mar­ket to Meal­time pro­gram pro­vided sim­ple recipes us­ing fresh in­gre­di­ents.

Vouch­ers in the amount of five dol­lars, while sup­plies lasted, were given to those at­tend­ing the Head to Toe Health Fair and were re­deemable at any of the pro­duce ven­dors.

PHOTOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Vis­i­tors en­joy the in­for­ma­tional booths and ven­dors at the Head to Toe Health Fair and Farm­ers Mar­ket, Satur­day, June 11.

Tom Bur­ton, re­tired fire­fighter and Sym­phony Village res­i­dent, gets his blood pres­sure checked by Sarah Bur­ris, R.N., Queen Anne’s County Health De­part­ment, at the Head to Toe Health Fair.

Maggie Sch­midt, Queen Anne’s County Health De­part­ment, helps ed­u­cate res­i­dents about the Zika virus and mosquito con­trol at the Head to Toe Health Fair.

Ash­ley McLaugh­lin, Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion ser­vice, demon­strates how to pre­pare fresh, lo­cal pro­duce in a fun, healthy way.

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