Health fair serves up tasty recipes
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.
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.