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Leap into Health at health fair Feb. 29

To celebrate the gift of an extra day this Leap Year, the community is invited to a massive free Health Fair from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Barnesville Civic Center, 685 Forsyth St.

The Lamar County Health Department, Lamar County Family Connection Collaborative, Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce and Full Circle of HOPE are hosting the “Leap into Health” event.

About 50 community health and resource agencies will join them at the Health Fair to offer free health screenings, giveaways, education and resources for all ages. The event also will feature free food, fun (including health and wellness trivia led by Lamar County 4-H), kids’ activities and health demonstrations to make the day a true celebration of the individual and collective health of Lamar and surrounding counties.

“Leap year brings us one additional day this year to enjoy life, and it’s very fitting to come together as a community on Feb. 29 to do a little ‘something extra’ for our health,” said Sherry Farr, nurse manager at the Lamar County Health Department. “Whether you come alone or bring the whole family, you’ll have fun while learning about small steps you can take to improve your health and add extra years to your life.”

Upson Regional Medical Center and Upson Family Physicians will be on hand to provide glucose checks and diabetes education, and CORE Georgia will offer COVID vaccines for uninsured individuals. The Morehouse School of Medicine will administer blood pressure checks as well as glucose, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI) screenings. In addition, Amerigroup will bring a new Kare Mobile dental unit to the health fair; to make an appointment, visit app.karemobile.com/patient or call (800) 787-2812.

Other local and state organizations will provide information and resources on behavioral health, mental health, cancer prevention and treatment, chronic disease management, community education/adult education, CPR/first aid, fire safety, emergency preparedness, foster parenting, HIV, home care, hospice, housing, nutrition, senior adult health and wellness, spiritual health, vaping and tobacco cessation, and more.

In addition, several agencies will be available to share information about health insurance, resources for uninsured adults, Medicare, and the Peach State Health Plan (PeachCare for Kids and Medicaid).

Giveaways will include diapers and wipes, first aid kits, tote bags, children’s books, and plenty of other resources.

Farr said the health department will provide immunization histories and car seat education. In partnership with Georgia Memory Net and the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, the health department also will demonstrate its new telehealth appointment program for diagnosing Alzheimer’s and related dementias. After receiving a physician’s referral, local residents with memory concerns can visit with a clinician via telehealth at the Lamar County Health Department to receive a formal diagnosis of memory issues without ever having to travel outside the county.

The health department is one of only six health departments in Georgia to offer the telehealth program—and one of only 10 health departments in the nation to receive a Healthy Brain Initiative grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to support the initiative.

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