Keeping Kentuckians healthy at the state fair

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Kentucky State Fair

By The Staff

LOUISVILLE - Healthcare is a trending topic that has been on the minds, lips and social networks of many Americans this year. With rising costs and uncertain futures, visitors to the Kentucky State Fair can take healthcare into their own hands this year at the Health Horizons exhibit. More than 10 different screenings are offered including mammograms, prostate cancer, bone density, spinal and vision, and most of the services offered are free with the price of admission to the Fair.

Along with screenings, various regional and local healthcare providers will offer free samples and information on topics ranging from health insurance to mobility equipment. The University of Louisville Health Care booth will present demonstrations of the latest in medical technology, the da Vinci Surgical System. This robotic surgical system is on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, and is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.

If visitors don’t have the time to experience everything at Health Horizons they can also visit the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour for a one-stop-shop. A 38-foot bus will offer six free health screenings to visitors 18 and up, including blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, cholesterol levels and waist circumference and body mass index. The Wellness Tour will be open Aug. 21-24 from 12-8 p.m. in the South Wing C Parking Lot.

While fairgoers are checking on their own health, they can also help save other’s lives by donating blood to the American Red Cross. Donations at the 2009 Fair blood drive totaled 815 units of blood, saving up to 2,400 lives.

The 2009 Health Horizons exhibit had many other achievements. Due to high demand, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition added four more screening days last year, resulting in an impressive 2,048 prostate cancer screenings, up more than 100 percent from the 2008 Fair. Vision screenings also increased, with the Lions Eye Foundation exhibit seeing an increase of 50 percent over 2008, totaling more than 5,600 adults and children.

Prevention and awareness are some of the greatest tools for staying healthy and the Kentucky State Fair and its sponsors are proud to provide free services so that Kentuckians can have healthier, safer lifestyles. Health Horizons is sponsored by AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Heuser Hearing Institute and Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Norton Healthcare and UofL Health Care.

For a complete listing of Health Horizon’s screenings and more information on other exciting Kentucky State Fair exhibits, visit www.kystatefair.org.