Wal-Mart Supercenter hosts Saturday event

Medical students with COMP-Northwest’s Rural Health Club have organized a Rural Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Lebanon Wal-Mart Supercenter, located at 3290 S. Santiam Highway. The event is free and open to the public.

Several booths and partners will return for the second annual health fair. Medical Teams International will again have its popular mobile dental program onsite offering free dental exams for all, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

The Lebanon Fire District will have a fire truck outside of the building and will provide fire safety information.

Altogether, the health fair will feature 17 health-care related booths throughout the store. Booths will touch on a variety of topics including: information on income-based medical services, free glucose and blood pressure checks, car seat safety information, recipes for simple healthy meals, concussion awareness, bike safety, healthy smoothie samples with recipes, Latino health, osteopathic manual manipulation, and much more.

Two children’s bikes will be raffled off at the end of the fair for those who participate in the event.

“The members of the Rural Health Club are students at COMP-Northwest who are interested in someday practicing medicine in rural areas, like Linn County,” said Laurie Reed, a second-year COMP-Northwest medical student. “We are thankful that we get to attend medical school in a beautiful rural area like Lebanon, and we are just trying to maintain an active role in bringing health services and education to our community. I hope that people take advantage of all that the fair has to offer, and that this becomes an ongoing tradition of health improvement for everyone.”

Other community organizations participating in the event include the Albany Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, Linn County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV).

The health fair is being held in honor of National Rural Health Day, which is Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.