Jefferson Community Health & Life host second annual Women’s Health Fair

FAIRBURY – The Jefferson Community Health & Life Clinic held its second annual Women’s Health Fair on Wednesday evening. The event was held from 5-9 p.m. on what was National Women’s Health Day.

25 booths were assembled at the clinic. Health fair organizer and JCH&L Quality Control Office Erin Starr says half of the booths dealt with health care needs, while the other half were there “more for fun.”

“They draw the women in to do a little shopping,” Starr said with a smile.

There were also a number of presentations given at the fair. These covered topics, ranging from breast health, preventative health, men’s health, mental health and more.

Starr says more than 300 participants at the fair this year, which is up from the 250 who participated in 2017.

“The female tends to be the healthcare decision maker (in the family),” Starr said. “So, if we can engage the females in the community in what our hospital can offer and our partnering agencies, then I think there’s more of a trust they have with us. I think we’re proud, and we want to showcase what we have.”

Cindy Lofts of Fairbury has attended the Women’s Health Fair both years. Not only does she like to keep up to date with what kind of health care is available in her area, but she also likes the social aspect the fair brings.

“Health information and seeing friends,” Lofts said. “The camaraderie is good. You know, the whole woman thing. We have to create our own fun out here in the middle of nowhere.”

There were also raffle prizes at the health fair, including a mountain bike and a 2019 family pool pass for the Fairbury Municipal Pool opening in summer 2019.

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