Faith hosts community health fair

A Washington County public health employee explains the File of Life at a previous Faith health fair.
A Washington County public health employee explains the File of Life at a previous Faith health fair.

Free health screenings, free information, free samples, free lunch—the Faith Lutheran Church health fair is coming.

From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, more than 30 local health service providers will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Dr. in Forest Lake.

The health fair is sponsored by the church and by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Ben Wedell of Thrivent will be giving kids free piggy banks, a popular item at previous fairs.

Lunch is served the entire time at no charge.

More than 300 people came last time, and the organizers are expecting upwards of 400 this time, given the number of service providers who will attend and the quality of the products.

Nurses from Forest Lake Allina, Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, and Forest Lake Walgreens will do blood pressure screenings.

Fairview Lakes will calculate body mass index from weight and height measurements, and Curves of Wyoming will estimate body fat using bioelectrical impedance analysis.

Walgreens will measure blood glucose.

Courage Center of Forest Lake, a rehabilitation center for people with health limitations, will be testing grip strength to give a general idea of overall upper body strength.

OSI Physical Therapy of Forest Lake will offer both grip strength and a standing balance test.

Staff from Dr. Andrew Hegstad’s Family Dentistry will hand out tooth brushing travel kits.

Chisago County Public Health staff will focus on women’s heart disease.

Washington County Public Health will offer information on the File of Life, a miniature medical history that enables emergency personnel to obtain a quick medical history, and the Follow Along Program, which uses a questionnaire to help parents of children from birth to age 3 find out if the child’s communication, motor, self-help and social-emotional development are like other children at the same age.

Fairview Lakes staff will fit kids for $5 bike helmets. Forest Lake Cycle and Skate will also have a booth promoting biking.

Representatives of Roberts Funeral home, Canvas Health, and the Forest Lake Fire department will be on hand.

Judy Caroon of Graceful Changes will help cancer patients find wigs.

Mike Stoner of ECig Crib will demonstrate electronic cigarettes to help people stop smoking.

Healing Touch in Lindstrom will give free head and neck massages.

Autumnwood Farms will have chocolate milk samples.

Talk with Zumba or Silver Sneakers about exercise, Be Well Nutrition about supplements, Bridget Titterud about skin care.

Dr. Andrew Ulvin, a chiropractor, and Attorney Sharon Sill will also be on hand.