Health & Safety Fair returns with free services

February 15, 2011

By Laura Geggel

Unsure about your blood pressure? Wondering about your bone density?

These tests and more health screenings are available free at the seventh annual Issaquah and Sammamish Health & Safety Fair on Feb. 26. There is no admission fee and all ages are welcome.

More than 50 local vendors will discuss their services and wares, including 1st Choice Acupuncture, Highlands Dentistry and Solid Rock Counseling.

Many of the vendors will offer free medical tests, such as blood typing, sugar blood testing and Chinese pulse diagnosis.

“It’s a great way to get some free testing done for people who are between jobs or don’t have health insurance,” Virginia Mason Issaquah administrative assistant Shana Norton said.

Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the fair.

Anthony Nacinovich, owner and coach of CrossFit Lake Washington, said he will provide people with free BMI tests about their body fat and tell them about the world of CrossFit, a functional fitness program with a growing community.

“It’s a group of people who motivate each other and push each other,” Nacinovich said. “It’s a great way to reach your fitness goals and do it in a really fun and motivated environment.”

Ideal Senior Care of Sammamish, owned and run by nurse Manuela Paul, will offer information about its services as a long-term care facility.

“We’re an alternative to a nursing home, but we do care beyond assistance living,” Paul said. “If anybody is looking for more personalized care, we’re it because we cap at six” people.

Issaquah and Sammamish Citizen Emergency Response Team members will be on hand to provide emergency preparedness information. Children’s fingerprinting will also be offered to parents.

The fair is presented by Overlake Medical Clinic-Issaquah, in cooperation with The Issaquah Press and the city of Issaquah Parks Department.

If you go

Health & Safety Fair

Free admission

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26

Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

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