Health fair to be held in Columbiana

By GINNY COOPER MCCARLEY / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA—Shelby Baptist Medical Center, New Beacon Hospice of Alabaster and Columbiana Health and Rehabilitation Center have teamed up to provide a “Caring For Your Community” health fair to promote health and wellness in the community.

“Members of the community will have the opportunity to learn from booth exhibitors as well as receive a variety of health screenings. This outreach event aims to educate members of the community on maintaining and improving their health,” Community Relations Coordinator for Shelby Baptist Medical Center and event coordinator Shane Armstrong said.

More than 20 vendors will provide services and educational materials on health and wellness topics during the event. Health screenings—including blood pressure, eye screenings and vein screenings—will be available, as well as legal information regarding Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits, diabetes, skin care, information on long-term care and rehabilitation and financial planning.

The health fair will be held at the Columbiana First Baptist Church on Sept. 11, with door prizes and demonstrations from 9-11:30 a.m. Beginning at noon, educational workshops for health care professionals will cover an array of topics. Workshops, which will run from noon-4:30 p.m. will include continuing education units for nurses, social workers and licensed administrators who attend the sessions.

“We want to make the community more aware of what we have in south Shelby County,” Armstrong said. “(The health fair) is an outreach to the people of Shelby County about what medical entities we have to offer.”