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Health

Berwyn Township to host health fair Aug. 5

The Berwyn Township Public Health District's Health Fair drew a big crowd in 2014. Organizers said they expected an even bigger draw Aug. 5 with the addition of a fitness component to the program.
The Berwyn Township Public Health District's Health Fair drew a big crowd in 2014. Organizers said they expected an even bigger draw Aug. 5 with the addition of a fitness component to the program.

BERWYN – The Berwyn Township Public Health District will encourage fitness and personal health at the township’s annual Health and Fitness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Lesak Park, 6600 W. 26th St.

Health screenings will be provided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Berwyn Township Public Health District’s offices.

No appointment is required, but participants must provide valid photo identification as proof of residency to get the free services.

Those who are screened Aug. 5 will need to make a return appointment Aug. 19 to receive and review the results with a medical professional.

Screenings include tests for thyroid health, a complete metabolic panel, a lipid panel, as well as hemoglobin, height, weight, body mass index and blood pressure tests.

All those who will participate must avoid eating for at least eight hours before the test is administered. Only water is allowed to be consumed for those who are taking medication.

As part of the fair’s new fitness component, both Berwyn park districts, the local YMCA and assorted gyms and personal trainers will be on hand to demonstrate various activities in the park.

Other features of the fair include representatives of Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. French’s popular I-Cash program, which helps Illinois residents recover unclaimed money and property that may have been left in their names.

Canned goods and boxed foods will be accepted at the fair to help stock local food pantries.

Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the event, as well. Donors are asked to provide valid photo identification and make appointments at 708-788-6600.

Donors must not eat for two hours before making a blood donation.

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