An Ounce of Prevention

Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center teamed with Super Wal-Mart Friday to offer a community health fair, free of charge, to the public.

Health professionals say finding out about early indicators of potential problems can help you avoid them.

"In Mississippi, we have a high rate of diabetes, hypertension and a lot of illnesses. People just don't know they're even sick," said Andrea Laird, a nurse at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. "So we're trying to help rule out some things and let people know that they need to take care of themselves and go to the doctor."

The health fair offered preliminary weight and eye exams and blood pressure and blood sugar checks.