The Greater Meridian Health Clinic and Ephesus 7th Day Adventist Church hosted a health fair today at Ben Arthur Davis Park.
The community had access to a variety of health information at the fair. Free blood pressure screenings and glucose checks were offered at the Health Clinic's bus. Many other agencies provided services, such as the Meridian Police Department taking fingerprints and issuing identification badges for children, vision screenings and home remedies.
"This is going to elevate the consciousness of the people. It's going to be good for the greater Meridian area. We plan on doing these every year, and every year it's going to get bigger and bigger. We want a healthy Meridian, and we want to take health into our own hands. Not only can we go to doctors for different things, once we become healthy, we want to stay healthy," says Gary Boles, from Ephesus 7th Day Adventist.
The theme for the the fair was 'Your Health is Your Wealth'.
"We just wanted to get out and alert the public and let them know that this is our most valuable asset, and we have helpful info here, and we wanted to invite people here to come out and have a good time in the name of the Lord," explains Donna Johnson, the Associate Coordinator.
The fair also included inflatables for children, musical entertainment, and door prizes for those who registered.
Many different local organizations and businesses contribute to this health fair. In order to provide the helpful information, groups with various specialties lent a helping hand. WEEMS Mental Health Center, the Meridian Fire Department, and Walmart were other contributors.