Frankford health fair offers free food, facts and fun

A special focus on good health will return to Frankford at the free annual community health fair on Saturday, Oct. 5. Beebe Medical Center will come to the Frankford Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to serve free food and offer health screenings for everyone.

Services include flu shots, HIV testing, and bone density, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index readings.

A free pancake breakfast with all the fixings is available from 8 to 11 a.m., and healthy refreshments, including sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and water, will be on offer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“It’s nice for the community — especially those people who might not have access to health services, or who know they have a family history of diabetes and need to check their glucose screening,” said Megan Williams, director of Beebe’s Population Health Department.

Frankford one of Beebe’s three major health fairs, the others being held in Georgetown and Rehoboth. Beebe is collaborating with Christiana Care LifeNet and Blood Bank of Delmarva.

“Our mission for Sussex County is to be one of the healthiest counties in the nation [through a] “proactive health care environment. The idea is to identify and intervene early, reduce risk and reduce chronic illness,” Williams said. “The better off we’ll all be as a community — happy, healthy and more productive.”

People attending the fair can learn about different health services and see cooking and exercise demonstrations. A Beebe nursing team will perform the tests and help connect people with primary-care physicians, if needed.

“Obesity is the main driver for a vast majority of chronic illnesses,” Williams said, noting that overweight people are more likely to suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer.

Anyone who donates blood or completes a health screening at the fair will be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. There will also be other giveaways and goodie bags.

“Spend some time with us. Regardless of who you are, you’ll walk away having learned something,” Williams said. “Last year, in spite of Hurricane Sandy, we still had a great turnout.”

The fair is free and open to the public. People only need to register to donate blood, which can be done by calling 1-(888)-8BLOOD8 or visiting and selecting “Frankford.”

For more information, call Beebe Population Health at (302) 645-3337.