Highline Health Fair Reaches Community Women
Highline Church (Des Moines, Wash.) held a free women's health screening fair and seminar in mid-February.
The free health event included presentations for women about healthy foods and diet, naturopathic medicine, and heart health. Guest speakers included Meagan Gratias, The Hope Heart Institute program manager; Nessy Pittau, Washington Conference health ministries director; and Joseph Dumovic, Highline Church health ministries director and naturopathic physician.
Participants were able to ask questions of health professionals and participate in various health screenings such as glucose measurement and body mass index (BMI). Margaret Severs and Rhys Fuentes, church members who both work in the medical field, offered blood pressure readings while Ruth Turner assisted ScreenPointe, a health fair partner, with cholesterol readings.
"The Health Fair was a great success," says Fuentes, "because we were able to draw a lot of people from the community and help some of our own members too."
Joyce Moore, event coordinator, managed volunteers and vendors, such as the Center for Multicultural Health, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliation, and other local health partners who provided additional resources and health products.
"You have the ability to make strangers feel welcome," says Lillie Brinker, from Inner Vision Wellness, who learned about the event from a posted flier and became a health-fair partner.
Highline Church believes in helping people improve their health and in spreading the advent message in the community.