Photo by Peter Hershey
KINGMAN — The community will get a chance to learn about how to take better care of their health at the first Day in the Park health fair.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at Centennial Park, 3333 Harrison St. It will include about 40 vendors, from nutrition coaching and rehabilitation services to weight loss and tobacco cessation. They include Holistic Healers, Senior Corps, True North Yoga, Bicycle Outfitters and Mohave County Gemstoners.
In conjunction, the Kingman Law Enforcement Run will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park to benefit Special Olympics.
“There are a lot of resources in our community, but the hardest part is getting people to use them,” said Linda Williams, Pharmacy Clinical Manager of Ambulatory Care at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC).
“This event is the first big step to connecting people with resources and one another. It’s at the park because we want to bring people out and let them see that there’s a walking trail and there are options for healthy living.”
Williams said Day in the Park was created because KRMC and Mohave County Public Health must complete a community health assessment. The most recent survey showed the area’s top three issues are mental health, substance abuse and obesity.
The free, family friendly event, will include information about healthy activities in Kingman, live fitness demonstrations, raffles and prizes, a bounce house, HIV and Hepatitis C screening and hands-free CPR demonstrations.
“Mohave County has the highest incidence of Hepatitis C in the state and one of the highest in the country,” said Williams. “It’s not only IV drug users who have it. People who were born in the Baby Boomer years were getting infusions with blood with Hepititis C in it. It can be transferred to their children.”
Williams said she is excited about people participating in the live demonstrations. She said the fair will help them reach beyond their comfort zone and get moving.