County to sponsor health fair open to the public

By Lisa ZahnerVERO BEACH – More than 40 health, fitness and wellness professionals will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the County Administration Complex for the annual Indian River County Employee Health Fair, which is open to the public for the first time this year.

“The whole idea is to promote health and wellness tips to the employees,” said Human Resources Director Jim Sexton. “But we were having trouble getting vendors with it only being available to the employees so we decided to have it in Building A and to open it up to a wider audience.”

The fair is hoping to attract people coming in to pay utility bills and to handle other business with the county. Sexton said supervisors will make every effort to let employees leave their posts to take advantage of the services offered at the health fair. The county has nearly 900 employees scattered at various locations.

At 11 a.m. and noon Dr. Deepti Sadhwani of Quality Health Care in Sebastian will speak in the Building B conference room on the topic “Attaining Health and Wellness.”The Visiting Nurse Association will be offering seasonal flu (not swine flu) shots for $19 each and pneumonia shots for $45 each. Physicians will also be offering PSA tests for men as an early detection tool for prostate cancer, blood pressure checks and other tests.

The fair will take place upstairs and downstairs in Building A and Building B of the complex.

 Vendors in Building A will include:

Absolute Integrated Medicine

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Alzheimer-Parkinson Association

City Fit Outdoor Fitness Cmap

Dr. Keith Kalish, podiatrist

Envia Corporation

Environmental Health Care

Florida Spine

Healing Hands

Indian River Medical Center

Indian River County Health Department

Indian River Taekwondo/Lil’ Dragons Academy

Monnett Eye and Surgery Center

Sebastian River Medical Center

 Building B will feature Aaron’s Hearing Aid and Audiology, Longevity Fitness, VNA blood pressure checks, flu and pneumonia shots, Jungle Club Fitness, the Florida Eye Insitute, Advanced Motion Therapeutic and the Indian River County Recreation Department.

 For more information, call (772) 567-8000.

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