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Healthy Tradition
By Jackie Williams


November 16, 2007
Friday AM

Dear Editor;

Many thanks go out to the organizations, businesses and volunteers that brought about the annual Ketchikan Community Health Fair. The call went out in our community for another entity to organize and manage the Health Fair: Tongass Substance Screening (TSS) stepped up to fill the need.

Alaska Health Fair, processes the blood tests, the Ketchikan Public Health Center, had flu shots available: the K-Hi Health Class took blood pressures, weight and BMIs (Body Mass Index) as well as offering the most basic type of eye exam. The Blood Bank of Alaska in conjunction with First City Rotary collected blood donations. Over forty exhibitors were present to provide information and encouragement to improve the quality of our lives.

Every autumn, the Health Fair is the only time some folks will have a health screening of any type and at a more affordable cost for those who have to pay out of pocket. More than three hundred people had blood tests and by doing so are take part in their own wellbeing.

An extra special Thank You goes to the outstanding people who donated the gift of Liquid Life; 129 units of blood were donated.

We are truly a community, who cares about one another,

Jackie Williams
Ketchikan, AK


Received November 15, 2007 - Published November 16, 2007


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