Rota fair promotes positive health habits
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain — Those who want to quit smoking, lose weight or manage stress can get started Friday at the fourth Rota Health Fair.
There will be 42 tables set up with health-care professionals who want to help. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fitness Center.
Anyone with access to the base is invited, according to Kay Kinghorn, health promotions director at the U.S. Naval Hospital.
“It’s a springboard to finding something that fits for them,” Kinghorn said. “Sometimes people don’t realize how many health professionals we have right here. We really do have a wealth of resources available.”
Health personnel at the fair will include dietitians, exercise instructors and early-childhood experts.
New exhibits this year, Kinghorn said, include one on African-American health issues and one to teach young people how to become drug education mentors.
The goal, she said, is for people to learn about Rota’s health resources, how to access them and, ultimately, to make healthy lifestyle changes.
A survey taken at last year’s fair showed it was the first health fair for two-thirds of the attendees, Kinghorn said.
Forty-two people had blood drawn for a cholesterol check and seven were found to have abnormally high levels. They made appointments to get treatment. Forty-five people had their vision checked.
This year’s fair will include a 5-kilometer fun run and walk at noon.
“It’s for anyone who just wants to have a good, healthy, brisk walk,” Kinghorn said.
On March 5 there will be a trimmed-down version of the health fair at the Rota American High School gym. That event will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.