Recap: 2016 Community Health and Wellness Fair

This year, we were blessed to build upon our church’s history of meeting health and wellness needs with the 2016 Community Health & Wellness Fair. To the glory of GOD, the event was a success. Well over 200 people of all ages attended, a third of whom were guests from the community!

With the help of our exhibitors and sponsors, we provided the following free services:

  • Over 80 blood tests including blood sugar, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, cholesterol and HIV
  • Over 135 blood pressure checks and body mass index (BMI) screens * Free health food tastings, exercise demos, health food and fitness class giveaways, face painting
  • Health & wellness education, including Bible-based
  • Referrals to community healthcare sites that accept low-income and uninsured patients

Our surveys showed:

  • 94% of attendees rated the fair as ‘excellent/above average’
  • 100% of exhibitors rated the management of the fair as ‘excellent’
  • 29% of attendees indicated ‘I found affordable healthcare for my family’
  • 65% of attendees indicated ‘I will improve my eating and exercise habits’

Comments from attendees:
“Today was great. Thanks for making the fair happen. I can’t believe all the tests I got free.”

“This is a good thing. It helps reach the church community that we normally wouldn’t” “To be repeated next year!”

“This should be done more.”

Comments from exhibitors:
“Though I have attended several health fairs, I was quite impressed with the level of attendance and how well organized it was.” – American Diabetes Association

“Thank you very much for inviting us to your event, it was a wonderful event and well organized. We met so many of your church members, they are so nice.” – YMCA

“Parking staff were outstanding…was impressed with everything you offered to make our day so pleasant. Special thanks to Henry from the media team. He was wonderful!” – Body & Soul Fitness
“Please invite us back!!!” – Olney Farmers & Artists Market

“Indeed we were overwhelmed and glad to see people approach the prayer table requesting prayer; we believe that testimonies are yet to come.” – Elder Nestor, Prayer Table

We are grateful to our sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, Media Team and church staff who served!

Prepared by Dr. Carmelle T. Norice-Tra, Bethel Health Team Leader