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Ripon plans health fair on Oct. 17

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POSTED July 31, 2009 1:50 a.m.
RIPON – Liz Waterbury knows that not everybody can afford to get a proper health screening.

And that’s why she’s hoping to bring the proper medical personnel right to them in the heart of Downtown Ripon – giving residents one more thing to look forward to during the annual Main Street Day celebration that will take place on Oct. 17.

“Right now we’re still in the organizing phase, and we’re trying to get vendors to come be a part of this,” said Waterbury,  the Ripon Community and Youth Commission Secretary. “Whether it’s free blood pressure checks or low-lost flu shots, we want to provide something for the community that will help raise awareness of their health.”

For the past several years the Health Fair has been held in conjunction with Main Street Day – one of Ripon’s two large annual gatherings that draws thousands to the booths that line Main Street – and the sheer number of attendees has provided a perfect environment for medical staffers, non-profit groups, and health workers to offer some basic services to the public.

But don’t let the standard pamphlet booths and blood pressure cuffs fool you into thinking that this is just another informational fair.

If Waterbury had her druthers – and she’s working very hard to make sure that she gets them – the event would include important booths that offer things like cholesterol screening and a test for Body Mass Index to let people know whether or not they’re toeing a dangerous line with their health.

In order for any of that to be a success, however, Waterbury and the rest of the Ripon Community and Youth Commission have to find suitable volunteers willing to work the Oct. 17 event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will also provide free space for health-related businesses to promote their products and meet prospective customers – while health drinks and services can be provided for a fee. The sale of food is not permitted.

As for Waterbury, just seeing something like this come to fruition is reason enough to put her time into being a part of one of Ripon’s most active commissions.

“We’re just trying to make some sort of difference here in the community,” she said. “This gives all of us on the commission a chance to give back, and if in this case we can help somebody realize that they can do something that will help change their life then there’s really no way to explain how great that is.”

Those interested in being a part of the health fair can e-mail Waterbury for an application at – with a deadline for receiving applications set for Oct. 5. A certificate of liability insurance and resale certificate are required if applicable.
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