Incredible Turnout for University of Virginia's Health Fair

Posted: Updated: Jul 26, 2014 05:45 PM

Medical students, doctors, and nurses from the University of Virginia donated their time to identify potential health risks and share tips for healthier living.

More than 30 vendors lined up the whites tents out at Washington Park Saturday for a health fair. More and more vendors participate each year to help people in Charlottesville live healthier lives.

Doctors and nurses screened people for things such as eyes, teeth and blood pressure at the community health fair in Charlottesville's Washington Park. Organizers say it’s important to take advantage of these free tests.

"Its early detection and behavioral modification that can lead to longer life and a healthy lifestyle," said Martin.

After screenings, participants received tickets for raffles and exercised the many ways to stay healthy.

"Walking, dancing, hoolah hoop, jump rope, line dancing, just having a good time. It’s all about nutrition, exercise; you know eating the right foods and keeping the body healthy," Martin stated.

Kids, parents and grandparents made the event one the largest in its seven year history.

UVA medical student Jennifer Cooper said, "The turnout has been incredible. We were here last year and we screened close to a hundred people and we think we're going to exceed that this year."

New vendors to the health fair were impressed by this year's success.

"It’s very impressive to see how many folks are out here and volunteering their time and doing all of these tests,” said Betty Sharp from Blue Ridge PACE.

Organizers say the event's social atmosphere make people more comfortable talking with physicians about their health concerns.

"The biggest benefit is the leisurely pace opportunity to interact with health professionals and others in the community who are well aware of those factors that contribute to good health and to poor health,” said Martin.

The fair was held in conjunction with the 25th annual African American Cultural Arts Festival.

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