Thursday, February 22, 2018

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Doris Oberholzer of State Line attended the Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair a couple years ago at the insistence of her daughter, Sherry.

She had been experiencing dry mouth and low energy levels.

“I wasn’t one to run to the doctor for every little thing,” Oberholzer noted.

Sherry wanted her mother to take advantage of the free blood tests that accompany the health fair. Doris agreed to go and fasted for 12 hours prior to her blood test. When she received her results, her numbers revealed she was diabetic.

“I was surprised by how high they were,” she said of her blood glucose level.

Oberholzer was instructed to follow up with her primary care provider and has been working to manage her type 2 diabetes ever since.

“I don’t know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t gone to the fair. Diabetes can have so many terrible effects.”

This Year’s Fair

The 35th annual Waynesboro Hospital Health Fair, “Inspiring Hope for a Healthier Life,” will be 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, 550 E. Second St.

Free and open to the public, the health fair is presented by Waynesboro Hospital, an affiliate of Summit Health.

The event will offer screenings and information for all ages on health and wellness from Waynesboro Hospital departments, Summit Health physician practices and community agencies.

“We always look forward to hosting this event for community members,” said Waynesboro Hospital Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Melissa Dubrow. “The health fair helps inspire area residents that a healthier way of life is within reach.”

The hospital’s lab team will again offer free screenings for cholesterol and blood sugar.

“One of the most important steps a person can take in taking charge of their health is in learning their numbers,” said Dubrow.

Adults 18 and older who plan to have their blood tested should not eat or drink 12 hours prior to their screening.

Additional free screenings and tests offered by Waynesboro Hospital and other community agencies at the health fair include:

  • Bone Density
  • Simple Lung Function
  • Grip Strength
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Blood Pressure
  • Adult and Child Vision
  • Body Composition

This year’s health fair will once again feature apparatus from Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department for children to learn about and, weather permitting, the LifeNet81 Medical Helicopter will be on-site for fair-goers to view.

A new “Creation Station” will offer a variety of fun activities to ignite the imagination of the fair’s youngest attendees, or anyone who wants to get in touch with their inner artist.

For more information, click here or call (717) 765-4000, extension 5323.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.