Health Fair 11 at the Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is filled with all kinds of temptations. Calorie-laden foods, cute animals, thrilling rides, and people-watching are among the attractions that lure two million people to the fairgrounds each year. There is at least one healthy choice that fair goers can make – stopping by Health Fair 11 at the Fair to get checked out.

This will be the 18th year that Health Fair 11 has provided free and low-cost health checks to people attending the Minnesota State Fair.  Health Fair 11 at the Fair offers a variety of health screenings and education in its building located at the intersection of Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Streets.

Seventeen organizations are joining forces to make Health Fair 11 at the Fair possible. Among the services offered: blood pressure checks, hearing assessments, blood typing, balance screenings, and memory-loss evaluations.  Health organizations will provide the newest information on Celiac disease and living with food allergies. Fairgoers can weigh themselves and pick up the official list of state fair foods that are gluten-free. Flu shots will be available for people age three years and older. An area has been set aside for people sit and relax while recharging their mobile devices. New mothers will find private areas to use for breast feeding their babies or express milk.

New this year
A new exhibit will provide free vision screenings for preschoolers.  Another exhibit will have experts available to discuss Minnesota’s medical marijuana program.

Health Fair 11 at the Fair participants
Here is a complete listing of the participating organizations and services they will offer in the Health Fair 11 building.

Memorial Blood Centers  –  Blood Typing
ree blood typing is offered to anyone age 16 or older. With just a tiny finger prick, fairgoers will find out if they have A, B, or O type blood. MBC has been part of Health Fair 11 at the Fair since it first opened its doors in 2001.

Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives for nearly 70 years as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, MBC also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, visit MBC.ORG.

United Family Medicine   –  Blood pressure & Glucose checks
It wouldn’t be a health fair without good ol’ fashion blood pressure checks. Staff with United Family Medicine are joining Health Fair 11 at the Fair to provide BPs and blood glucose screenings.
United Family Medicine is an independent, nonprofit provider of primary health care, physician training, health promotion and outreach services. Continuing its 70-year-old mission, UFM strives to meet the needs of the medically uninsured, underinsured and underserved residents of Saint Paul, though they serve people of all income levels. UFM believes that healthy communities are built not only on the kind of medical care and services offered at its clinic, but also on the vibrancy and commitment to future generations that they value and foster.

Lions Club, International – Preschool Vision Screenings
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. If a child can’t see well, they can’t learn well. That’s why Lions Club International is offering free vision screenings to children age six months to six years of age. The Lions will use two types of screening equipment to check the preschoolers.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind”. Since then, Lions and Leos have improved eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Today, 80% of vision impairments are preventable or curable, so the Lions’ services are more important than ever before. Lions and Leos screen vision, educate communities, build clinics and support the blind and visually impaired through assistive technology and vocational training programs. They work to preserve the precious gift of sight for the world.

Leafline Labs  – Minnesota’s medical cannabis industry 
Minnesota is one of several states that has approved the use of medical cannabis. However, there’s much confusion over who is eligible for using it. If you’re one of the thousands of people with questions about medical marijuana (but are afraid to ask) here’s your opportunity.

LeafLine Labs is a leading provider of care, manufacturer, and distributor of medical cannabis in Minnesota. It is devoted to meeting the needs of patients who are in need of medical treatment involving cannabis.

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association – Food Allergy Information / Weight Scale 
Fairgoers will find the latest information on food allergies at the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota  (AFAA) booth. Information on fun fair alternatives for people will food allergy issues will also be available.  AFAA will also be operating Health Fair 11’s official weight scale.

AFAA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate, advocate, and to support those with food allergies. AFAA’s motto is: Taking the Fear out of Food Allergies. Severe food allergy reactions annually result in about 50,000 emergency room visits and the death of 150-200 people in the U.S. each year who inadvertently ate a bite of food that triggered a severe reaction called anaphylaxis.  Approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. Of the more than 200,000 Minnesotans have food allergies, 60,000 are school children.  Not only are food allergies increasing, but they are becoming more severe and complex.

Minnesota Board on Aging – Fall prevention & Balance checks
Growing old is not for the timid. The Minnesota Board on Aging staff are ready to answer questions about preventing falls and ways to avoid injuries related to aging.
First established in 1956, the MBA is one of the pioneers in the field of aging policy, information and assistance. It works closely with its Area Agencies on Aging, which are located throughout the state, to provide services that seniors need. The Board’s 25 members are appointed by the governor.
MBA listens to senior concerns, researches for solutions, and proposes policy to address senior needs. In addition, MBA administer funds from the Older Americans Act that provide a spectrum of services to seniors, including Senior LinkAge Line®, Insurance Counseling and more.

Bluestone Physician Services   – Memory assessments & Alzheimer’s disease education
Memory assessments are used for early detection of cognitive decline which could be a result of an undiagnosed health issue. Staff with Bluestone Physician Services will provide one-on-one discussions about memory issues.

UCare  –  Ask-the-Doctor / Ask-the-Pharmacist / Ask-the-Medicare Expert
A trip to the Fair would not be complete without a new tote bag from UCare. (Get ready for the new bag color making its debut at this year’s Fair!) Stop by at the top of every hour for an opportunity to claim a UCare bag to transport all the other Fair freebies. UCare will also be hosting Ask-the-Doctor, Ask-the-Pharmacists, Ask-the-Pediatrician, and Ask-the-Medicare experts opportunities from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on various days.

UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health coverage and services to Minnesotans across the state. Working in partnership with health care providers and community organizations, UCare serves:

  •  Individuals and families choosing health coverage through MNsure, the new insurance marketplace
  • Medicare-eligible individuals
  • Individuals and families enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance
  • Adults with disabilities

Be sure to thank UCare for being an official sponsor of Health Fair 11. Their support makes Health Fair 11 at the Fair possible.

MVNA/Hennepin Healthcare – Flu Vaccinations  

Nurses with MVNA and Hennepin Healthcare are ready to help you avoid getting the flu. Staff will offer seasonal flu vaccinations 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  Nurses will vaccinate anyone age three or older. It’s a perfect time to vaccinate the entire family before sending them back to school or off to college. High dose vaccine will be offered to people over the age of 65. Be sure to bring along insurance cards or other proof of insurance.

OBGYN West –  Women’s Health Issues & Mother’s Room  & Women’s Health Issues –
Nursing mothers will find feeding their babies a bit easier this year with OBGYN West’s two Mothers’ Rooms.  OBGYN West’s exhibit space will provide two private Mothers’ Rooms for women looking for a lactation friendly environment that supports mothers who choose to breastfeed.

OBGYN West is offering unique hands-on experience of some high tech medical devices. OBGYN West will have an ultrasound machine in their exhibit space August 24-25. Intuitive Surgical is bringing the da Vinci robotic operating system to the fair on August 27 & 28.

OBGYN West has 11 providers and 2 physician assistants covering three locations (Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Chaska) in the metro area. OBGYN West has been providing women’s health services for over 50 years.  Its physicians are committed to compassionate, comprehensive women’s health services through adolescence, the reproductive years, pregnancy and through menopause.

R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids) Twin Cities – Gluten-free Fair foods list
R.O.C.K. has assembled a comprehensive list of Fair foods that are gluten-free. Stop by to pick up the official list. (You can also find it here.) The organization will also provide information on living with gluten sensitivities and Celiac disease.

R.O.C.K. Twin Cities is a non-profit group made up of volunteers who provide information and support for families whose children have celiac disease. The organization works to increase awareness of the disease through its website, events and education programs.

R.O.C.K.`s Twin Cities chapter is one of 65 chapters across the United States. The local chapter started in 1999 with just a handful of families. The group is now over 200 families strong! Members have one special bond: raising a family that has a child or children that must remain gluten-free. It is a challenge.

Minnesota Academy of Audiology – Hearing checks & Otoscopy
For five dollars, fairgoers can have their hearing checked and see their eardrum on a video monitor. Audiologists will be available to answer questions about hearing loss. Staff will give away ear plugs and batteries-on-a-stick to current hearing aid users.

The Minnesota Academy of Audiology is the hearing and balance authority dedicated to promoting excellence in and advancing the profession of Audiology in Minnesota.  MAA is committed to developing and supporting audiologists. This is accomplished through leadership in legislative advocacy, best practices, high ethical standards and education of members, healthcare professionals and the public.

Relax and Recharge Lounge
Fairgoers will find a place to Relax & Recharge thanks to Health Fair 11 sponsor UCare. It’s a great place to de-stress and rest tired feet while, at the same time, recharging personal electronic devices. The comfortable and durable furniture for this exhibit is provided by By the Yard.

Limited time opportunities
On designated days, fair attendees can learn about health matters from these organizations:

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance  – Brain Injury & Concussion education
The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance it is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Minnesotans affected by brain injury. Over the decades, the Alliance has developed from an advocacy driven organization, to one that focuses on both advocacy and direct service. August 23-25.

Sickle Cell Services of Minnesota  – Sickle cell anemia disease education
Sickle Cell Foundation of MN (SCFMN) is the only active sickle cell community-based organization in the state of Minnesota. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and communities affected by sickle cell disease through education, advocacy, access to resources, and community empowerment. The group provides education, support, advocacy and exposure to Sickle Cell Disease as well as give a face, a voice, and a purpose to a little-known community.  August 26-27.

National Kidney Foundation – Kidney disease education
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading volunteer-led, nonprofit health organization, dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Stop by to learn about support groups based in Minnesota, drug discount programs, and diet management tips for people living with chronic kidney disease. August 28-29.

PanCAN Minnesota  – Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is a nationwide network of people dedicating to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This year, nearly 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 37,000 will die from it. Learn about resources available in Minnesota. August 30-31.

NE Wellness  – Holistic treatment procedures
Curious about fire cupping and acupuncture procedures? NE Wellness, based in Minneapolis, gives you a chance to experience them first-hand. NE Wellness is built on the idea that healthy individuals make healthy communities and that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare, no matter what. Stop by to learn about holistic treatment options. September 1-3.

About Health Fair 11 
Health Fair 11 coordinates Health Fair 11 at the Fair. Health Fair 11 is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide health education and free or low-cost health screenings. Health Fair 11 operates with support from UCare and KARE 11 TV. Learn more about becoming an official sponsor of our organization and about other programs at www.HealthFair11.org .