The 22nd annual Purchase Area Health Expo, hosted by Purchase Area Diabetes Connection, will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 9am-Noon at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office (2025 New Holt Rd., Paducah). New this year, the Paducah Police Department will also host DEA Drug Take Back Day in the parking lot during the event.
The health fair will include free health screenings, healthy recipes, and educational information from community partners. Free flu shots will be provided by Mercy Health. Free health screenings include A1C readings, fall risk assessment, eye screening, HIV and Hep C screening (antibody testing), blood glucose, and blood pressure. There will be free recipe samplings. Attendees can come-and-go between the times of 9am and noon.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring unneeded or expired prescription medications to the event for proper disposal on DEA Drug Take Back Day, hosted by the Paducah Police Department. This gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill misuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Liquids, needles and sharps will not be accepted; only pills and patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Gold sponsors include Humana Healthy Horizons, United Healthcare,Inc, and Wellcare. Bronze sponsors include Passport by Molina and Humana Marketpoint. Partnerships include Baptist Health, Mercy Health, McCracken County Cooperative Extension, Anthem Medicaid, Paducah Police Department, Purchase District Health Department, Turning Point Recovery Community Center, and Graves County Health Department.
For more information on the Purchase Area Health Expo, contact DeAnna Leonard, RN, BSN, Licensed Diabetes Educator, at the Purchase District Health Department at 270.444.9625, ext. 107.
More can be found on the Purchase Area Diabetes Connection Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PurchaseDiabetes More information about Drug Take Back Day can be found on the Paducah Police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PaducahPolice
Purchase Area Diabetes Connection is a coalition of health professionals and community members whose goal is to increase diabetes awareness and promote Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support and Diabetes Prevention Programs. Our vision is to reduce the burden of diabetes in our community. Some ways we serve our community: Provide diabetes education resources to schools and other organizations; organize our annual Diabetes Expo in October and promote diabetes resources in our district. If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved, contact DeAnna Leonard at 270-444-9625 ext. 107 or dleonardpurchaseheatlh.org.