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IU Health Goshen plaza features several health booths inside at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Thursday featured women’s health. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart General Hospital employee Cherie Brandt smiles as she talks with a co-worker at EGH's Healthy Lifestyle tent at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Diabetes prevention and awareness was their theme for the day. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Cara Storer, right, talks with Elkhart General Hospital employees at EGH’s Healthy Lifestyle tent at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Diabetes prevention and awareness was their theme for the day. David Hornback, left, and Daniel Wiegand, center, went through the tent with Storer learning about diabetes prevention. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Daniel Wiegand rides a stationary bicycle at EGH’s Healthy Lifestyle tent at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Diabetes prevention and awareness was their theme for the day. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Elkhart General Hospital Courtney Irving, left, talks with David Hornback as he stops at the Wheel of Wellness booth at EGH's Healthy Lifestyle tent at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Diabetes prevention and awareness was their theme for the day. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

IU Health Goshen employee Francisco Avila front, leads a warm-down near the end of a Zumba class at the health plaza at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Thursday, July 25, 2013. Thursday featured Women’s health. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
EGH, IU Health Goshen health screenings popular at the fair
Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 26, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.

GOSHEN — Near rows of vendors selling fried Oreos, funnel cakes and nachos dripping with cheese, health experts from two hospitals set up shop this week at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

Elkhart General Hospital and IU Health Goshen Hospital set up booths each day for fairgoers get cholesterol tests, blood pressure checks, skin cancer screenings, exercise demonstrations and other health assessments.

“We can capture a lot of people in one spot and offer some good health information for them in a casual, comfortable space for free,” said Brenda Miller, community outreach coordinator at IU Health Goshen. “People are asking about our services, and sometimes if it’s something we don’t offer, it might be something we can think about for the future. People also want to know about a lot of services that we’re not providing here at the fair, like our mammograms.”

One of the most popular activities at EGH’s tent was an interactive exhibit Saturday, July 20, that simulated cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival.

“When they entered the exhibit, we gave them a lanyard and assigned them a character with a bio,” EGH spokeswoman Shelley Rody said. “For instance, we had ‘Fran’ who was a mother, age 49, loved to garden, had her likes and dislikes and a career. Each patient went through stations, like biopsy, treatment and survivorship, and the clinical staff chatted with them as if they were real cancer patients. It was very eye opening.”

The two hospitals will continue health tests Saturday, July 27, at the fair. IU Health Goshen will have diabetic foot screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., blood pressure tests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and sleep health evaluations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The Goshen hospital’s tent is set up between the fair office and Young McDonald’s Farm and Youth Ag Center. EGH will have non-fasting blood glucose tests, blood pressure screenings and activities for kids and families from noon to 6 p.m. at its tent on Rotary Boulevard south of the dairy barn.