Wellness fair set for April 22

QCS Staff

Numerous agencies from Quay County, along with health providers from across New Mexico, will unite in four weeks for the purpose of educating area residents about their health and what resources are available.

The Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health (MCCH) Council is planning out the final stages for its bi-annual Wellness Fair, scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at the Tucumcari Convention Center.

“The point is to let people know what our community providers and agencies can do for them,” said Alida Brown, coordinator of the MCCH Council.

Along with informational booths, concessions and activities for children, the Wellness Fair will include 17 different types of screenings.

“What we’re trying to do is look at the reasons people are dying in Quay County,” Brown said.

What the council found was that breast cancer affected women and all groups were affected by colon cancer, diabetes and respiratory problems.

Checks are available for cancer and other areas, including vision, hearing, and stress. In some cases, council members said, people had dangerous conditions that they knew about only because of the wellness fair screenings.

“What we focus on,” Brown said, “is bringing these (screenings) to people who don’t have the means (to visit a doctor regularly).”

Admission to the fair is $1 or free with a donation of a can of food. Fairgoers will receive a map, a screening form and a bag to collect any handouts they may want from approximately 40 informational booths that have committed.

A few of the organizations set up for booths include the American Red Cross, Trigg Hospital, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and the University of New Mexico.

For information on the fair, contact the council at 461-4218.