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Fair focuses on health
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With spring upon us and summer just around the corner, many are looking to improve health and wellness.


The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce hopes a health fair on April 26 at Rock Creek Park will be the inspiration community members need to improve their health.


“Healthy businesses need healthy people working for them,” said Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Linda Williams.


More than two dozen local chamber business members associated with the health care industry are scheduled to participate in the fair, which will be held from 5-7 p.m.


Pam Hamalainen, the chamber's member director, said participating businesses include area hospitals, physicians, health insurance providers and counselors to name a few.


Hearing, vision and diabetes screenings and blood pressure checks will also be available at no charge.


Additionally, a local literacy group will be at the fair to give tips on “reading prescriptions and knowing what questions to ask during a doctor’s visit,” Hamalainen said.


Williams said the health fair also shines a spotlight on the county’s park system.


“We're very proud of Rock Creek Park and all the parks in our system. We wanted to do what we can to support the parks, that are not just used for ball games,” she said. “There are many activities for adults and the entire family.”


The health fair is open to the public and is free.