“Health is not only the absence of infirmity and disease but also a state of physical, mental, and social well-being.” (World Health Organization)
Good health is a critical foundation for self-reliance and provident living. Poor health can interfere with education, employment, food production and storage, financial solvency, and spiritual development—all elements of self-reliance.
A health fair is an educational, interactive event which provides:
- Basic health information.
- Motivation for leading a healthier lifestyle.
- Health screenings.
- Health interventions.
Local health fairs can:
- Focus on local health issues needing immediate attention.
- Include worldwide issues and help address global health concerns.
- Be organized as:
◊ Typically calendared events such as a Relief Society
activity or a unit educational day.
◊ Special events such as a senior health fair or a community
service activity such as a blood drive.
- Be reduced to topics taught in a classroom setting like a combined priesthood and Relief Society lesson.
Benefits of Health Fairs
- Encouraging healthy lifestyle changes can:
◊ Decrease illness and injury.
◊ Decrease sick days.
◊ Decrease health care dollars spent.
◊ Increase length and quality of life.
◊ Improve self-image.
- Helping members maintain good health enables them to:
◊ Progress personally.
◊ Strengthen their families.
◊ Serve in the Church and community.
- Providing members with reliable health information:
◊ Ensures they receive it.
◊ Encourages them to avoid taking “shortcuts” in
eating or exercise habits.
◊ Helps correct misinformation found in media,
in advertisements, and by hearsay.
Potential Community Partners
Health fairs can improve and strengthen relations with community partners, while helping to improve members’ health. Some potential community partners include:
• Red Cross or Red Crescent agencies
• Fire or police departments
• Health care professional groups
• Family or social service agencies
• Emergency preparedness groups
• Agricultural extension services