The Madison Free Clinic is hosting a community health fair Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the banquet room at Pig N Steak at 11:30 a.m.

The health fair offers Madison residents a chance to have healthy snacks along with health screenings.

Brenda Clements, executive director of the Madison Free Clinic, is hopeful that residents will take advantage of the family friendly, free event.

“We will be having diabetic friendly snacks, low cholesterol snacks and low sodium snacks as well as a bounce house for kids,” said Clements. “The event is free and designed to bring awareness of health-related services in our area.”

Clements hopes to increase awareness of the services provided by the free clinic and other health care professionals in the area. She is hoping that other non-profits, MESA and Skyline CAP will participate as well.

The health department will be on site doing blood pressure checks.

Co-organizer Olga Mirmanova, a marketing specialist with United Health Community Plan, said that she and Clements have planned the event during National Health Week and hopes that the event will showcase options for health care that are available within the community.

“Not only will [United Health Community] have a table, the free clinic and other providers including UVa Primary Care will be there as well,” said Mirmanova. “We hope that people will come by, have a snack and learn about the various options for care in Madison.”

The Madison Free Clinic has been serving Madison County residents since 2011. The non-profit provides medical care, including dental, vision care and medication to uninsured residents. It is run with mostly volunteer labor and is supported by local citizens, churches, businesses, foundations and the Madison County Board of Supervisors.

For more information about the health fair or the Madison Free Clinic visit www.madisonfreeclinic.org or call Brenda Clements at 948-3667.

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