For this week’s edition of Vida, I wrote a short story about the measures the Big Fresno Fair takes to ensure patrons’ health and safety.
I was happy to learn that the fair – which runs from Oct. 6 to Oct. 17 – will offer hand-washing demonstrations, educational information about flu vaccinations, and whooping cough vaccinations on Oct. 7.
But I think the Big Fresno Fair could do even more to promote community health.
In my opinion, the fair – the fifth largest in the state – is the perfect opportunity to get the message out about obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
It would also be the perfect opportunity to offer a health clinic. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of our local clinics could set up a mobile clinic at the fair, as Clinica Sierra Vista did during the Mexican Bicentennial celebrations on Fresno’s Fulton Mall a few weeks ago?
Now I’m going to hatch a big plan: The Big Fresno Fair overlaps with Binational Health Week, a huge mobilization effort intended to improve the health and well-being of underserved Latinos in the U.S. and Canada. During Binational Health Week, there will be free health fairs and health clinics throughout the San Joaquín Valley.
Wouldn’t it be cool if the Big Fresno Fair partnered with Binational Health Week and offered a free health clinic on Sunday, Oct. 17 – the last day of both events, and the day the fair typically draws the most Latino patrons? That way, fair-going families could get a free medical check-up, and then head over to the Paul Paul Theater to hear the popular Argentine band Enanitos Verdes for free.
I know holding a Big Fresno (Health) Fair would take a huge amount of planning, but it sounds good in my community health dream world.
I’ll be at the fairgrounds in the next few weeks to check out the fair’s heart-healthy food map and its new farmers market exhibit. Check back to this blog, or follow me on Twitter (@HarvestHealth) for updates from the fair.