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Free Health Screenings, Family Health Information Available at State Fair; State agency offers interactive display on Aug. 16-26

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 13, 2012  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2012) – Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information to help their families’ health and well-being through free screenings and educational activities at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit.

The interactive display, which will be located in the Health Horizons section of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, features a chance to speak one on one with health educators and learn more about family services.

CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes said staff working at the fair will encourage guests to make good lifestyle choices. 

“It’s a welcoming atmosphere, so visitors will have the chance to ask questions about how our services can improve their health or self-sufficiency,” she said.

Tobacco users who want to learn more about quitting can visit the fair on Friday, Aug. 24, when staff from the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program can provide information and referrals.

From 2:30-5 p.m. that day, program staff will invite those who have successfully quit tobacco to share their stories in video-recorded interviews to be used in a future awareness campaign.

“We’re collecting stories from across the state to share with the nearly 25 percent of Kentucky adults who are current smokers,” said Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program Manager Angela Criswell, who is coordinating the interview project. “Quitting tobacco is one of the toughest things to do. It helps when people who have been there share with you their struggles and victories, so you know you aren’t alone and that you can do it, too.”

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Secondhand smoke is one of the primary triggers for asthma.

Other topics covered at the fair include diabetes management, nutrition, children’s health insurance, finding quality child care, child support, immunizations and lead poisoning prevention.

“These are the programs that can help when families are facing barriers to better health and success,” Haynes said. “Our expert staff will be able to answer families’ questions to encourage them to take steps toward a positive lifestyle change.”

Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings, and body fat analysis will be available on several days.
Bone density screenings for women will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 26.

Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.

Elder Kentuckians will be in the spotlight on Senior Day, Tuesday, Aug. 21, when staff from the Department for Aging and Independent Living, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office and the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Safety Branch will answer questions. Also on Senior Day, staff from Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital will offer blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol testing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.

Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs. Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 16, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

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Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services 2012 State Fair Schedule

Program Featured Daily
• Blood Pressure Counseling

Thursday, Aug. 16
• Nutrition
• Child Support
• Environmental Lead Safety

Friday, Aug. 17
• Nutrition
• Child Support
• Finding Quality Child Care (STARS for KIDS NOW)
• KASPER – Prescription Drug Prevention
• Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages

Saturday, Aug. 18
• Child Support
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Sunday, Aug. 19
• Free Bone Density Screening for Women (18 and older) and Arthritis Prevention
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information

Monday, Aug. 20
• Diabetes Management – Ask an Educator
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information
• Health Literacy
• Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Electronic Health Records

Tuesday, Aug. 21 (Senior Day)
• Aging and Independent Living/Long-Term Care Ombudsman
• Free Blood Sugar, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Screenings – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital staff; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Adult Protective Services/Adult Safety
• Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Electronic Health Records

Wednesday, Aug. 22
• Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention
• Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
• Public Health Lab Services
• Kentucky Health Information Exchange – Electronic Health Records

Thursday, Aug. 23
• Public Health Preparedness
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Friday, Aug. 24
• Immunizations – Prevention for All Ages
• Tobacco Cessation
• Women’s Health
• Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

Saturday, Aug. 25
• Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP)
• Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
• Free Body Fat Analysis provided by Kentucky State University

Sunday, Aug. 26
• Free Bone Density Screening for Women (18 and older) and Arthritis Prevention
• Abuse Reporting and Prevention Information


The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.


Last Updated 8/13/2012