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Dr. Richard Alexander, left, works with Annie Powell with a free strength and balance test Tuesday at the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville.

As the initial Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Health Fair was wrapping up at the beginning of the calendar year, the success had event leaders planning to continue the community outreach program on a quarterly basis. The response from those attending the second SVRMC Health Fair Tuesday was no different.

“I think it’s great,” Annie Powell said. “Sometimes people have high blood pressure or high sugar levels and might not even be aware of it. They can come to one of these and discover a problem and get the information of what they need to do to have it treated.”

As soon as those attending the event walked through the door they came up on SVRMV Mammography Technician Betty Lou Robinson. She discussed the imaging available at the hospital to any visitor that wanted to find out what SVRMC offers to its patients. At the next table sat Jan Harrell, SVRMC physician liaison. Harrell handed visitors a specialty care physicians directory highlighting the network of doctors available at SVRMC and the Southside Physicians Network. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings were part of Tuesday’s program.

Dr. Richard Alexander, SVRMC director of rehabilitation services was also on hand giving free strength and balance tests to health fair visitors.

SVRMC Registered Dietician Michael Van Gelder was promoting healthy eating habits and discussing an upcoming “Living With Diabetes” program that will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the YMCA starting July 14. The first class of the month deals with nutrition and the second class of the month features medication information. To sign up for the classes call Van Gelder at (434) 348-4488. The classes are free.

Van Gelder has been a part of both health fairs at the YMCA and is pleased SVRMC is hosting them.

“It gets the community involved and promotes what we do and have to offer at the hospital,” he said.