Medical College of Georgia Health Systems and the Augusta Red Cross teamed up to present their 19th annual health fair Saturday.
Held at Abilene Baptist Church Gymnasium in Martinez, the fair played host to hundreds of adults and children looking to learn about health.
"This health fair is about helping people live better lives," said Angela Jerzak, marketing manager of MCG Health Systems.
"It's in a more laid-back atmosphere where visitors can find about certain areas of their health, take a free or low-cost screening and even donate blood. By putting MCG's and the Red Cross' name on it, it lets everyone know that these are top professionals here that really know their business."
The event was free and open to the public with more than 30 booths offering information on topics such as cancer, heart health and sports medicine.
Dr. Ulrich Lane (left) of Medical College of Georgia Health Systems conducts a vision test on Douglas Paulowski at the MCG/Red Cross Health Fair.
Photo by Donnie Fetter
Free and low-cost screenings included bone density, vision, hearing, body-fat analysis, blood pressure and dermatology.
Other more extensive screenings included blood chemistry tests for $15, which is about an 80- to 90-percent discount compared to the same test conducted in a medical facility.
Local puppet troupe Kids on the Block gave free performances for children to help them be less afraid of a doctor's office and the tools doctors use.
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