Free health fair planned for IFB Annual Meeting

By Ashley Rice

How often do you take time to check in with your health? Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to do just that at a new health fair.

This free event will feature booths and speakers on topics such as healthy eating, mental health, opioids and general safety.

In addition, health screenings ranging from skin cancer checks, osteoporosis, blood glucose and blood pressure will be provided at no cost. Massage therapists will also be present.

Macro- and micro-talks will tentatively include Trooper Tracy, Illinois State Police Social Media Coordinator; Josie Rudolphi, Ph.D., University of Illinois assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering; and Amy Rademaker, Carle Hospital Rural Health and Farm Safety Program coordinator, among other speakers.

The Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program, Life Line Screening and the Illinois Dermatological Society are just some of the organizations making the free health screenings possible. “We’re hoping our farmers will take advantage of the services being offered -- maybe the ones that won’t take time off to go to the doctor,” Donna Gallivan, IFB conference and program manager, told FarmWeek.

The health fair was created out of an effort to not only improve IFB annual meeting activities, but also address real-life concerns, Gallivan noted. It will take place in the Adams Room on the sixth floor of the Palmer House. The health screenings will only occur on Dec. 9, while the macro- and micro-talks will take place Dec. 7-9. More information about the health fair will available in the coming weeks.