GOLDEN VALLEY, MN--(Marketwire - August 19, 2010) -  Health Fair 11 at the Fair celebrates its tenth year of providing free or low-cost health screenings to people attending the Minnesota State Fair. 

During the past decade, fairgoers have flocked to the Health Fair 11 building to take advantage of great health-related offerings for people of all ages. Since 2001, 370,000 health screenings have been documented at Health Fair 11 at the Fair.

This year, Health Fair 11 building visitors will find blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, bone density and body mass measurements, hearing and vision assessments, blood typing, balance evaluations, and free tote bags in which to carry health and wellness information materials they obtain from exhibitors. Fairgoers can step on the official weight scale, pick up information on food allergies and celiac disease, and have their children tested for lead exposure. 

New this year: Germ City and Great Hang Up
How clean are your hands? Does your child do a good job of washing his or her hands? Families can learn if they have good hand washing skills by taking a trip through the Minnesota Department of Health's Germ City. The exhibit includes "glitterbug goo," black light booths, and hand washing sinks.

Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to take KARE 11's Great Hang Up pledge. The pledge is a public health campaign to convince people to not talk or text on a cell phone or other mobile device while driving. Health Fair 11 has created special "DRIVE NOW-Talk/TXT L8R" window clings to encourage people to take the pledge and then share the message. Clings will be available daily from 6 - 9 p.m.

Get a flu shot before school starts
Flu shots will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nurses with the nonprofit Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA) will vaccinate people ages three and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Both the injectable vaccine and nasal spray vaccine will be available. The MVNA encourages people to bring proof-of-insurance cards. Parents: this is a perfect time to have your children vaccinated before they get exposed to the flu virus at school.

Location, location, location
Health Fair 11 at the Fair is located on the southwest corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St. The building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is made possible by Health Fair 11, a partnership of KARE TV, UCare, and North Memorial Medical Center. 

Contact Information:

For additional information, contact:
Craig Hotvedt
Executive Director
Health Fair 11
763-797-7299 - office
651-632-2711 - fair phone