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The 8th annual Ocean Pines Community Health Fair, which is open to the public, will be held from 8 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway. It's a partnership of Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) and the Ocean Pines Association.

 “Ocean Pines, AGH and PRMC are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and are working to engage Ocean Pines residents and guests in conversations about common health concerns,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “Healthcare can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. Medical practitioners will provide important information, including tips on preventative measures.” 

Free screenings

Peninsula Regional Health System, with locations throughout Delmarva, will offer a full complement of screenings. Skin cancer screenings will be performed on Peninsula Regional’s Wagner Wellness Van outside of the community center. Inside, Peninsula Regional will offer blood pressure checks, stroke risk assessment, pulse oximetry, bone density, falls assessment and body mass index screening.

 Peninsula Regional will also have information on its comprehensive cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program, community support groups, Family Lab services, Lifeline medical emergency alert system, the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines and the new Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Ocean Pines.

Atlantic General Hospital will be providing various health-related screenings including glucose testing and cholesterol testing for total and HDL (a 12- hour fast is required), hearing, carotid, blood pressure and bone density screenings. Other information specialists will be there from the Sleep Lab, Endoscopy Center, Wound Care Center, Diabetes Education, Nutrition, Women’s Diagnostic Services, and Regional Cancer Care Center.

 Free Door Prize, Giveaways

 This year’s health fair will feature a door prize, a popular attraction for all who attend. Guests will register as they arrive and enter the door prize drawing. Merchandise from AGH, PRMC and the Ocean Pines Association will be used as a door prize.

 Ocean Pines Aquatics to Showcase its Health-Related Workout Classes

 The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department will be in attendance to showcase its exciting lineup of water aerobics classes that could be beneficial for patients in the recovery stage.

 Over the past few years, Ocean Pines Aquatics has steadily increased the number of aquatic fitness equipment, such as water trampolines, bikes, balance boards, an elliptical machine and a treadmill in addition to several different types of water weights.

 Ocean Pines Aquatics staff members are also in the process of obtaining certification for medically-based aquatics training, which will be introduced soon at the Sports Core Pool. The training will enable them to work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, Parkinson’s disease and more as well as pre- and post-rehabilitative therapy.

 Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market

 Resident Chef Maggie Haren will feature a variety of healthy recipes through interactive cooking demonstrations.  Haren is a popular member of the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market, which is located at White Horse Park each Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Family Favorites

 This year AGH will be offering free flu shots for participants over the age of 13 from 8 a.m. to noon during the event.

 For area residents, this is an opportunity to take advantage of free health services right in your back yard. For those a little further afield, it’s still a great opportunity to get a snapshot of your health and pick up some valuable tips along the way. All are welcome to attend, even those who are visiting the area. It promises to be a fun, informative experience.

 For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or