SOURCE: Minnesota Health Fairs Inc.

August 19, 2011 16:51 ET

Celebrating 11 Years of Healthy Fair Fun

Health Fair 11 at the Fair Wants You to Know Your Numbers

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN--(Marketwire - Aug 19, 2011) - Health Fair 11 at the Fair celebrates its eleventh year of providing free or low-cost health screenings and information to people attending the Minnesota State Fair. Each year, fairgoers flock to the Health Fair 11 building to take advantage of great health-related offerings for people of all ages. Since 2001, more than 460,000 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, and lower back pain evaluations. Germ City returns to help visitors learn if they are doing a good job at washing their hands. 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. Also available are free teal-colored tote bags in which to carry health and wellness information materials and other state fair treasures.

New this year
Prostate Screenings
Yes, it's true. The Drive Against Prostate Cancer, in conjunction with Health Fair 11, Gentleman's Night Out, Luther Auto Group, and the University of Minnesota Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, is providing FREE prostate cancer testing at the Minnesota State Fair. The test consists of a simple blood test and a physical examination. No insurance is necessary. The mobile screening unit will be parked just outside the Health Fair 11 building.

CaringBridge, a Minnesota-based nonprofit providing free patient websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to their family and friends, will host the "Compassion is Contagious" exhibit. Fairgoers can post inspirational and supportive messages to loved ones facing a health journey. The messages will be on display for the duration of the fair, inspiring others to spread compassion when health matters most.

Get a flu shot before school starts
Why wait to get a seasonal flu shot? The virus starts to spread once children return to the classroom. That means now is the perfect time to be immunized.

Flu shots will be available daily. 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.

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 11, UCare, and North Memorial Medical Center.

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

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Craig Hotvedt