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Last Saturday saw the launch of the annual Health Fair and Blood Drive. The fair is sponsored annually by the Rotary Club of St. Croix Harborside, Rotary Club of St. Croix, and St. Croix Rescue.

Liz Goggins, Rotarian and public information officer for St. Croix Rescue, said the fair is important because it serves the people in the community who need it the most. “Fairs could be the only time some people get tested.”

Based at St. Croix Rescue Academy at Five Corners, people had the chance to get the usual free screenings – blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol.

This year, participants also tried out the hottest fitness craze, Zumba, led by Colleen Quinn, fitness instructor at Curves St. Croix. Participants then registered for a free week of workouts at Curves.

Dale Kline, a registered dietitian, discussed healthy diet planning. She told people small changes over time make a huge difference. Dianne Brinker, mental health counselor, spoke to people about stress management.

People also got the chance to chat with John St. Rose II, a homeopathic practitioner, learning how to detoxify their liver, kidneys, and large intestines.

Gail Bourdon, president of St. Croix Rotary and an organizer, said the fair was an opportunity for people under insured, or without insurance to get the basic screenings. She said 100 people took advantage of the screenings and sampling of services.