Our Promotoras’ (Health Promoters) 2016 Health Fair took place “front and center” in Palomas’ main plaza. Approximately 200 Palomas residents took advantage of a wide range of services given freely to people of all ages.
Promotoras provided tetanus vaccinations and glucose tests to fair participants. They also gave away 60 containers of Folic Acid and over 150 condoms. Local dentist, Dr. Karla of American Dental, provided free oral health examinations. Palomas firemen vaccinated 50 dogs for rabies. Staff from Prevemovil performed health evaluations. These evaluations identified 15 people at risk for nutritional and medical problems.
The 2016 Health Fair also highlighted the importance of good nutrition and exercise. The Promotoras prepared and served 200 nutritious vegetarian burritos. Local children enjoyed jumping on trampolines. They also participated in footraces and other physical activities.
The Fairs also owes its success to the assistance that several groups and individuals gave the Promotoras.
- The Binational Health Council (COBINA) covered the cost of materials and supplies for the Fair with their generous funding.
- Scott Davies of Columbus donated a new shade shelter.
- Peppers Supermarket contributed a significant 50% discount on all food served at the fair.
- Needy local residents left the Fair carrying bags of pinto beans, thanks to a tremendous donation from Diaz Farms.
Despite some problems with the electrical service, the Promotoras successfully presented models of good nutrition and physical activity at the 2016 Health Fair. Their efforts promote positive changes in the health habits of the community.