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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. And, they don’t all wear capes, right? The theme for this year’s 4th Annual Benton County Community Health & Wellness Fair is “Be a Hero to your Health!” Virginia Gay Hospital is encouraging all Benton County residents to be heroes to their own health and make plans to attend on Saturday, April 7 from 8 am to Noon. This free event, open to all ages, will be held at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School, 210 W 21st St, Vinton.

Who is your hero? Attendees will have a chance to say thank you to anyone who has had an impact on their life by adding a special message to a Hero Tribute banner on display at this year’s fair. It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge a favorite teacher or show your gratitude for a public servant or a mentor who has made a difference for you or the community.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities with some of your favorite superheroes. Kids and adults are encouraged to join the fun and come in costume, too!  Event organizers are encouraging you to post “selfies” on social media with #bentonco_healthhero.

Plans include over 40 displays covering a variety of health and wellness topics as well as activities for individuals and families. Weather permitting, this year’s outdoor activities will include super-size versions of Jenga, Connect-4, and of course, last year’s instant hit, the human foosball tournament will be back for another run. Teams of six (ages 10 and over) will compete for bragging rights as Benton County Human Foosball Champs. Participants can register in advance for this tournament on the Vinton Parks and Recreation Department website at www.vprdzone.com. Vinton Off Road Cycling (VORC) will highlight local opportunities for cycling, hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and trail running and offer a bike riding demonstration.

KCRG-TV9 has confirmed members of their weather team will be broadcasting live from 8-9 am on fair day and will be handing out a limited supply of free weather radios once again donated by the Vinton Fareway Food Store. The Vinton Police Department will be completing child safety seat checks in the high school parking lot and offering a Student Resource Officer information table inside the fair. K-9 officer, Gino will make an appearance from 10-11 am.

Free blood pressure checks, healthy child screenings (development, hearing & dental), Lions Club vision screenings, and LiveServe Blood Center blood typing will all be available that morning.

It takes more than just one organization to put together an event of this size. The Virginia Gay Hospital healthcare team is pleased to partner with the Vinton Parks & Recreation Department and many other local professionals in the areas of health, wellness and safety to bring this special health event to the community. Organizers have been working the last few months to create a morning filled with absolutely something for everyone.

Robin Martin, the director of the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation and the chair for the event committee, commented, “we’ve assembled a wide variety of health, safety, and wellness resources all in one place and created a lot of fun and interactive activities to make this an event not to be missed.”

“This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a lot of people in our county and find all the resources to make your life healthier and happier,” says Greg Walston, Benton County Extension Program Director. “It’s neat to see how many people care about the health of the residents in our county and the variety of services offered.”

Stay up-to-date on all the planned activities for this event, by visiting the Virginia Gay Hospital facebook page or by visiting the event website: www.bentoncohealthfair.com.