SNEEDVILLE – Nearly 25 health-focused organizations and companies are set to host a free health fair in Hancock County Saturday, August 19 at the Old Hancock County High School, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Dr. Manny Sethi and Healthy Tennessee are bringing in healthcare professionals that will be available to consult with local residents and visitors about their health concerns, as well as provide free health screenings, products and promotional items. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee will also be in attendance to offer free food to individuals who stop by the event.
“We’re thrilled with the response from local and regional health-focused companies and agencies that want to come out and be a part of this event to support a healthy community in Sneedville and the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Manny Sethi, president of Healthy Tennessee, and a Vanderbilt Orthopedic trauma surgeon.
One of the reasons Healthy Tennessee has held multiple health fairs and several healthcare symposiums over the past few years in East Tennessee is due to the state of accessible healthcare in the region. East Tennessee residents face economic and logistical challenges. One in six people in East Tennessee live in poverty and have difficulty meeting basic health needs. Among children in East Tennessee, one in five is at risk of going hungry each day, while the need among senior citizens continues to rise as well.
The primary goal is to raise awareness about quality healthcare available in the community. At the Hancock County health fair, a number of agencies will be on hand to provide information and assistance to local residents on what options and programs are available. Some of the free health screenings include blood pressure checks, BMI (body mass index), blood sugar screenings, eye exams for glaucoma, retina exams, hearing exams and diabetes risk assessments.
The Healthy Tennessee Free Health Fair will take place at Old Hancock County High School, 418 Harrison Street, Sneedville, TN 37869. Parking and admission are free.