The 2017 Brown County Health Fair will take place on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum.   

The event will feature free heath screenings, snacks and door prizes from the Brownwood Regional Medical Center and other community health organizations. Health fair attendees can get a variety of screenings and assessments of their choice, including total cholesterol, pulse oxygen level, grip strength, blood pressure, body fat composition, reflexes, hearing, vision, weight and more.   

Andrea Lee is the marketing coordinator at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She said the fair’s early start time is designed to give residents time to attend the fair before work, and that screenings like the cholesterol check take only a few minutes to complete. “It’s just a needle prick,” Lee said. “It’s usually ready within 10 to 15 minutes.”   

Lee said attendees who want to get most or all of the screenings should set aside about 30 or 40 minutes. “They can do as much or as little” as they want, Lee said.   

Various organizations have donated door prizes to the health fair. Lee said fair attendees can register for door prizes at the booths. “There’s really, really some neat door prizes,” she said. “There is an RTIC 30 oz. mug with an insulated ice chest. We have beach baskets, healthy snack baskets. One of them is a glucometer, a diabetic basket, with everything a diabetic would need.”   

Lee said everyone in the Brownwood community can benefit from a health screening. “Everyone needs to know what their cholesterol scores are, their glucose and blood pressure,” she said. “We want to support them community, and we want to offer these screenings and services so that people can keep up with their health scores.”   

The theme of this year’s health fair is “Ride the Wave to Good Health.”