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Richards hosts health fair

  • Written by Bob McParland

  Hundreds of young families attended the fifth annual Back to School Health Fair sponsored by District 218 on Friday, August 9 at Richards High School.

  Featuring a host of free and reduced-cost health care services, including school physicals, vision screens, and dental exams, the event arrived at an opportune time for area families.
  “We start planning for the health fair in January. Fortunately, we have many staff members who volunteer to get all the details right and make this event a success. We have a district that’s always looking to serve our community,” said Superintendent Dr. John Byrne.
  Aside from the physicals and exams, the fair featured a menu of free health screens for blood pressure, body mass, and spinal health. District 218 also offered free food, drinks, and school supplies.

  Participating health care providers included St. Xavier University Health Center; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile from Christ Advocate Medical Center; Complete Vision Care; Orland Park Dental; MetroSouth Medical Center; Rosecrance Health Network; Little Company of Mary Hospital; and, many others.