Health Fair adds farmers' market and music to event

IRON RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) - Doctors, nurses and organizations gathered together in Iron River to provide services and education at this year’s Aspirus Health Fair, an opportunity for new and long time residents.

"It’s a fun thing to do a there’s a large population of retired people here so it really reaches a lot of things that we need," said new Iron River resident, Susan Johnson.

Tables were designated to specific hospital departments ranging from surgical services to diabetic education. The health fair also had testing and flu shots for the community, something that is important as flu season is approaching.

"We are part of a larger system that is based in Wausau, Wisconsin and they already seen flu cases down there and so we wanted to get ahead of things and make sure that people knew it’s time to get the flu shot," said Abby Miller, the marketing manager at Aspirus.

New this year was the outdoor venue of the health fair which included a farmers market to give people more of a healthier option for food.

"We have organic and non-pesticide foods here, so it’s the perfect opportunity here for us," said Virginia LaFountain, the farmer's market master.

But the farmers market wasn’t the only addition to the health fair. Organizers had live music and fitness opportunities for guests could see the many options the Iron and Dickinson County provides.

"I think it’s nice for something else to hang around for not just come and get your shot and leave so there’s some other fun stuff going on too," said Miller.

Aspirus hopes to continue to grow their annual health fair in the future.

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