Frankford health fair offers fun, food and fitness

The Frankford Community Health Fair has been a popular event for the past decade and organizers keep adding fun and educational activities each year to make it even better.

This year is no exception. The health fair, set for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Department, is organized by Beebe Medical Center, which this year has partnered with the Frankford Public Library to add a Fun Walk to the day’s activities.

The walk, according to Mary Shockley, youth services director at the library, is a “casual event,” as opposed to a competition — one in which families can walk from the library to the Frankford Town Park, and when they walk the path on the perimeter of the park three times, they are eligible to enter a drawing for prizes, which include a basket of goodies from Good Earth Market and a punch card for Energy Gym.

Walkers will be welcomed from 9 a.m. on, according to Shockley. Early-birds can catch a free breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. in the fire house, according to Catherine Murphy, community health coordinator for Beebe Medical Center. The breakfast is sponsored by Christian Care LifeNet and will be cooked by members of the fire company, Murphy said. A light lunch, also free, will also be available starting at noon, provide by Beebe.

Now coordinating her third Frankford Community Health Fair, Murphy said, “It’s always a really, really great event,” with fun activities and plenty of useful information and resources all in one place.

A helicopter from Christiana Care LifeNet will make a visit to the firehouse during the fair — a popular attraction when weather permits it to be there, Murphy said.

Health screenings are always an important part of the health fair, she said. Health screenings available for adults at the fair include glucose (diabetes), body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure and bone density.

Flu shots will be available for children and adults, from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

New this year is a screening for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which includes physical and cognitive elements, Murphy said. That test takes about 20 minutes and includes three different tests, she said.

In addition to the screenings, the state Department of Social Services will be on hand and will have access to the state portal for anyone who has a question about a service or who needs help navigating the services available from the State.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity” for anyone who might have difficulty getting to a state facility to get questions answered, Murphy said.

In all, about 25 vendors and organizations will be represented at the fair, among them the Lions Club offering vision screenings, Tunnell Cancer Center, Safe Baby Education, the Delaware Food Bank with a fun family activity, and hands-only CPR lessons. There will also be information on resources for a variety of needs, from dental services that are available through the state, to breastfeeding, teen pregnancy, mental health, sexual assault and communications devices for the elderly.

Murphy said she has made the fair as bilingual as possible, with information available in both English and Spanish.

There will be drawings for prizes every hour, including for an Amazon Fire Stick from Christiana Care LifeNet.

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Department is located at 7 Main Street, Frankford. For more information on the Community Health Fair, call (302) 645-3337.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter