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2018 Health Tent Activities

 

The Health Tent underwent a major change in format in 2017 (see the description below).  No such major changes are expected in 2018, but watch this space for updates.

 

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Changes for 2017

For more than 40 years the Health Tent has been part of the Berrien County Youth Fair.  In past years, the Tent featured in-depth, lengthy interactions with visitors.  Today’s fair-goers want something quicker, more fun, lighthearted.   So, a Steering Committee made up of Health Ministry leaders from area SDA churches developed a new format for the Tent.

The changes to the format of the Health Tent this year were made to accomplish the following goals: 

  1. To reach significantly more visitors than in previous years (goal of >6000 compared to 3000 in the past)
  2. To keep the experience at the Health Tent more fun and “Fair-like.”
  3. To show the visitors that Seventh-day Adventists are folks that care about the health of their neighbors 

 

 

Check our Facebook page for photos of this year's Tent.


 Take-Home Health Event Card

Each visitor to the various activities of the Health Tent (see below)  will be offered a 4 x 9" take-home card that:

1) lists physical/mental health events occurring at the Seventh-day Adventist churches in southwestern Michigan for the next few months on one side, and on the other

2) informs them about the "Unlock Revelation" seminar that is starting September 25, an opportunity to improve their spiritual health and well-being.

 

Blood Pressure/BMI/Body Composition

This section of the Tent focuses on healthy "biometrics" (numbers that a measurements of your health).  They are:

  1.  Blood pressure (BP) with automatic blood pressure cuffs
  2. Body Mass Index using scales and charts
  3. Body Composition using special scales that can detect % body fat, % body muscle, % water.

As visitors stop by for a quick BP, they can also get the other, more extensive measurements if they desire.  In addition, they can have a consultation with a health professional.

Visitors can also register for the 3 daily give-away drawings we will have:

  1.  $25 gift certificates from Apple Valley Market
    1. There will be 2 drawings a day for this prize.
  2. "Good-bye, Diabetes" book by Dr Wes Youngberg
    1. There will be 1 drawing a day for this prize.
  3. Gift certificate for massage in the deluxe massage chair at Andrews University Health & Wellness Department Office.
    1. There will be 5 of these available each day.

Visitors can take home 1) a small gift such as a fruit-shaped refrigerator magnet imprinted with "HealthTent.org" and 2) a card giving them information about why it is important to keep blood pressure and BMI within normal limits.

 

 

             Facial Skin Scanning

This is one of the fun, novel activities of the Tent.  Visitors will sit at a table and get a good look at the skin on their faces in a mirror while a black light illuminates them.  It can be eye-opening to see what years in the sun can do!  

A Tent volunteer will view them from the other side of the mirror and explain the different colors they are seeing on their skin.  The visitor's cell phone can be used to get a photo of their face through the volunteer's viewer.

The visitors will be encouraged to sign-up for the drawings and to visit the other parts of the Tent.

Visitors can take home a card giving them information about why it is important to prevent sun damage to one's skin.

    Grip Strength / Functional Fitness

Another fun activity at the Tent is the Grip Strength measurement.  Visitors can squeeze a hand dynamometer and get a reading of the amount of force they were able to generate.  This will then be compared to a table based on age and gender to determine if they are average, above- or below-average in hand strength.

Research has demonstrated that hand strength is positively correlated with the ability of older adults to live independently hence the term "Functional Fitness."

If a visitor wishes to measure their lower body strength, they can go to the back part of this section and take a timed-test as to how quickly and how often they can stand from a seated position without using their arms to help them up.  

Research as also shown this strength to be positively correlated with the ability of older adults to live independently.

The visitors will be encouraged to sign-up for the drawings and to visit the other parts of the Tent.

Visitors can take home a card explaining why it is important to maintain, or increase, one's upper and lower body strength.

 

 Drunk Goggles / Kids' Day Oral Hygiene

This section of the Tent is aimed mainly at young people who might be tempted to drive a vehicle while under the influence of a drug or alcohol.  The "Drunk Goggles" simulate a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Volunteers will assist visitors as they navigate a simple walking course while wearing the goggles.

Visitors can take home 1) a rubber wrist band with "HealthTent.org" embossed in it and 2) an information card about drinking and driving, or riding in a car with an affected driver.

Kids' Day

Tuesday of Fair Week is "Kids' Day" and the Health Tent will have a special activity for them that day.

Kids that stop by the Tent can chew a pink dental-disclosing tablet that will show the amount of plaque they have on their teeth.  The kids can see their pink teeth in a mirror.

They will get to take home 1) a toothbrush with "HealthTent.org" printed on it and 2) a card showing them how to properly brush their teeth and why plaque is not healthy for their teeth.

All visitors will be encouraged to sign-up for the drawings and to visit the other parts of the Tent.

More Information

Health Tent Brochure