Annual Health Fair
Last February, Diane organized the annual Health Fair, one of the most popular FHAOI events. Healthcare professionals made presentations and conducted free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings and hearing tests. Dr. Robert Law has participated for several years, and everyone looks forward to his visits.
Representatives from businesses in the greater Orlando area attend each year to inform residents about their businesses. It’s an opportunity for residents to walk away with material they can use in the future, should the need arise.
Businesses represented at the Health Fair each year run the gamut from doctors, assisted-living facilities, Helping Hands, a nail salon, and several funeral homes. For the past several years, The Bridge Assisted Living facility provided a continental breakfast, and one of the funeral homes held a drawing for a Bible. Walgreens and CVS attended and conducted drawings for gift certificates. Residents left the Health Fair with a bag full of goodies from local businesses.
Representatives from 55 Alive were on hand to explain the program, which requires an eight-hour training and reduces the cost of auto insurance.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office enlisted residents to serve as resident patrols through the Citizens on Patrol (COP) program. COPs patrol the community in Sheriff’s Office vehicles. If they see anything suspicious or spot criminal activity, they report it.
Those who signed up and passed a security check received training at the Volunteer Academy in crime prevention, first aid, CPR and how to spot suspicious and criminal activity.