Community Health Fair Returns to Portland FUMC

Posted at 10:45 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 13:58:59-04

PORTLAND, TX — First United Methodist Church of Portland is hosting its Fifth Annual Community Health Fair this Saturday.

This event marks the return of yet another ministry for the church, whose building sustained heavy damage by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The congregation was displaced from their campus for eleven months, meaning events like the Community Health Fair had to be put on hold. Now, however, the church is back in their buildings and resuming their outreach efforts.

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has once again provided funding for costs related to the Health Fair, and bicycle helmets for children will be provided through the Hard Hats for Little Heads program of the Texas Medical Association. Driscoll Children’s Hospital is offering free backpacks to the first 100 elementary school students who attend.

Some of the key services that will be offered during the Health Fair include:

  • UIL Physicals
  • Screening for diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Adult immunizations
  • Free backpacks with school supplies for elementary students
  • Free vision checks
  • Information on mental health, chiropractic care and good dietary practices

Fitness and proper nutrition for all members of the family will be a major focus of this year’s Health Fair.

There will also be an area addressing parenthood, including information about pregnancy, breastfeeding, infant and child nutrition, and effective discipline for various ages.

In the parking lot, Texas A & M will be providing vehicle emissions testing to detect problems that could negatively impact the health of everyone.

Additionally, area service providers will offer information on a variety of community resources for rehabilitative and assisted living options.

FUMC Portland is located at 4545 Wildcat Drive. Activities will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those with questions should call (361) 777-2000.