Alexander City Health Fair

msquill talking to a visitor to the health fair.

msquill talking to a visitor to the health fair.

I had a great time at the Alexander City Health Fair this past Saturday. There were at least 15 local health and health education related vendors there to share information with the people of Lake Martin. It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and learn about the services offered in Alexander City and the neighboring communities. While sitting at my table I spoke with at least 30 people about herbs, the importance of nutrition, and answered a quite a few questions about what I do, and why I do it. About mid-morning, I taught a small class about the medicinal and nutritional value of plants which, quite literally, grow in their back yards. We discussed dandelion, plantain, milk thistle, yucca, magnolia, and stevia. Stevia is not native to this area, but does well here when planted in a backyard garden.

 

 

The health fair ran at the same time as the weekly Farmer’s Market, and the festivities carried over to both events. The Farmer’s Market hosted a cook-off.  Participants were required to use fresh ingredients from the market vendors to create a tasty and health promoting dish.

A cook off entry

A cook off entry

In addition, a local organic farmer brought one of their goats so that people could learn the health benefits of goat milk. Children got an opportunity to milk the goats.

A friendly goat

A friendly goat

Those who visited the health fair seemed to enjoy themselves, and I think everyone learned a lot. Here are a few more pictures from the Health Fair.

Your teeth are important to your health, too!

Your teeth are important to your health, too!

Offerings from the Farmer's Market

Offerings from the Farmer’s Market

msquill talking again...

msquill talking again…

 

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