Hollywood, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services (DAHS)’s annual Health Fair returned, Friday, Oct. 19. The event featured 65 to 70 vendors who provided information about their services within the world of health and wellness.

As attendees entered the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, they were greeted by a smiling face who provided information, gave a questionnaire and handed patrons a bingo card that, when filled out, could win a wine tasting for four, a $50 Target gift card, or any of the other prizes donated to the fair. The event’s sponsors each had a space on the bingo card and a stamp on their table. Attendees trekked through the crowd and visited each of the listed tables, acquiring a stamp, filling their card, and thus earning entrance into the raffle.

Tables filled the building, lining the halls and leading into the main room where a majority of the organizations were located. Many gathered to see the offerings of each table but also to take advantage of services like flu shots, leg, vein, blood pressure, and blood oxygen screenings and mini-massages. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s office also allowed any individual to safely dispose of their prescription medications. In addition, information on prescription drugs and opiates was provided. Several presentations were given on topics ranging from Tobacco vs. Vaping — What’s the Difference? to Caring for Caregivers. Health enthusiasts could slip into a classroom and learn about one of the many subjects.

According to DAHS Community Programs and Outreach Manager Sarah Miller, the purpose of the fair is to “raise health awareness” and “promote community wellness.” Miller spends the better part of the year planning the fair and stated that she will begin planning next year’s in March. According to the department’s press release, “nearly 700 people attended last year” and they anticipated “a similar turnout for this year.”

For more information on the event, please visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging/healthfair.asp.

Contact Jerold at staffwriter@thebaynet.com.