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Planning a Health Fair: Activity Ideas for Health Fairs

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Booths, Exhibits and Demonstrations

The following are suggestions for hands-on booths you can put together or solicit others to provide during your health fair.

Key to Suggested Target Audiences:

  • Grandparents: GP
  • Adults: A
  • All Audiences: ALL
  • Older Adults: O


Contact the AARP (American Association for Retired Persons) [http://www.aarp.org/]
for information on older adult health as well as benefits available to seniors country-wide.

Arthritis Education (A,O)

Contact the Arthritis Foundation [http://www.arthritis.org/] for materials on arthritis and how to care for it.

Back Health (ALL)

Ask your local chiropractor to show a display of the backbone and discuss the importance of posture and having a healthy back. Let the care provider know he or she can advertise the practice through this booth by giving out free notepads, pencils, etc. with the business information printed on them.

CPR and First Aid (ALL)

Ask your local EMS (Emergency Medical Services), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), or paramedic to demonstrate CPR, first aid techniques, and give a tour of an ambulance.

Dental Care (ALL)

Ask your local dentist to provide an exhibit or booth on dental care. Ask if toothbrushes, dental floss, etc. could be given away free of charge at the booth. Let the dental care provider know he or she can advertise the practice through this booth.

Hand-washing (A, GP)

Have a demonstration booth on hand-washing. Put a small amount of glitter on participants’ hands. Let one participant wash their hands in a bowl with soap and one without soap. Show how soap gets rid of the glitter (germs) better than water alone (be sure to have pitchers of fresh water available). Or, put glitter in your hand, shake the hands of participants, and show them how the glitter was transferred. Explain how germs are transferred in this way. (This activity could also be done as a short program, rather than a booth, during your health fair.)
You can also call The Soap and Detergent Association [http://www.sdahq.org/]
at (212) 725-1262, or go to their Web site to order the following:

  • Clean and Safe – an eight page brochure on cleaning products, disinfecting, storage and safety. Free.
  • Home Safe Home for Your Explorer – leaflet illustrating potential dangers and how to prevent accidents. For persons responsible for the care of young children. Free. Available in English and Spanish.
  • The ABCs of Clean – a program for preschool children, parents, and teachers on hand-washing, surface-cleaning, etc. Comes with posters, games, songs, etc. Complete program $20; Classroom Packet (without video) $5; they may also have discounts available to professionals—be sure to inquire.

You can also call the Glo Germ Company [http://www.glogerm.com/] at 800-842-6622 and order their materials which include a light and liquid to show if hands were washed properly. Charges vary depending on which kit is selected.

Home Health Center (A, O)

Make a display of the health care medicines, supplies, and information to have on hand in the home, including self-care tools (e.g., thermometer, humidifier, cold pack, etc.), over-the-counter products (e.g., cough expectorant, cough suppressant, antidiarrheal, hydrocortisone cream etc.), and information such as family medical records and self-care resources. Local retailers might wish to donate some of these things as door prizes.

Mental Health (ALL)

Contact your local mental health facility; some have stress monitors and computer programs for biofeedback, which they may be willing to provide during your health fair.

Nutrition (ALL)

Work with a local nutritionist to develop exhibits that talk about proper diet, cutting down of fat, and reading labels

Poisonous Snakes (ALL)

Contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks to show a snake display and explain how to know which snakes are poisonous and most likely to exist in your area.

Poison Prevention (ALL)

Have a booth to teach participants to beware of “look alikes.” Many items look similar and can be mistaken for one another. For example, children often mistake medicine for candy or liquid cleaners for beverages. Make a poster with different pills and candies. Have flaps to conceal what each item is called. See if participants can discriminate between the candy and medicine.

In the bathroom, many adults and older adults mistake one product for another due to rushing or vision problems. Try placing masking tape over the labels on toothpaste tubes, arthritis/muscle cream, and hemorrhoid cream; or eye drops, nasal spray, and ear drops. See if participants can tell the difference. Contact your area Poison Control Center for displays and other information that may be available.

Tobacco Use Prevention

There are a multitude of resources you can use to present a booth on preventing the use of tobacco, including:

  •  (ALL) – Medical Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco – Develop a very graphic display that delivers an amazing series of images that show how “smokeless” is the most harmful nicotine induction vehicle. Define what smokeless tobacco is and then tell how it is used. Also, plan to demonstrate some oral health problems and the additional dangers of smokeless tobacco.
  • (ALL) – Smoking Effects and Hazards Display – Develop a display that shows why tobacco is America’s #1 health problem. Help viewers to understand the initial and long-term effects of nicotine and smoke by-products on the human body.
  • (ALL) – Death of a Lung – Obtain a set of models or photos to use as part of this display. The first model should show regular contours and healthy color of the normal, non-smoker’s lung tissue. The second model should depict the soft, irregular shape and blackened color of tissue from an emphysematous lung, with collapsing air sacs within the lung wall like the ones that will eventually smother the smoker. In the third model, cancer of the lung appears as a large, whitish-gray mass.

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