What used to be the Veteran’s Health Fair has morphed into something much bigger and better than ever before. On Saturday, Oct. 26 Mesa View Regional Hospital, The City of Mesquite Nevada and the Mesquite Chamber teamed up to bring residents of Mesquite and the Virgin Valley the Community Health and Wellness Festival.

The new Community Health and Wellness Festival along with the discounted blood testing that was available during the month of Oct. through Mesa View’s Lab was the brainchild of CEO Ned Hill.

Hill was an administrator at a hospital in Wyoming who sponsored a community health fair with great success. Hill thought that the same type of event would greatly benefit the Mesquite community; they already hold several smaller health care events, Hill thought that combining events into one large community event and holding it on a Saturday would benefit all Mesquite residents young and old. Hill wanted the new Health and Wellness Festival to become a family friendly event. Health doesn’t discriminate by age or status and neither should health care information.

An opening ceremony led by Mayor Al Litman and the Mesquite Honor Guard will be held at 8:30 a.m. to start the day in the Recreation Center Gymnasium. Lunch that day is on Mesa View Hospital and the Eureka but it’s going to be cooked by everyone’s favorite chefs, the Mesquite Fire and Rescue workers in the Recreation Center’s back yard. Mercy Air will have the helicopter on site and be available to answer questions and give you a peak into the small quarters and challenges they must work with.

All veteran’s services that were available at prior Veteran’s Health Fairs will be available at the Health and Wellness Festival including free flu shots, glucose and lipid panel testing.

Mesa View health care providers will be available to answer questions and provide informative demonstrations throughout the day. Free Blood Pressure testing will be available as well as a host of other interactive booths. Mesa View Regional Hospital’s blood test results will be available to all who took advantage of the discounted blood work.

There will be a “Kids Corner” with balloon artists and face painting, live entertainment with Bottoms Up Band, the American Red Cross will be onsite for blood donations and the Salvation Army will be collecting canned food donations.

There’s plenty to see and do with a full day’s schedule of activities for everyone; come on out enjoy the festival and learn about how to manage your health care.