Health Fair a hit


Pecos County Memorial Hospital hosted their Fitness Fiesta Health Fair on Saturday bringing together around 40 different health entities.

The fair was at the Pecos County Civic Center and featured $25 flu shots, free health screenings and goody bags at every booth.

“It is a great event for for Pecos County,” said PCMH CEO Betsey Briscoe. “We incorporate health care and family related things that bring the community together.”

The event brought services that are in Fort Stockton as well as other places in the county such as Amerigroup, Aerocare and Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center.

There were presentations from Mike Belcher at Scrap Jitsu and from the classes offered at the PCMH gym.

Maria Carillo and Leticia Gaylor demonstrated Piloxing which is a combination of boxing and pilates which launched at the gym in July.

“It's been overwhelmingly positive,” said Maria.

The class is taught by certified instructors and focuses on strength and sculpting.

The Crisis Center of West Texas also had a booth at the fair to share their programs with the community.

“It's an opportunity to volunteer and advocate for the prevention of domestic abuse,” said Katelyn Paredes, crime scene technician.

Focused Care at Fort Stockton was on hand to promote long term living for the elderly with their brand new team.

The Pecos County Extension office was at the event with Karan Heffelfinger promoting 4-H, dinner tonight and the Texas Extension Education Association, the old homemakers club.

“We are really trying to recruit and get new members,” she said. “It's a benefit to the seniors.”

The Fort Stockton Public Library was there to remind people that they have more than books.

Public access computers, printers, music events, citizenship classes and piano classes are just a few of their offerings.

“A lot going on,” said Director Elva Valadez.