For the price of a pricked finger, hundreds of Madera residents had their blood-sugar levels tested Tuesday morning as part of a free community health fair in celebration of National Health Center Week.
It was one service — free blood pressure and body mass index tests were also available — that accompanied dozens of booths set up by local agencies to provide health-related information, promote exercise, and even give out gifts such as a child’s dental care set of a cup and toothbrush.
“Everything we offer is free,” said Eric Linville, director of community development for the Madera branch of the Darin M. Camarena Health Centers. “We are always looking for opportunities to bring health to the people instead of waiting for them to come to us. We always want to reach out into the communities we serve to make people healthier.”
A similar gathering is planned for Friday in Oakhurst from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., which will also act as Camarena’s one-year anniversary in that community. That center is at 49169 Road 426...