A chance to learn a little about your health, and how to improve it, is coming to the Wal-Mart in Athens on Saturday.

A health fair is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and will be set up inside the store on the west side near the pharmacy.

“This is the first time for this Wal-Mart to do it.” Wal-Mart pharmacy representative  Laney Cowan said. “We want to try to do it once a year to educate the public.”

A number of organizations that provide various functions will be represented at the health fair. Carter Blood Care is scheduled to be there. The center serves 26 counties in north, central and east Texas, accepting blood donations and educating about blood-related health issues.

The Cain Center, which features a gym and workout facilities, will offer information at the event.

Court Appointed Special Advocates will explain their role in helping children when they're involved in cases that are going through the court system.

The Athens Police Department will bring information about how to dispose of drugs once they've gone out of date.

The Athens Fire Department is coming with safety information, while the Red Cross will educate the public about what to do in a disaster, how to administer CPR and how to become a volunteer.

East Texas Medical Center will bring information about cancer, and how to prevent and detect it.

Nursing students from Trinity Valley Community College will be administering blood-pressure checks.

Samples of some health-related items, like Metamucil and Five Hour Energy Drink, will be available at the health fair, Cowan said.

The Henderson County Humane Society is also scheduled to educate about animal care.

“It's not just a health fair. We want to show what's available around the county,” Cowan said. “We want to help the people of Henderson County know who to contact if they need something.”

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