EL CENTRO - As part of Open Enrollment Season, the Imperial Valley held its Annual County Health Fair.
With the sound of live music and a dance performance by local dance instructors, the 2012 Annual Imperial County Health & Benefits Fair kicked off.
Almost 1,000 county employees took some time off from work to take part in the 4th annual health fair.
"Its main function is to provide them the health awareness", says Imperial County Human Resources Director Rodolfo Aguayo, "The event also rewards them to some extent with food, live music, entertainment, and at the same time why not talk about our health".
The booths were setup by local businesses and health departments. Some of the services offered in the booths were health screenings, information on how to eat healthier as well as Zumba and gym memberships.
"Research has repeatedly shown that people, who exercise, live well, they live long, they live healthy. That component in their lives will make the biggest difference not only now, but when they're 80, 85, 90, right? We wanna live well".
The county human resources department organized and coordinated the annual event… they say that the fair has grown since it started 4 years ago.
"It's getting bigger and bigger every year", says Rosa Quintana. "Last year we had about 900 employees, this year we expect more. They just love come and participate, they also love to come see the band, Latin Fuze, play".
Part of the fair's objective is for the employees to choose new benefits and programs as they welcome the New Year.
Public works employee Omar Bravo enjoys the health fair every year. He echoes the HR Department's sentiments.
"This is great", he says "Every year it's getting better and better and better. This is bigger than last year. It's nice".
County employees also had the opportunity to get their flu shots free of charge if they had not yet done so and if they wanted to, could donate blood.
The Health Fair not only gave County Employees a small break from work, the information received here is going to benefit them greatly.
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