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SKANEATELES — The Skaneateles YMCA held its first ever Community Health Fair on Saturday. 

Participants were treated to a number of activities and demonstrations from a variety of local businesses and health-care experts, including heart health screenings, chiropractic consultations, and antioxidant tests, all free of charge.

"We wanted to show what's out there in the community," said YMCA Health and Wellness Director Helen Williams. "We wanted to show that good health means more than just exercising and eating right."

Past community health fairs had been operated by the town, said Williams. The Y reached out to local health-care providers in order to build relationships within the community and educate the public on all the resources available to them. 

Crouse Hospital provided total cholesterol checks, blood glucose testing, and blood pressure testing for participants 18 years and older. Community members were encouraged to talk to healthcare professionals about their results and learn more about what they could do to lead healthier lives. 

Over 200 people took advantage of the interactive stations at the fair. A variety of services were offered, and participants were encouraged to get involved in the multiple health and wellness programs offered by the Y. 

"It was really exciting for people to come in and see what goes on here at the Y," said YMCA Program and Marketing Coordinator Alexandra Osborne. "We really wanted to highlight local business and integrate the community, and show that we're so much more than a gym."

The Skaneateles YMCA recently began its Annual Community Support Campaign, aimed at promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. To learn more visit AuburnYMCA.org/Skaneateles.

Staff Writer Mike Stoianoff can be reached at 315-282-2244 and mike.stoianoff@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenStoi. 

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