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Health fair offers a dose of natural solutions

POULSBO — Kingston’s first North Kitsap Health Fair is gearing up to help local residents steer toward improved health.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, the Kingston Community Center will be abuzz with local health care providers from a variety of fields setting up shop to educate attendees.

The event is free and all are welcome — even those of the four-legged variety.

Fields represented will include massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, veterinary medicine, dentistry, registered nursing and more. Basic vital sign check booths, chair massages, goodies and give-aways will be available, along with medical professionals ready to take questions, give advice and provide valuable baubles of health care knowledge.

The fair follows in the steps of the Hansville Health Fair held last September.

Co-organizer Sal Evjen is hoping the events can be held on a continual basis, either quarterly or semi-yearly, at various venues throughout Kitsap. Their presence is a much-needed one throughout the county, she said.

Evjen added the fair won’t boast the ordinary, run-of-the-mill gathering of doctors and dentists, but will instead host service providers of alternative medicines alongside the usual health fair finds.

“It’s really a variety of providers,” she said. “It’s a way to shop for your health.”

A few of those unique booths will include a gemologist and an infrared sauna provider.

Kingston Crossing Chiropractic and Massage’s Dr. Sunny Gill said the event, at which he will have a booth, gives people a chance to take control of their health.

“We have a job to do as alternative health care professionals to educate people,” he said. “It’s up to them to make an informed decision.”

Instead of offering prescriptions to attendees, Gill said providing information on natural solutions is what this fair is about, something he firmly believes is a much healthier approach. He said in a nation ranked 44th out of 50 when it comes to health care, events like this are vital.

For Evjen, who also works at Kingston Crossing Chiropractic and Massage, the fair is a part of a mission she and other area medical professionals have taken on — providing Kitsap County residents a chance to take charge and live healthily. Ten to 15 booths are expected for this event, and she hopes with each fair held the number continues to increase. She’d also like to add an all-day speaking event to an upcoming fair schedule. The next will probably be held this May, she said. Also on hand in Kingston will be the Poulsbo Lions Club, Curves and the American Red Cross.

For more information, e-mail Evjen at kitsaphealthfair@gmail.com.

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