The fair is Aug. 14-24 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit will feature information to help support the strategies of Gov. Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative, which prioritizes the well-being of Kentucky’s citizens and sets several health goals for all Kentuckians.
CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes said kyhealthnow challenges individuals to take meaningful steps toward improving their health.
“For many of our agency's fair guests, meeting with a counselor or getting a screening at a relaxed environment like the State Fair can be a first step toward that goal,” she said.
The exhibit will also include experts who can answer questions about the state’s health benefit exchange, known as kynect: Kentucky’s Health Care Connection. The exchange, a key element of the federal Affordable Care Act, was launched last year.
Haynes said that the event is a great chance for kynect experts to educate the public about how to enroll in or make changes to a health insurance plan through kynect. The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15.
“Even if they’ve successfully enrolled, some people have concerns about their health coverage, and exhibiting at the fair lets us answer visitors’ questions about the process to insure their families and employees,” she said. “Because of kynect, a healthier future for Kentucky is here.”
Since Oct. 1, 2013, kynect has helped more than 521,000 Kentuckians enroll in healthcare coverage through private insurance plans or Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Visitors to CHFS’ fair display can learn about other services from an array of rotating program exhibitors.
The interactive display, which will be located in the Health Horizons section of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center’s South Wing B, will feature learning activities for children and adults, free screenings and on-site health educators who can speak one-to-one about wellness and prevention.
Haynes said staff working at the fair will encourage guests to make good lifestyle choices. Guests can learn more about chronic disease prevention and management, child support enforcement, abuse reporting and prevention, nutrition, immunization recommendations, finding quality child care, health literacy and more.
Staff will offer free daily blood pressure screenings and body fat analyses will be available on several days.
Health screenings are not a replacement for regular doctor visits, but, paired with counseling, they may indicate a concern to discuss in greater detail with a health care professional.
One the fair’s Senior Day - Tuesday, Aug. 19 - staff will provide free stroke screenings, including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol tests. Also that day, staff from the Department for Community Based Services’ Adult Protective Services Branch will answer questions.
In the South Wing, the cabinet’s Nutrition Services Branch staff will assist visitors with the Rock and Relax room, sponsored by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Baptist East Hospital. Parents can stop by to privately and comfortably nurse, feed or change their infants and learn about breastfeeding and baby safety.
Listed below is a calendar of daily and featured programs. Exhibit buildings at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center are open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Advance discount tickets, purchased at Kroger, are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors 55 and older and children ages 3 to 12. Beginning Aug. 15, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Children 2 and younger get in free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.
To learn more about kyhealthnow, visit governor.ky.gov/healthierky/kyhealthnow.
For more information about kynect, log on to kyenroll.ky.gov.
To learn more about CHFS programs, log on to chfs.ky.gov.
For more information about the fair, visit kystatefair.org.
Thursday, Aug. 14
Friday, Aug. 15
Saturday, Aug. 16
Sunday, Aug. 17
Monday, Aug. 18
Tuesday, Aug. 19 (Senior Day)
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Thursday, Aug. 21
Friday, Aug. 22
Saturday, Aug. 23
Sunday, Aug. 24
Information provided by Anya Armes Weber
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