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Health fair draws hundreds

Published:   |   Updated: October 14, 2013 at 07:51 AM

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BROOKSVILLE - Hernando County has a unique way of making learning about health fun.

The more than 700 people who attended the ninth annual Hernando County Community Health Fair on Saturday explored options from a full spectrum of health care providers amid a lifesize dancing Gumby, an Elvis impersonator and a souped up race car, among other perks and live entertainment.

Dozens of medical representatives and vendors set up tents and booths, drawing customers in with raffles and a feast that had attendees lining up for plates of food.

Among the vendors was G.M. Ramappa, MD & Associates, whose staff volunteered in scrubs, serving food, painting faces and submitting raffle tickets for prizes, notably a computer tablet, MP3 players and gift cards.

"We're doing a drawing over here with three bikes," said officer manager Laura Weber. "It's exciting. I have an awesome staff and they all just pitched in."

Vendors also offered free blood pressure tests, drew blood from donors, and set up an inflatable jungle gym for children to play.

"This is the second time I've been here, and it's madness," said Dave Bartly, a benefit consultant for Ultimate Health Plans, which is a Medicare Advantage Plan based in Spring Hill. "This is open enrollment."

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