Smoking, obesity top Okaloosa County health concerns

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 06:02 PM.

"We get four or five a day," she said. "For some of our services, we went to same-day appointments because of that."

Cindy Hammonds, an administrator with the county's Crestview Women, Infants and Children health program, called WIC, said starting walk-in clinics has reduced some of the problem of no-shows.

"It kind of regulates itself," Hammonds said.

Local health efforts

On the local level, the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, through its Health and Wellness Committee, addresses the preventive health care and health assessment needs of residents through its annual Community Health Fair, usually held in the fall.

The committee's goal is "to build awareness of many health related organizations available in the Crestview and surrounding areas," according to the committee's website. A variety of vendors offers healthcare screenings and provides education during the health fair at the Crestview Community Center, which traditionally has a turnout of hundreds of residents.

Area health fairs also include the Baker Health Fair, held at the community's school near the start of the school year and hosted by the Baker Lion's Club, which includes children's health as one of its organizational goals.

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