DUFFIELD, Va., 10/31/2023 – Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) and Aetna Better Health of Virginia have created the Healthy Tazewell Community Health Fair that will occur on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds in the Fuller Peery Building, 515 Fairground Rd., Tazewell, VA, 24651. From 12:30pm to 3:00pm, ET, the community is invited to attend this free health fair. Partners include Labor of Love Mission, Four Seasons YMCA, Carilion Clinic, Care Connections Rx and more. The event is generously sponsored by Aetna Better Health of Virginia.
Created to promote healthier lifestyles and to educate community members about Healthy Tazewell, health Fair attendees will receive health education, blood pressure checks, and fresh, healthy food for their holiday tables. Approximately 250 food boxes containing local produce, local meat and local dairy will be donated by ASD and 250 turkeys provided by Labor of Love Mission will also be given away. There are no requirements to receive donated items. All donations are first come first served.
Healthy Tazewell is ASD’s free prescription food box program that combines healthy food grown by ASD’s workforce development program called Groundwork at the Four Seasons Community Garden with nutrition education and managed care. The program’s goal is to improve health outcomes for individuals with chronic illnesses. Participation is through physician referral.
Lindsey Felty, ASD Outreach Manager in Buchanan and Tazewell Counties in Virginia adds, “We are so grateful for Aetna Better Health of Virginia’s support. This event is designed to bring a variety of resources under one roof to promote health and wellness for people in that community. We hope to do more events like this in the future”.
About Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)
Growing for a stronger Appalachia. It’s what ASD programs do. It’s what drives ASD’s commitment to build a thriving regional food and agriculture system that creates healthy communities, respects the planet, and cultivates profitable opportunities for Appalachians. Since 1995, ASD has been working in Central Appalachia, providing hope and making a difference for the people who call the region home. What began as opportunities for struggling tobacco farmers to grow fruits and vegetables have become lasting solutions to regional challenges that impact economic development, workforce development, food access, health, and wellness.
A leader in sustainable agriculture, economic and workforce development, and food access, ASD is developing a destination agriculture campus where innovation meets agriculture in Washington County, Virginia. To learn more about ASD, visit: https://asdevelop.org.